Norwegian band Lemaitre‘s “Time to Realize” disorients the viewer at first listen, quietly showing guards in a military prison as they head to an interrogation room where a man sits with his hands tied behind a chair, a black sack over his head and blood on his shirt. The effect is that of watching an excerpt from a war movie. Rest assured, if you like pleasant surprises, you’ll like what happens next.
When the peppy electronic pop beat comes in full, the effect is unsettling as we anticipate rather rough questioning of the prisoner. Instead, the interrogator, armed with a cane, starts dancing to the indieelectronic sounds of Lemaitre. We watch this as if we are both in the room with the prisoner and the questioner, and from the perspective of the guard behind the two-way mirror. Though the dance-prop cane and the dancing interrogation guard never touch the prisoner, dance-induced torture ensues. Lemaitre’s lyrics further accentuate the cleverness of the “Time to Realize” music video.
Director: Johannes Greve Muskat
DoP: Lasse Nyhaugen
Edit: JGM and Lasse Nyhaugen
Choreography by Danby Choi Detainee
Vu TranGuards: Øystein Tronstad and Martin Steen ReymertGet
Chemicals mix and Adrenaline rushes in “Infinity Divided”, a thrilling hostage tale set to a calculated beat by Brooklyn based Electronic artist Kodomo. Kicking off with a jarring opening that puts the viewer in the same shoes as the kidnapped, the video follows a desperate woman’s attempts to evade her attackers and reach freedom. Intercut are curious shots of various scientific liquids that add an artsy feel to the video. In the end their importance to the story is fittingly revealed.
Kodomo’s mix perfectly matches the various highs and lows of the narrative, which is especially impressive considering the out-of-sequence nature of the video. While scenes rapidly shift time and location, the audience is taken into the desperate, scattered mind of the fleeing woman. The music and images become so frantic that by end of the video the viewer is grateful for the reprieve of calming silence, but excited to ride the emotional roller coaster once again!
Director: Benjamin Parslow