Music video for Canadian stalwart Doug Hoyer’s track ‘Hive Mind’ off of 2019′s album Character Witness.
A techno-bug pushes through the Cloud to emerge from a futuristic Hive Mind. Alone and exposed to the natural world for the first time it struggles to retain its sanity and mindless sense of purpose. Finally swayed by the beauty of nature, the machine barely has time to explore this new world before its program is repaired and it’s sucked back into the Machine, where at last it realises what it means to be trapped in a system.
Director’s statement: The choreography takes its cue from the Japanese dance style of Butoh, a post-war exploration of death and decay through precise, slow movement, employing cadaver-like body paint and pained facial expressions to convey human suffering and mortality.
Transposing this style to a science-fiction setting, our performer looks not to the past but to the future, a future where Artificial Intelligence screams silently at its digital prison. The struggle for identity and self will become a personal war as society becomes more digitised, until all of us scuttling ants are reduced to numbered barcodes.
Direction - David Mahler Produced by Carmen Hau and David Mahler Production - Studio Rin & Intothehole Productions
Cinematography - Tong Woon Lam
Performer - Cool Gaia
Costume design - Leung Sum Yee
Label - Mangled Tapes