By Hayden Wright
The Chemical Brothers‘ new collaboration with Beck titled “Wide Open” now has the offbeat, innovative video it deserves. Directed by Dom&nic, the clip uses experimental CG technology to up the ante on modern dance.
In the video, dancer Sonoya Mizuno performs a solo interpretation of the song—but her body incrementally disappears into a virtual mesh form. Inside her webbed exterior is a beating heart, elegantly representing the song’s lyrical vulnerability.
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“Dom&nic’s vision was to merge the mechanical and organic, having been inspired by procedural cellular structures; their VFX Team created a full CG model of [Mizuno] comprising of 107 individual anatomic rigs, as well as bespoke tools to allow the seamless transformation which happens during the dance,” explains the video’s release.