October 7th, 2011 | WEEKEND

Is It Art?

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Photo by Max Saltarelli.

In case you were having a normal day, here’s food for your developing sense of the absurd! This video was one of ten shorts commissioned by Panasonic for “Capture the Motion,” a project intended to promote the 2004 Olympics in Athens. Separated from this context by YouTube, however, it is your artistic and curatorial right to claim it as whatever you want. Try telling your friends that the awkward lady’s muscles are real, or that new dog training methods have yielded poodles with supercanine motor control. Perhaps the extraordinary genius behind this bizarre internet jewel lies in the comedy that emerges as our attempts to reason through it are systematically shot down for the sake of absurdity.