Flamingods: Majesty at The White Hotel
12th November 2016 | The White Hotel
Presented by Grey Lantern, Flamingods scored an extract from Dragonflies with Birds and Snake by Wolfgang Lehmann - a special Video Jam commission.
Since 2007, Wolfgang Lehmann’s work has dealt largely with with static images, digital and analogue photography. He makes transformations and transfers of documentary images into abstract works. To accomplish the translation from one reality to another, he mixes media using a crafted 16mm camera, 16mm film projectors, digital or analog cameras and computers.
About the film:
“A ‘nature film’ beyond even the wildest imaginings of David Attenborough: one silent hour of rhythmic, pulsating, fast-cut images of dragonflies, birds, a snake – and also some toads. German-born, Swedish-based director Wolfgang Lehmann is evidently a keen scholar of the other three Rs: repetition, repetition, repetition. His most ambitious enterprise in a career that stretches back to the 1980s, Dragonflies is experimental film as beautiful mosaic, in which the rapidfire nature of the visual data means that everyone will ‘see’ something different depending on how the light and colours hit their retina. Four years in the making and originally shot on gloriously imperfect 16mm before being transferred to video for editing, this hypnotically joyous evocation of natural lifecycles transcends ornithology and entomology to immortalise the most hidden and ephemeral of phenomena.” - 19th Braford International Film Festival catalogue, April 2013
Flamingods are a five piece multi-instrumental band founded in 2009 by Kamal Rasool in Bahrain. Now based in the UK, the band puts focus on exploration and experimentation, often taking influence from different cultures around the world by use of an extensive collection of instruments from as far as Nepal, Thailand, Indonesia, Turkey, Japan and Tanzania. Described as ethnic pop with elements of noise, psychedelia, tribal and freak folk, the band have long been described as a 'carnival of sound' that has no boundaries. A truly unique sound that has landed them praise from the likes of The Guardian and Vice to Dazed & Confused, NME and The Fader. Having toured Europe and the UK extensively, the band have made a name for themselves in the live music circuit by use of a distinctively vibrant and epic live set that aims to take the bands recorded output to a much grander and explosive scale. A reputation that’s landed them slots at Glastonbury, Latitude Festival, Green Man and Milhoes De Festa in Portugal.