Jamie xx: Sleep Sound
Deaf Dancers Move to the Silence with Artist Sofia Mattioli

“I was on a train listening to music, getting deep into it, and this girl started staring at me,” says London-based artist and poet Sofia Mattioli of the genesis of her video for Jamie xx’s “Sleep Sound.” “After a while I took my headphones off and she came up to me, started signing and then wrote me a note to say that she was deaf but could almost feel the music by my movement.” With the germ of an idea from this chance encounter, Mattioli was asked to create a video for the member of The xx and Grammy-winning producer of Alicia Keys, Gil Scott-Heron and Drake. During the course of one day, she danced with 13 members of the Manchester Deaf Centre with ages ranging from five to 27 years old, who responded to the movement of the artist and the vibrations in the air given off by the song. “The relationship between silence and music is a big part of what I am trying to express with my work,” says Mattioli. “The first kid in the video, Archie, was bliss—all of them were amazing. I hope this is a project I can develop further.”

"Girl / Sleep Sound" is out May 5 on Young Turks.

Conceived and produced by the award-winning creative agency Flickering Wall, ‘Denham Psycho’ is a short film tribute to the controversial cult-classic originally premiered at Sundance in 2000.

According to longtime fan of Easton Ellis’ American Psycho, director Hugo Keijzer explains; “-when I first heard Jason Denham talk about jeans it reminded me of the film’s legendary business-card scene. I recognized the same manic attention to detail and ravenous appetite for craftsmanship. This triggered the idea for a modern-day remake of the scene”. 

The team at Denham has a reputation for producing all their creative projects in-house but, as Jason Denham explains; “For us Flickering Wall’s proposal perfectly reflected the compulsive ‘otaku’ culture that tends to characterize the inner core of the denim scene. We were confident it would make a brilliant parody of fashion in general and the recent ‘heritage’ trend in particular. -Plus, it reminds us to keep having fun and not to take ourselves too seriously,” 

Denham Psycho will be launched during the kick-off event of the ‘Blue Yard’ Denham Pop-Up Store & Cinema on Tuesday 14th of January in Berlin. 

CREDITS:
Directed by Hugo Keijzer
Produced by Remco den Hartog
Cinematography by Robbie van Brussel
Edited by Nils Rensen
WrItten by Ben Clark
Graphics by Ali Kirby
Costume by Denham