Bas Jan Ader was one of the early pioneers of experimental filmmaking. He often used his on body and the prop in which he filmed. His films depicted himself testing out human limits. One such film was of himself climbing up a tree and hanging on a branch until his hands failed to hold on entirely and he dropped into a creek. Ader used gravity as his medium often letting his body be the form at which we was able to represent gravity best. He did several films of himself falling as well as filming the smashing of lightbulbs via a falling rock. His use of his body is oddly reminiscent of the likes of Jackass now a days and other viral reality TV that pushed one’s body to the limits of pain. He disappeared during his last art performance as her tried to sail by himself across the Atlantic Ocean.