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15,000 individual photos, 550 marbles, and one old television later, "Firecracker," video artist Christophe Thockler’s second production for Swedish rock duet Victoria+Jean, is a visually manipulated whirlwind of glassy globes and stop-motion madness. As with "Why Won’t You," his first video for the band, "Firecracker" is an abstract audiovisual treat; a fast-paced testament to Thockler’s photographic skills and eye for animation.
Thockler describes his newest video as “an explosion of lights and a kinetic whirlpool of reflexions.” Like an IRL edition of Snake or a possessed game of pool, marbles zip across the plain black backdrop, seemingly of their own accord. As Victoria’s amplified crooning heightens into pulsing lyrics, the marbles multiply, eclipsing a crackling TV monitor and filling the frame with crystalline globes of light. This marble madness continues at a breakneck pace straight through the final ring of Jean’s guitar.
Check out "Firecracker" and some moments from the video below:
Images Courtesy of Christophe Thockler