As for the process, all parties – i.e. James, Luke and Annie – hung around Rottingdean Bazaar’s flat in Rottingdean (which is where they get the name). Shot on an iPhone in and around the flat, it took seven days to complete. “It was just the three of us shooting it, and we used our own bodies for the parts with real body parts and to make them move,” adds James. He was, in fact, the hand and leg model, as well as the “main dancer and mover” – “he has better musical timing out of the three of us,” adds Luke. They kept the team small so that they could work efficiently and with agility, especially since they were working with lots of materials. Additionally, they photographed the band individually in the studio beforehand to create digitally printed versions, plus other objects, before filming the movement. “We weren’t quite sure what would happen or how long it would take,” says Luke. “It was trial and error.”
By working in this manner, the video has been sprinkled with a charming DIY-aesthetic; a raw and rough-and-ready feel that perhaps wouldn’t have been achieved if it had gone through lengthy stages of planning. Somewhat reminiscent of a group of childhood friends coming together to play – but obviously much more skilled, refined and better in every way – it’s a complete joy to watch and absorb. From fake guns shooting out wobbly faces, wiggling arms and people being sucked up by hoovers, it’s a complete mash-up of objects and moments that couldn’t have been more Rottingdean Bazaar. Then, as the video comes to a close, the prints all start to collapse, before the ending on a beached fish slowly moving (gasping for air?) on the pebbled shore.
“Our work very often comes from focusing on a specific technical process or set of objects, and the physicality of them,” explains Luke. “In that sense, we are also left to reflect on it afterwards in terms of what it could mean or evoke, because that isn’t necessarily really clear to us in the midst of making. Or at least, often not until nearer the end when we step away a bit.” So if you’re looking for deeper meaning or logical reasoning behind this video for Audiobooks, then you might be in the wrong place. This is more a show of material exploration than it is a commentary on the world, so buckle up and rewind the video, yet again, and enjoy!
Directed by Rottingdean Bazaar and Annie Collinge. Styling was by Rottingdean Bazaar with still Photography by Annie Collinge. The team worked with editor Joe Walton, edit producer Amanda Jenkins at Whitehouse Post, colourist Andi Chu, post producers Tamara Mennell and Bruce Langfield at Black Kite, executive producers Laura Northover and Paul Weston, and producer Rosie Brear. Clothing was from Steven Philip Studio, Bottega Veneta, and Gladrags Community Costume Resource. With thanks to The Brighton Studio.