The event featured a full art installations meant to be extensions of the whole audio and visual experience of the music video they shot in Zambales. The art installations highlighted the music video by providing projectors through webbing, creating a surreal 3D visual effect, complete with fog machines, setting up the ambience and feel for the Art venue. The visual graphic centerpiece was inspired by the music video as well as lightning and smoke from the Taal Volcano ash and lightning explosion.
A photo exhibit showcased Mark’s photographic style contrasting black and white shots with Bawal Clan’s playfully irreverent attitude, with the pictures draping downwards to the floor.
In the center mezzanine, surrounded by glass, you could look up and see live DJs Yung Bawal and Funkatalyst accompanied by videomixing by Ric, one of the owners of Modeka.
Bawal Clan had a great year in 2019 and we have continued exactly where we left off. We continue to break the stereotype of what rap is supposed to be, especially in the Philippines. We’re not just about turning up and acting stupid. We’re not gangsters or pimps, we are artists and businessmen who are serious about our craft. We are trying things that have yet to be explored in the hip-hop industry, and constantly search for ways to expand on our artistry through all mediums.
For Mark Nicdao and Bawal Clan – looking into our separate journeys, you’ll discover an uncommon path, but at some point we found ourselves intersected. Mark has been to a couple of our events, met with us, and it grew from there. What started as an introduction developed into a friendship and mutual respect for one another’s craft. Mark and Bawal Clan turned a creative discussion into an extensive collaboration of music and art, creating a new mix of media. Not only was there a music video, there was an entire immersive experience and an art installation physically placing you in Mark’s and Bawal Clan’s vision.
The visuals in the video delves into compositions of vivid and lucid experiences paired with symbols and signs with abstractional meanings. There are themes of life and death as well as golden skulls and laser beams, but this is art and is meant to leave the interpretation to the beholder.
The cinematography is accounted for with a drastic contrast. Mark’s reasoning for it was because he believed the audience needed a breather. The visual representation of each video was to highlight the differences of the artists and to find the balance of meshing the two.
Photos by Justin Villanueva
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