Big Wild & Foreign Family Collective Share ‘Ascension’ Short Film
With every release, electronic artist Big Wild continues to creep up the ladder as one of my favorite artists.
I’ve been lucky enough to see his truly electrifying live sets, with audiences ranging from 50 to 5,000+ people. Between his feral drumming and commanding beats, every Big Wild performance is one for the books.
This week, Big Wild and Foreign Family Collective have released an unnerving and thought-provoking audio-visual art collaboration titled, “Ascension.”
“Ascension” is dystopian journey into a world defined by both the beauty and dangers of technology. The inevitable entrance of machines in their new dominant role take hold, while nature is abruptly pulled up by its roots. The nearly 3-minute-long video features a haunting glimpse into Big Wild’s hidden discography, which perfectly encapsulates the video’s forewarning sentiment.
Production team The Yakuzi utilized CGI to visualize the delicate balance of nature and technology in our modern world.
The team described the project below:
From an early creative stage, the mood and pace of this track drove us down to a not so distant rabbit hole, where we exercised the idea of what humanity can’t do without. The main goal was to disclose something more profound. Exploring thoughts on mankind’s evolution, we aimed in creating a metaphor between what we have and take for granted in nature, and our structure of a nearly dystopian society. We are living in a detached reality that clashes with what allowed us to strive as a species. This promotes a strange sense of liberty that can lead us to a sort of race against nature. Our question was, will we win it, or will nature prevail?”
“Ascension” offers both a stunning score and mesmerizing video in such a short amount of time. The combination leads to a collaboration that we can only hope to see more of in the future.
Big Wild’s thoughts on the projects:
“This art piece tells the story of an advanced society that’s become so mechanized and ruled by technology that it’s neglected the natural environment, which it in turn has to now rebuild. The painful irony of this situation brings to question our infatuation with technology and an increasing detachment from the natural world.
We wanted to create our own world and convey a simple but powerful message. I really wanted to experiment musically and collaborate with visual artists to create something unique. I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out!”