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Ben Chatwin 'Knots' by Zak Emerson
In this incredibly visceral video from Zak Emerson, a beautifully-grotesque figure is suspended in mid-air, dripping in a latex-like, black lava - an almost alien form emerging in a dark, mysterious world.
As the body contorts and ripples so does the increasingly intense electronic sounds of artist Ben Chatwin. It’s an intense, immersive experience.
With a surreal mix of manic energy, textural layers as well as inversion and glitch techniques, Emerson has wedded the hauntingly-acoustic sounds of Ben Chatwin and a powerful portrayal of birth, life and spirit.
I’ve got no idea how Ben manages it, his tracks are really intimate, and also far reaching - like some kind of portrait of humanity itself. Or the soul. Some clever thing like that which reaches for you and grips tightly.
Is it the curious mix of natural and unnatural instrumentation? Classic and modern in the same instant. Narrative, yet it has none. Cinematic, even without pictures.
I wanted the imagery to investigate themes Ben has been exploring in his music: the natural vs man-made, rural vs urban, spiritual vs tech. The music strongly makes me see imagery of this kind - primal textures like simple evolutionary development: glistening sea weed, rock, bone, delicate structures, oil, scratched urbanity etc.
Ben also felt these were relevant and powerful images to use. I was way excited when he revealed these were the kinds of names he’d already chosen for tracks. The stars aligned.
I wanted tell the abstracted story of birth and becoming – this seemed an intriguing way to take viewers on an odd but hopefully cinematic journey into Ben’s incredibly rich musical world of the most twisted darkness and the lightest poetic humanity.
|Executive Producer||Dan Dickenson|
|1st AD||Rosie Owen|
|Director of Photography||Federico Alfonzo|
|Art Director||Emily Durtnall|
|Editing company||Marshall Street Editors|
|Post production company||MPC|
|Other credits||Focus Puller: Ian Coffey Camera Trainee: Izzi Alfonzo Art Dept. Assistant: Gemma Peden Dancer: Eloise Hymas|
The Queen of Soul. 'Nuff said.
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