BUG 51

05 May 2016 10:55 - posted by Phil Tidy

 

 

As we launched into our second half-century of shows we celebrated a significant birthday: last month saw the 30th anniversary of the release of Peter Gabriel’s Sledgehammer video. Directed by American animation director Stephen R Johnston and made at Aardman Studios with animators including Nick Park and the Brothers Quay, Sledgehammer has become the most awarded and the most played video in MTV’s history.

 

We explore Sledgehammer as part of the history of one form of animation featured in the video, and in numerous other landmark promos – Claymation.

 

We also welcomed special guest Lee Hardcastle, who is something of a Claymation - directing legend himself.

(a warning: his work is not suitable for children). 

 

Special guest: Lee Hardcastle 

 

BUG 51 programme notes.pdf 

 

BUG 51 Director's Cut programme notes.pdf 

 

 


Metube2: Carmina Burana


A rare dip into classical music. In 2013 German team MeTube – that’s Daniel Moshel and August Schram – came up with their surprising take on Carmen’s Habanero, a lo-fi home video performance that turns into a techno track in a gay rubber-fetish club.

Kyary Pamyu Pamyu - Sai & Co


The latest video by J-Pop star Kyary Pamyu Pamyu. Regarded in Japan as their Lady Gaga, Kyary shot to fame with the song PonPonPon and its remarkable video. Now she’s back with Sai & Co, which comes with a video directed by Hideyuki Tanaka at Tokyo-based VFX company Framegraphics.

Radiohead – Daydreaming


The first of two new videos from Radiohead from their new album, A Moon Shaped Pool. This is their collaborated with Paul Thomas Anderson, acclaimed feature film director of Boogie Nights, There Will Be Blood, The Master and Inherent Vice.

PJ Harvey – The Community Of Hope


As with her previous album Let England Shake, Polly Harvey has collaborated closely with photographer and filmmaker Seamus Murphy. This film was partly filmed as he accompanied Harvey on travels to Kosovo, Afghanistan and Washington DC, when she wrote the songs on the album.

Andy Shauf – The Magician


Canadian indie-folk artist Andy Shauf’s lovely song The Magician seems to come from an earlier time, and its inspired a suitably lo-fi video by Montreal-based animator Winston Hacking. He uses vintage images – direct from his grandparents’ postcard collection – to create a mobile collage around Shauf’s unchanging head-and-shoulders performance. Its terrific handmade quality comes with continual surreal invention, and it would be accurate to describe it as Gilliam-esque (after the great Monty Python animator turned director Terry Gilliam).

Yeasayer – Silly Me


US alt-rock outfit Yeasayer announced the release of their new album Amen & Goodbye at the start of 2016 with a great video for the track I Am Chemistry, in which abstracted figures attain the grace of modern dancers in a fantastically bizarre alien world. That was created by the New York-based company New Media Limited, and now the same outfit has made a prequel to that video, just as strange as the last one, adding a Grimm’s fairytale quality to proceedings.

Peter Gabriel – Sledgehammer


Leading into our special guest this evening we take a look back at Peter Gabriel Sledgehammer.

Gunship (ft John Carpenter) – Tech Noir


We welcome our guest Lee Hardcastle to the stage. Lee is part of a tradition that goes back decades, and in terms of music, it was a medium that was used to promote songs before the term music video was invented.

Michael Kiwanuka – Black Man In A White World


The latest by a director who has featured regularly at BUG over the past couple of years. Hiro Murai has sprinkled cinematic magic to a range of independent artists, including Childish Gambino and Flying Lotus. Now he has brought visual poetry and a dreamlike quality to his video for UK artist Michael Kiwanuka’s Black Man In A White World.

Metronomy – Old Skool


Back in January BUG celebrated the 10th anniversary of Anglo-French independent label Because Music with a special show that featured several excellent videos by Metronomy. Now Mount and Metronomy are back with the first track from the new album and a visual departure. It’s an evocative recreation of the Seventies suburbia, featuring a magnificently-coiffured Sharon Horgan. Directed by Dawn Shadforth.

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