31.08.10 by Jeff

The Wilderness Downtown

The Wilderness Downtown” is an interactive film by Chris Milk, featuring “We Used To Wait” by Arcade Fire. The film utilizes Google maps technology and, although the final product is far from perfect, it is exciting to see people attempting stuff like this.

The Wilderness Downtown by Arcade Fire

The Wilderness Downtown by Arcade Fire

The film asks you to plug in the address of the house where you grew up and, well, I’ll just let you experience it for yourself!

Watch the film here.





  • http://www.deptm2.com mike

    I watched this the other day and although I really like the idea and that Chris Milk is trying something new and innovative, I just couldn’t get past all the pop up windows. Doesn’t he realize that we’ve been conditioned to not like pop up windows when viewing things on the internet.

  • xallxsewnxupx

    this is incredible. it gave me chills.

  • http://www.artonomous.com craig

    Phenomenal. If all pop up windows were so beautiful and meaningful I think we’d all have a different response to them. This was amazing.

  • http://www.faucethead.com/blog/ elissa @ faucethead

    I saw this the other day and was blown away. It’s so exciting to see things like this being done.

  • lapetitefaon

    Well, I think its absolutely perfect!!! I LOVE THIS!!! Especially the ending when the trees take over, its always been my dream that my part of Brooklyn would some day have a few more trees…just perfect!!!

  • Shinead

    I think it depends! it worked perfectly for me but not so well for a few others i passed it along to! Still…UNREAL. This has got to be the best album release campaign ever.

  • Kayoko

    I really enjoyed it. I thought it was amazing and in a way, it was exactly what I needed.

  • Matt

    Its cool but reminded me how i loved the old house so much 3;

  • Jan

    I really enjoyed although it was a little depressing. My mother passed away in April of this year and my Dad passed away in 2008. I have had a difficult time letting go of this house because it is where I grew up and the memories are overwhelming. I finally had to let it go a few weeks ago. I loved the movie anyway – I don’t know why–just because! It absolutely brought me to tears, but in a good way. Thank You!