Look, I don’t really know what’s going on in the Czech Republic right now for this kind of art to come into existence – but whatever it is, it’s loose. Looooooose.
Music duo, DVA coin themselves as “folklore” from “non existence nations”, which makes sense if you have a basic understanding of Czech history. In a nutshell; the country borders a bunch of countries, has changed empires a billion times, jumped ship on a number of political systems, been unnamed, warred, changed names, gets pulled between the east and west… and has managed to come out of the entire mess being ranked as one of the most peaceful and highly developed counties in Europe. So yeah – there’s a lot going on there. Lately I’ve found myself at the point, if it comes from eastern Europe, it immediately has my attention. They seem to exist on this whole other level of whoa.
Jaromir Plachy, the animator of DVA’s latest video “Mulatu” (from upcoming release, on Brooklyn label Northern Spy), is a tripper to say the least. I don’t even have words. He impresses with an extensive body of work and a definite name for himself in comic and animation circles in Czech. Legitimately on the level. But this video is messed up. Polished, yes – but disturbing.
When I first watched, it was early on a Monday morning. Coffee in one hand, other hand holding up thick, heavy, barely live head, I punched at the keyboard to get through the day’s submissions. I’d had a blazing massive weekend which allowed me next to zero sleep. When I finally did sleep, badly – and woke – I felt like a tonne of bricks was crashing down on the post weekend suicide of my soul. Hurting like a mutha. Extreme hangover plus.
Watch this video and imagine the pure melt it did to my brain in that state. If life wasn’t feeling disjointed and confused enough, this little piece of wt holy f almost pushed me over the edge. It does however, bring me to the question; how does collaboration between band and film maker get this perfect. You won’t be able to watch it just once.