Running With The Beast by zZz, by Roel Wouters
Here’s a selection of some of the most interesting new videos that have passed through CR Towers of late. First up, Roel Wouters courts controversy in his latest video for zZz, for new track Running With The Beast. (Warning: some viewers may find this film upsetting.)
In a normal cock fight, the birds are equipped with sharpened barbs and spurs so that they cut each other: Wouters insists that that nothing similar was used in this case. “We are aware of the fact that some people will not like this work of art because of the way the cocks are used,” he says in a statement. “We know that using animals for entertainment is heavily under discussion. Nevertheless we chose to make this video. With this video we do not want to stimulate or promote organized cockfights in any way. We did not hire, or consult anybody involved in organizing cockfights. We did not hire, or consult anybody who is a subcontractor for organized cockfights. No animals were injured, no blood was shed. The ink that is used is Ecoline, a waterbased ink, often used in pre-schools. Two professional animal handlers were on set all day. No artificial means to engage the cocks into fighting were used. No spurs or knives were used on the birds. After the shoot the cocks were cleaned and professionally checked for any injury.None were injured in any way.”
Nevertheless, as commentators on YouTube have pointed out, it’s still a morally questionable thing to do for a music video. This making of film provides some more background:
Unofficial film for Gong by Sigur Ros, directed by Eric Lerner
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Youthless by Beck, directed by Kris Moyes
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Stay the Same by Autokratz, directed by Laurie Thinot
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That Beep by Architecture in Helsinki, directed by Krozm
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Weird Fishes by Radiohead, directed by Tobias Stretch
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Cash In My Pocket by Mark Ronson featuring Wiley, directed by Kim Gehrig
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