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Sleep Clinic

Smoky sensations from Sleep Clinic; press photo courtesy of the artists.

Smoky sensations from Sleep Clinic; press photo courtesy of the artists.

Italy by LA visual artist Francesco Brunotti presents his video for Sleep Clinic’s “Anesthesia 3” that provides hazy altered images taken from beach-side footage. The track creates sounds & senses that relay sentiments of peace & respite from the constant hurried existence that fills our daily itineraries and schedules. Sleep Clinic’s tranquil arrangement is compliment by shore-side visuals that seek senses of calming & centering.

Director Francesco Brunotti described to us the making of the video with the following insights:

In order to create the proper visuals for this track and turn its sounds into emotional moving pictures , I went to Venice Beach for several days, with my Sony As7II, filming in slow motion all kinds of people and humanity in general, from skaters to surfers, people riding their bikes, simple bystanders, basically filming daily life and the environments surrounding it.

Even the ocean plays a huge part in the video, representing moments of peace and calm.

Then I managed to recreate the abstract sounds of the song by processing all the footage, the result is like looking out into a world that seems so alien emotionally, as though through the lenses of a robots scanning eyes and algorithmic logic—In which the daily tumble of life and interaction are viewed as holographic simulacrum.
People and places turn into ghosts and holograms, lost in a sea of intricate, almost lines and wireframes, we can catch glimpses of their past lives and what they used to be, even though we realize that they became something else.

Effectively observing preserved moments and synchronous connectivity from that dissociated vantage.. Somehow though there is still an emotive element present…whether it brings relief or not is not yet clear.
I chose the color red because I thought it’d really help to create a strong contrast between the emotional detachment and coldness that the images might suggest, and the warmth of the color, retaining that touch of humanity that seemed to be forever lost among the dots and the lines of this processed footage.

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