“Nothing is certain, life can change dramatically, for better or for worse, in an instant. We may fear losing what we have, but we try to hold on.”
All our modern hypnotic path packed into a kaleidoscopic music video which immediately recalls a certain Koyaanisqatsi — “life out of balance” —, the 1982 American experimental film produced and directed by Godfrey Reggio, with music composed by Philip Glass, which revealed how humanity has grown apart from nature. But if in there, our gridded streets become computer chips, in Someday by Irish artist Páraic McGloughlin, it’s clear we can’t contain our complexity in the grid.
According to Michael Tuck from Medium, “in images on top of images, Someday tries to give us the whole pattern at once. Even when we try to control the organic pattern in the gridded rationality of glass and steel, Someday takes to the sky, and our grids succumb at the ‘edge of chaos’ to the fractal, organic efficiency of self-organized criticality.”
The music by the Dutch duo Weval crashes through the aesthetics and ornamentation of ages gone by, before returning to the patterns of nature. When Harm Coolen and Merijn Scholte approached Páraic and his replacement animation, with the idea of developing a music video for their song, they aimed at creating an abstract journey with a sense of ambiguity holding underlying core concepts: “Where are we going,are we going in the right direction?”
The answer is in the entire world Páraic used as his fodder, from plants and forests to streetscapes, tiles, tourists sites, stock photography and more. He has played with some of these ideas before — his Arena uses satellite imagery to create a dramatic portrait of human landscapes, while Chase does something similar from a more grounded perspective. As impressive as both of those are, neither is anywhere near as ambitious as Someday.