The new video for Dear Reader's "Down Under, Mining", created by Berlin-based artist Barbara Steinitz, is an impressive and beautiful feat of visual storytelling. Composed entirely of paper cut-outs, painstakingly handcrafted and puppeteered live by Steinitz, it brings to life the the old-world scenes evoked in the song with a moving simplicity.
More info after the jump, but first, have a look for yourself:
"After seeing Barbara perform one of her paper theatre pieces for some children at a school in Neukölln, I was inspired to use the same kind of technique to make a music video. Since each song on my new record is an exercise in storytelling, it seemed perfect to use the same approach on the visual side as well. She showed me some other work that she had done using shadows and silhouettes, and it seemed like a perfect medium to depict the world of miners, working in the darkness deep below the earth's surface. I was also drawn by the idea of something made completely by hand; an old-fashioned technique seemed a perfect match for music about older days." - Cherilyn MacNeil
"The haunting sound of 'Down Under, Mining' immediately provoked images in my mind's eye that I felt could best be realised using clear, graphic shadow theatre. I had already been working with this technique for years, mainly for book illustrations.
Director, silhouettes, lighting and puppetry: Barbara Steinitz
Camera and editing: Philine Sollmann
Watch Dear Reader's truly adorable new tour and album trailer, featuring new song "Victory" from upcoming album 'Rivonia', out 8 April 2013! For a limited time only, we're offering a special supercheap ticket+album bundle offer - see below for details!
Cherilyn MacNeil on the video: "We shot the video for 'Victory' on a cloudy Sunday at Constitution Hill, a famous landmark in Johannesburg and a place that played a significant role in South African history. Today the old fort and prisons have been converted into a museum, and are open to the public, but in the past many important figures were incarcerated there, including Nelson and Winnie Mandela, and Mahatma Gandhi. 15 local children between the ages of 7 and 11 played in the film, and undoubtedly slept very well after a long day of playing at battle."
The RIVONIA Tour - Part I
08.05.13 Hannover, Musikzentrum