My daughter showed me these fascinating videos on YouTube. The visuals (including the representation of the leader singer/rapper) are taken from action clips from within the game Runescape. Runescape is a vast interactive game set in an imaginary quasi-medieval virtual space. The hundreds of thousands of people who are playing at any time can interact with game elements as well as with each other. My daughter arranges to meet her friends (and their avatars) within the game. They can accomplish game tasks, talk freely with each other, and so on.
In order to create these videos, the directors of the game have to have their avatars say the lyrics (or the responses) to the songs. They need to coordinate groups of people to go along with them (the “back-up singers” need to be asked to walk beside them, sing, or otherwise play their video part.) The avatar ‘director’ has to direct from within the game in the virtual space. The avatars have to venture to all the different virtual locales which appear in the video. The videos aren’t real time though – they’ve had to be assembled from clips of the avatars movements within the game.
These videos are a fascinating mapping of one set of limits (the song) onto another (the restrictions of the Runescape game.) It’s an intriguing kind of specialized constraint-based art creation. Blue? I can’t paint the sea using blue. I don’t have blue. I’ve have to make it red.
This video is "Diary of Jane" by Breaking Benjamin.
Here's Eminem in Runscape: