Yoshihide Sodeoka – Video Metal


C505, Content004, USA, 2009, English
This DVD is a real visual and sound trip. Master of visualization concepts, Yoshihide Sodeoka, is here enjoying the freedom of experimenting with both visual forms and ideas. The three pieces launch the user into an obscure and hypnotising video universe. The heavy metal atmosphere is made precarious in a trembling, adorable and very acid cyberdelia. It’s an uncertain, weak transmission from a mind on an acid trip, trying to reproduce all its disquieting visual characteristics. In “Psychedelic Death Vomit” there are derailing color nightmares that seem to come from the inner space of the soul. If the colors are kidnapping the visual attention, a few disturbing figures, even more obscurely changing in the low resolution, are moving in the very middle of the screen. So in a bloodbath of over-saturated colors and animations of systematic deflagrations, the unconscious is culled by the chromatic overflow and frightened by these partially blurred faces, never clearly visible, but with a central role in the video. On top of the visual experience there’s a perfect soundtrack, that reinforces the uncertainty with a listenable sui generis heavy “metal” with an equal dose of menacing aura pervading the sensitivity of the watcher. The entrancing combination benefits from an analogue composition that destabilizes any video rule the watcher has in mind. It’s an extremely intense, although short and weird, visual and sound experience. It’s one of the few audio-visual works produced in the last decade well worth experiencing more than once.