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Thursday, 22 March 2012

Danae Diaz and Patricia Luna "Caffeine" (Brandt Brauer Frick 2011)

I have two cups of coffee each morning and for the rest of the day drink tea. Too much coffee leaves me feeling anxious. But never so anxious as in Caffeine. Produced for the ‘organic techno’ Berlin trio Brandt Brauer Frick, the music video was made by Danae Diaz and Patricia Luna. Something similar to the screenshot was used for the album cover.  Now speaking candidly, amongst friends, I have to confess that were I to listen to this particular track for any length of time I'd end up leaping off a tall building. But purely for the purposes of the animation it works very well. For the driving beat of the music is as relentless as the momentum propelling the endless line of commuters making their way to work, which itself is anonymous drudgery. One brave soul rebels and breaks away. The geometric arrangements of the identical figures and spare design are striking. There's also a twitch in the tail that I did not predict. Patricia is an interesting character: "I was born in Russia in 1977, raised in Colombia and currently, I'm living in Barcelona." In the international, mobile world of animation, Danae also seems well suited: born in 1981 in Barcelona, educated there and at Manchester Metropolitan University and Kunsthochschule Berlin Weissenssee. She lives and works in Berlin.

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