Bowie, Blood and duskiness: We venture a cautious step into The surreal creations of Floria Sigismondi.
Today we're taking our hats off and give a respectful curtsy to an exceptional artist and multiple
BFFF-Winner - La Grande Dame of misty short films and music videos: Floria Sigismondi.
For a smooth entry we recommend "The Next Day": You´re about to witness the two major movie stars dancing in a surreal scenery filled with christian catholic functionaries and insignias. What already starts as an obscure situation, culminates in bloodstreams flowing out of
Marion Cotillard´s delicate hands, after a sudden stigmatisation takes place... Spoiler alert? Come on - it's a classic, don't be mad at us...
David Bowie says "Thank you Gary, thank you Marion", we say "Thank you Floria!"
This wasn't the first and not the last time that David Bowie trusted Floria Sigismondi´s power to imagine and transform the `inner-life´ of a song into a visual-concept.
The results are terrific - perfect symbiosis of sound and imagery, which oscillate into our consciousness, where Id, ego and super-ego are struggling with each other from day one.
Floria Sigismondi has applied her unique artistic vision to surreal nightmarish music videos, commercials, drawings, photographies, installations: It´s a constant tightrope walk between different styles and mediums, which she is handling since decades. Her work is distinguished by its dark humour and an uncanny feeling for figures and surroundings you rarely enter or get invited to in your private life.
But it´s not always dreary, not always obscure, funereally, dingy, morbid, bleak, dark or gloomy.
For sure she has a fetish for shady, gritty and sinister moods, otherwise she wouldn't have shot clips for musicians like Sigur Rós, Marilyn Manson, Björk, The White Stripes or Justin Timberlake...
She creates unforgettable worlds, suggestive of long-repressed childhood dreams. Something eerie unfolds in front of our eyes, what puts her directly next to artists like David Lynch or The Brothers Quay, as if the universe of Luis Buñuel has found it´s continuation, exclusively for the music video genre.
Her art confronts her audiences with their own discontents. What we like in this context, is her simultaneous questioning of humour and its relation to the unconscious, how she makes her dreamlike visions relatable to us, how she instrumentalizes film and its specific language to make things speak, that usually prefer to perform an existence beyond words.
From time to time, we love to sink into subcultures, the deep levels of our dark imaginations, phantasies and dystopias, where inner dialogs are played at high volume! Knowing though, that our cozy seats are keeping us in a safe place...
We are celebrating her idiosyncratic works and are glad to have a creative with such a gravitational pull on our winners list!
And because it's still Bowie-Year! Here another fantastic collaboration, with some support from our all time favourite Tilda Swinton. "Stars are never sleeping, dead ones and the living..."
Please watch out, new neighbours are in town!
Have a chilled and zippy weekend!
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