Stop.Watch is a special screening of rock, pop and electronic music videos by top directors for the likes of Hot Chip, Death Cab for Cutie, Tiga and Kid 606. The compilation focuses on directors who use time itself as the creative or conceptual impetus for their videos. Limited by the length of a song, the artistic possibilities afforded to short music video directors has always been a challenge. However, recently it appears that it is often just that temporal context that prompts directors to concentrate on the parameter of time as a creative departure point, rather than as a restriction. Whether they are slowing down or speeding up time, layering or collapsing its boundaries or simply rendering time topsy turvy, these directors create videos that not only trigger us to think about time as an artistic device, but to physically see its creative manipulation in motion.
THE VIDEO LINEUP
Smiley Faces Music: Gnarles Barkley Director: Robert Hales Courtesy: HIS Productions and Downtown/Atlantic Records Velvet Cell Music: Gravenhurst Director: Thomas Hicks Courtesy: Warp Records You Gonna Want Me Music: Tiga Director: Olivier Gondry Courtesy: PIAS Recordings and Last Gang Records Inc. Beneath the Rose Music: Micah P. Hinson Director: Karni & Saul Courtesy: Flynn Productions Sugar Water Music: Cibo Matto Director: Michel Gondry Courtesy: Partizan Entertainment Sometimes Music: Kid606 Director: Pleix Courtesy: Pleix Films and Mille Plateaux Records Motus Music: Seb Martel Director: Arno Salters Courtesy: Spy Entertainment, Nose PH and Seb Martel/Corida Summer Skin Music: Death Cab for Cutie Director: Lightborne Inc. Courtesy: Lightborne Inc. PDA Music: Interpol Director: Christopher Mills Courtesy: Spy Entertainment/Matador Records Timber Music: Coldcut Director: Hexstatic Courtesy: Ninja Tune Over and Over Music: Hot Chip Director: Nima Nourizadeh Courtesy: Capitol/EMI Music and Partizan Entertainment The Girl and the Sea Music: The Presets Director: Lee Lennox Courtesy: Modular Recordings and Draw Pictures