Cyriak's Video For Bonobo's "Cirrus" Is A Cascading Visual Mantra

<p>Looping imagery builds into a surreal climax and then back again.</p>

Jan 28 2013, 12:31pm

For someone with the animating talents of Cyriak, it was only natural he would move into music videos. His previous video for Flying Lotus featured robots eating robots until they become one big, lumbering robot worm.

And his latest visual mindwash is for Bonobo‘s track “Cirrus”, featuring 1960s public information film footage that loops along with Bonobo’s sounds, building into a surreal crescendo of cascading imagery.

The film’s partly inspired by Zbigniew Rybczynski’s Tango (at least, this is what Cyriak points out in a YouTube comment). Rybczynski won the Oscar for Best Animated Short for his film in 1982 which shows 36 people interacting in a room, looped over and over. Made in the pre-digital era it took Rybczynski seven months to make using 16,000 cell-mattes. You can watch it below.

In Cyriak’s homage he adds his own tropes and stylistic touches to some looped footage—like surreal structures, Escherian repetitive visuals, and spiraling machinations built from elements of the video.