Immagine: I’m Too Sad To Tell You (Bas Jan Ader, 1971)
Traccia remixata: Barbara Ann (The Beach Boys, 1965)
Bastiaan Johan Christiaan “Bas Jan” Ader (19 April 1942 – disappeared 1975) was a Dutch conceptual and performance artist, and photographer. His work was in many instances presented as photographs and film of his performances. He made performative installations, including Please Don’t Leave Me (1969).
Ader was lost at sea in 1975, attempting to cross the Atlantic Ocean from the American coast to England sailing in a thirteen-foot sailboat. His deserted vessel was found off the coast of Ireland on 18 April 1976, offering few clues as to his fate.
Ader created a handful of photographs as well as several short black-and-white films in which he is the sole performer.
One of his most famous works, I’m too sad to tell you, consists of a 3-minute silent black-and-white movie of him crying, several photographs (long hair and short hair versions) and a post card mailed to his friends with the inscription “I’m too sad to tell you”. Other films include him sitting on a chair on a pitched roof until he falls, one where he is hanging on a branch until his grip gives out and he falls into a stream, and a film in which he rides his bike into a canal. (Wikipedia source)