Watch Now: Oakland, October 25th by David Colagiovanni
Oakland, October 25th is a short hand drawn rotoscoped animation depicting Veterans for Peace member Scott Olsen after he was wounded by a non/less-lethal round by riot police on October 25, 2011 at 14th Street and Broadway in Downtown Oakland.
Colagiovanni’s rapid and less defined marks mirror the raw feeling of the energy of an event, then cluster and organize into more detail and care in the forms of the people participating, the vessels of said energy. His approach locates the extreme starkness of the situation deeper into the parts of the mind that try to understand, empathize, and otherwise connect through time and space with something meaningful. The layered surface nuance of a secondary participant – in addition to being a viewer – tracing over the kinetic recording and in essence rerecording it into a personal and then recasting of a public memory, could be described as a drawn version of “the people’s mic”. a people’s sketchbook.
The original source video was recorded by Ali Winston a reporter for KALW 91.7 FM. You can see it here: youtube.com/watch?v=cMUgPTCgwcQ