James R Ford

Hit Me With Your Best Shot (2008)

2 hours 40 min 45 secSingle channel / Digital Video / Colour / Sound

"This durational film features no tuneful audio—only the pathetic clicks and twangs produced by the plastic guitar controller can be heard as Ford plays his way through all 39 solo career songs in the Guitar Hero III game. One critic described Hit Me With Your Best Shot as being “like Cage's 4′33 for the video game generation.

In the sixteen week run up to Christmas 2008, Ford launched a participatory project in direct relation to this video work. Entitled HMWYBS Mystery Tracks, video clips of individual 'songs' were published on YouTube weekly and viewers were invited to guess which track was being played"

Artist's statement

Other works by James R Ford

CIRCUIT is the
leading voice
for artist moving image
in Aotearoa New Zealand,
distributing works,
critical review and
which reflect our unique, contemporary
South Pacific context.