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U2's Films of Innocence features Egypt's Ganzeer

The project, launched online for only 24 hours, is based on the thirteenth studio album by the Irish rock band.

Ahram Online , Tuesday 9 Dec 2014
Still image from Ganzeer's visual interpretation of the U2 song Volcano.
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Ganzeer, one of Egypt’s prominent visual artists, is one of 11 artists who were selected by the Irish band U2 to interpret their latest album, Songs of Innocence, and produce graffiti-inspired films for each song.

Films of Innocence is a visionary collection of 11 films by the world’s most vital urban visual artists, announced U2 on their website.

The films made their world premiere on 9 December for only 24 hours. They will later be available for download on iTunes and Amazon.

Ganzeer's film was released on Pitchfork, a Chicago-based online publication dedicated to music. Titled Volcano, the film adopts a stop-motion technique featuring hundreds on posters in quick sequence.

"Before the advent of the music video, our only visual representation for a song, band, or album was pretty much whatever existed in print, primarily gig posters and record sleeves. I figured it might be interesting to bring that back into the music video world, by creating a stop-motion film using nothing but poster," he was quoted as saying on Pitchfork. 

Ganzeer rose to fame following the January 25 uprising for his biting visual criticism of the Supreme Council of Armed Forces (SCAF), the body who led the transitional period after the downfall of Mubarak in February 2011. He currently resides in New York City.  

For this project, U2 used political murals in Ireland as a launch point. Alongside Egypt’s Ganzeer, the novel collaboration includes: Robin Rhode, D*Face, Mode 2, Chloe Early, Vhils, Maser, ROA, DALeast, Todd James and Oliver Jeffers.

“Films of Innocence takes these artists and their works from the streets to the screen, as they scale the globe, play with time, and weave between heightened reality and animated dreamscapes. The result is an essential visual counterpoint to the album,” according to U2’s website.




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