HOOPDREAMS – “Spirit Momentum” Video Gallery + DARKSUMMER Limited Edition Release (w/ Full Album Stream)

Hand-picked video artists were invited to give their interpretations for HOOPDREAMS’ short track, “Spirit Momentum,” in this abstract motion art gallery.

Featuring two members of the indie psych pop band Nurses, HOOPDREAMS is the result of three multi-instrumentalists from the Pacific Northwest loosening their reins on traditional songwriting. Dub-influenced beats, layered vocals spanning multiple octaves of harmony, and mysterious electronic noises are explored to evoke vaguely familiar feelings of nostalgia that rest densely upon the human psyche. DARKSUMMER has recently been remastered for Baltimore record label Dymaxion Groove, which will release the album on a limited-edition, red, full moon picture disc (seen below), so that everyone on this great big floating ball of ours can get their hands on a copy, starting July 15th, 2012.

 

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To introduce listeners to this release, we’re featuring seven of the best videos for the short track “Spirit Momentum,” which were created in conjunction with REDEFINE’s interdisciplinary show MMMicrofestival. Hand-picked video artists were invited to give their interpretations for HOOPDREAMS’ short track, and they are showcased in this unique abstract motion art gallery.

See full artwork and stream the entirety of DARKSUMMER at the bottom of this post.


Arn Gyssels

Belgium digital and mixed media artist Arn Gyssels took the lo-fi route, creating a work of symmetrical beauty that morphs in and out of vaguely distinguishable human figures.

 

Daniel Cantrell

Illustrator and video editor Daniel Cantrell has quite the brilliantly deranged sense of humor, as you’ll see from this mash-up video (complete with custom sounds, alien eyes, and social commentary)!

 

 

Ryan Chapman

Hoop Dreams band member and honorary in-house visual artist Ryan Chapman spins chicken heads in his video rendition for “Spirit Momentum,” using footage from things near and dear to the band — basketball games (obviously) and chickens named Fart Mom (seriously).

 

Vivian Hua

As curator of the video series, I took a valiant stab at interpreting this track using old biology videos and very intensive, sound cue-heavy editing.

 

Evan Meaney

Well-known and well-reputed glitch artist Evan Meaney graces us with his colorful presence, providing a change of place with a uniquely abstract contribution.

 

Jesse Malmed

Chicago-by-way-of-Portland video artist Jesse Malmed loves neon and engaging his audience with social mind trickery. This is one tiny but intense look into those tendencies.

 

Scott Amos

Scott Amos of Oily Films was invited to create a video for reasons of synchronistic humor. His choice of titling his film projects under the name of Oily Films aligned with the fact that the members of HOOPDREAMS frequently used the adjective “oily” to describe anything in the upper eschelon of awesomeness. It is highly recommended that you full-screen this and step back. Though the video may seem initially like text-based noise, there is some semblance of order here that really works well with the music.


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Vee Hua 華婷婷

Vee Hua 華婷婷 (they/them) is a writer, filmmaker, and organizer with semi-nomadic tendencies. Much of their work unifies their metaphysical interests with their belief that art can positively transform the self and society. They are the Editor-in-Chief of REDEFINE, Interim Managing Editor of South Seattle Emerald, and Co-Chair of the Seattle Arts Commission. They also previously served as the Executive Director of the interdisciplinary community hub, Northwest Film Forum, where they played a key role in making the space more welcoming and accessible for diverse audiences.

In 2017, Vee released the narrative short film, Searching Skies — which touches on Syrian refugee resettlement in the United States — and co-organized The Seventh Art Stand, a national film and civil rights discussion series against Islamophobia. 2022 sees the release of their next short film, Reckless Spirits, which is a metaphysical, multi-lingual POC buddy comedy for a bleak new era, in anticipation of a feature film.

Vee is passionate about cultural space, the environment, and finding ways to covertly and overtly disrupt oppressive structures. They also regularly share observational human stories through their storytelling newsletter, RAMBLIN’ WITH VEE!, and are pursuing a Master’s in Tribal Resource and Environmental Stewardship under the Native American Studies Department at the University of Minnesota.

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[…] To help introduce the band, Redefine Magazine held a call to artists to produce video pieces for a single from Dark Summer, Spirit Momentum. Several works were selected and are now available on their website here. […]

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[…] To help introduce the band, Redefine Magazine held a call to artists to produce video pieces for a single from Dark Summer, Spirit Momentum. Several works were selected and are now available on their website here. […]

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[…] To help introduce the band, Redefine Magazine held a call to artists to produce video pieces for a single from Dark Summer, Spirit Momentum. Several works were selected and are now available on their website here. […]

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