Artist Reflection - Sean Metelerkamp

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Artist Review: The work of Photographer Sean Metelerkamp and his music video “Death Grips - Black Google” was my main source of inspiration for this film.

[Double click on Sean Metelerkamp’s photo of Die Antwoord, to see the music video ‘Black Google’ which he filmed and directed.]

Sean Metelerkamp was born in 1984 in South Africa. His last exhibition was at the Guggenheim Museums in New York, Berlin, Venice and Bilbao where he won an award for one of the top 25 videos of 2010, ‘Zef Side by Die Antwoord’ (b). He is now focused on doing a project dealing with substance abuse in a small town called Noupoort in South Africa (b).

His work explores different perceptions of truth and perspective. He analyses his subjects and creates work that most accurately reflects his perception of them. It is evident in his work that he is being true to himself and this brings emotion and personality to his films.

I’m naturally drawn to this surreal aspect of his work and many others like Rodger Ballen, Harmony Korine, Jan Svankmajer and David Lynch. I appreciate an artist that can engage you in that tug-of-war between reality and fantasy. I get really interested when I see work and think, ‘What is this?’ or ‘Why is this happening?’. These qualities make a film more than just instantly cool, because you can watch it over again and discover something new every time.

Black Google is a project on deconstruction. It’s available in a file package of all individual instrumental and vocal stems from Death Grips’ album, Exmilitary. This theme runs well with the work of Metelerkamp who would’ve had to deconstruct his perception of a music video in order to produce a film that so accurately ties in with the band’s artistic vision.

I wanted to adopt this style in my film, not just because it engages the viewer but also because my experience in London and at the squat was very dark and mysterious. I’ve never before been to a squat so didn’t know what to expect plus the...
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