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Video Artist Cy Kuckenbaker Cuts Up Everyday Scenes Of San Diego

Reported by Nicholas Mcvicker

Kuckenbaker recently sat down with KPBS to discuss his time-consuming editing process, the significance of car colors, and trying to rediscover the city he calls home.

Cy Kuckenbaker's videos have racked up millions of views online, but they don't scream "viral." They're built on everyday images of San Diego, reshuffled meticulously to collapse time.

Cy Kuckenbaker's videos have racked up millions of views online, but they don't scream "viral." Planes landing at an airport... Cars drifting down a freeway... Kuckenbaker takes images of everyday life in San Diego and meticulously reshuffles them, cutting out chunks of time to create surreal visions of the city.

"That's really what these videos are about," he says. "Just compressing time as much as possible."

That approach has won Kuckenbaker tons of accolades across the Internet. His work has been called "surprisingly hypnotic," "crazy-looking," and "gorgeous." "I love this," wrote veteran blogger Jason Kottke.

The latest addition to Kuckenbaker's San Diego Studies looks like a surfer's wildest dream come true, a fantasy break where perfect waves roll in one after another like clockwork, no lulls in between.

One Hour of San Diego Surfing Time Collapsed

One Hour of San Diego Surfing Time Collapsed: San Diego Study #4 from Cy Kuckenbaker on Vimeo.

For his latest San Diego Study, Cy Kuckenbaker trained his lens on surfers in Point Loma.


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