What I Believe


What I Believe is the recording of a live vj-set for the song Zoe by the American musician Mesu Kasumai.
This video is made with images coming from three different sources: films, videogames and geometric shapes. These last ones are made by the author by computer animation.

In the beginning of the video, some frames taken from the movie Satan Bug (director John Sturges, 1965) are shown. These frames show a group of people inside a living room while they are watching a black and white film. The film that is projected inside the living room shows some aerial shootings showing human beings lying on the ground as if they were dead.
These frames are followed by some animations taken from the videogame Another World (by Éric Chahi, 1991).

Another World’s main character goes through an underground laboratory which he utilizes a lift to get to.
Some frontal framings of the closing lift doors first, and of the lift that is moving after, sharply bi-dimensional and deprived of accessorial elements, are the bridge to the geometrical animations created by VjVISUALOOP.
The light that filters through the lift doors from the inside is represented by a split bright rectangle that runs vertically with respect to the movement of the lift. An animation of the author, which recalls the streaming of the white stripes painted on the asphalt in the previous aerial shootings, continues the vertical shifting of the rectangle.

The author gets on alternating the three sources of images. The longest time is given to the geometrical animations on Mesu Kasumai’s electrochip. The animations represent moving landscapes. They aren’t shot any longer from an airplane like in the beginning of the video, which futurists would love.

These places, which have been explored inch by inch and pixel by pixel during the games, are exploited now not as a background for game actions but as moving landscapes.
Landscapes full of self-propelled platforms, belt conveyors, presses, hills, cliffs and precipices that takes an aesthetic meaning once they have been graphically elaborated. A dance of geometric shapes that move down or sideways, like the light filtering from a shifting lift or the white stripes dashing on a motorway.

Related links:

Satan Bug film description;
Another World, by Éric Chahi (Delphine Software International, 1991).
Mesu Kasumai è is an American musician. His 80s inspired songs combines chiptunes and electro sounds.
The pseudo Mesu Kasumai hides Mike Hanlon, better known as Tangible, one of the co-founders of the project and record label 8bitpeoples.

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