by Guillaume Castagné (Visuals) and Sylvain Quément (Sound)
with an introduction by Pictoplasma / Lars Denicke & Peter Thaler
Released January 2010
Book: 32 pages, 14 x 19 cm / 5.5 x 7.4 in,
DVD: Stereo, All zones, 40 minutes, PAL
The French duo Gangpol & Mit is well-known for its unparalleled symbiosis of vision and sound. Starting in 2002, Guillaume Castagné and Sylvain Quément have continuously created their own universe of deviant cartoons and Technicolor anthems. After having toured extensively throughout the world, their synaesthetic creations can now be enjoyed for the first time on DVD. The resulting 18 animated music films are packed with bastardised objects: cowboys armed with petrol guns pursue Indians with hot dog shooters; Chinese labourers produce the toys for a new generation of tech hipsters; and man and machine are embroiled in perpetual self-destruction. Melodies crush and rebuild in various styles, mixing sources dug out deep from a huge digital sandbox: coconut swings, cinematic Italian synths, ghetto can sounds and imaginary folklore.
The accompanying book presents the visual worlds as original movie posters and scene shots of the most thrilling episodes. Behind the Technicolor frenzy and DIY entertainment, an absurd and uncanny dimension unfolds: hit-and-run canine casualties, technological voodoo apocalypse and terrorist confetti exploding everywhere. Gangpol & Mit’s message is subliminal: Eat technology before technology eats you!
“Gangpol & Mit juxtapose cultural ephemera like well-travelled DJs, mashing up new and old, familiar and obscure, high and low. If 8-bit Nintendo characters could reproduce and evolve, they might have grown into something like the cast of Faits Divers.” motionographer.com
“Gangpol & MIT are the ingenious expression of the audiovisual neo-pop that descends from the Residents through the flat and boxy graphics of arcade games and the perfidy of South Park.” Rumore Magazine Italia
“Putting this DVD in your computer is like opening a bag of excited monkeys. Don’t try and make sense of it, I think it’s brilliant!” itsnicethat.com