So, today, John and I had a brief discussion about choreographed dance. This is related to my video project in a way, although my models will not be dancing in the literal sense.

I told John how I have always been interested in dance — particularly synchronized dance. This is probably why I enjoy using my own body in my work. There is nothing as pleasing to me as the physical experience of being alive, and of feeling your own muscles at work, your blood flow. When I watch synchronized dancing, I feel this primitive sensation well-up from within me. Which makes sense, as nothing is more primitive than using one’s body.

I sort of just wanted to update that I’ve been thinking along these lines, and also, share with you a few videos that are sources of inspiration for me.

Though my video project will look nothing like these videos, they speak volumes to me about the capabilities of the human body, the aforementioned primal behaviors and the importance of rhythm. I think that rhythm, along with the physical use of one’s body, is something ingrained in every living creature. After all, our own bodies contain a rhythm of their own (heartbeats, breathing, etc.) To me, rhythm is just another one of those magical, ever-present things that exist throughout the universe — the closest thing to a religious experience I’ll probably ever have.

Anyway, wow, this is turning into quite the rambling post. Here are those videos.

This first one is a music video directed by one of my all-time favorite directors, Michel Gondry, for one of my all-time favorite “bands,” Daft Punk. Pay close attention to the movement of the mummied figures, and also the skeleton figures. So beautiful.

This second video is pretty well known. It’s the music video for Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance,” directed by Francis Lawrence. Not a huge fan of the song, but those dance-like scenes of the white-clad creatures in the bath haus writhing and convulsing give me chills.

Well, I hope this post wasn’t too self indulgent. I am in the process of doing a lot of planning for the video shoot this weekend. I will post again after that happens.

11/15/2010 | Lindsey | Comments

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