Director: Sam Rolfes
England, 2017, 3 min
Crew:- Music: Lunice, Denzel Curry, JK The Reaper, Nell - Label: LuckyMe
Choked and pinned with glowing scraps of regressive netscum, a body thrashes and steps through the digital visual violence as a familiar green figure hangs splayed, pierced by a spear, entrails out, while Denzel Curry and Lunice Facetime in to watch. Distrust was recorded live within a game engine, similarly to Rolfes' previous videos for Amnesia Scanner, Danny L Harle, & his clips for Rihanna's VMA performance. Performer Aarron Ricks twists and flows through the digital environment, stretching and manipulating the violent imagery while Rolfes triggers transitions, lights, and deformations.
About the director
Sam Rolfes is a Chicago and New York based mixed-format digital artist and director. Using the human body as a mark making device and underlying structure, he crafts diffusive psychosexual worlds that sublimate space and identity within a live context. Rolfes has been active across several formats and industries through live-performance VR, video, and still image projects for artists including Amnesia Scanner, Dawn Richard, Kingdom, Danny Brown, Danny L Harle, and Caroline Polachek; fashion print and promotional design for Nicola Formichetti's Nicopanda line, a music game for Adult Swim, fashion editorials for King Kong Magazine, & live visuals for Lafawndah, Squarepusher, and part of Rihanna's VMA 2016 performance, among others.