EMPTY STATES

the video was shot in Holdstone Down and according to the Aertherius Society it’s the place where Jesus – and by Jesus they mean the Earth’s incarnation of an extraterrestrial “Cosmic Master” - appeared to their founder, on the 23rd July 1958.

There are 19 Aertherian holy mountains, scattered across the world but Holdstone Down is the most important. Every year on the 23rd July, hundreds of people climb Holdstone Down bringing new stones to the pile. They believe that by doing so they charge a special battery with spiritual energy to be released when the world will most need it.

Aertherians believe that through their spiritual action they can bring a state of balance back to humanity. It may sound like an old wife’s tale but their intentions are good.

From my own experience I did feel some special energy there, some kind of vibration – and that’s what I tried to recreate in my video to the music by Julia Kent.

Julia’s music, with its haunting basslines and looped harmonies, is eerie and emotional. For me it speaks of temporality and transience of us, as humans, and of our habitat, the Earth. It feels quite apocalyptic in a way, but there is also hope in it. Just as Aertherians believe that they can restore balance on Earth with their spiritual energy, so in my video to Julia’s track, the darkness and apocalyptic gloom is dispelled by the power of natural harmonies and the Earth organic rhythms. The ebb and flow of the waves, the wind, the moving trees, creates a new order of things, driven by the gritty complexity of Julia’s track. It seems quite destructive, but at the end it brings harmony and peace.

  • Jola Kudela
    Director
  • Julia Kent
    Music Composer
  • Project Type:
    Music Video
  • Runtime:
    3 minutes 50 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    November 14, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    0 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Shooting Format:
    digital
  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Museum of Modern Art in Rio de Janeiro
    Rio de Janeiro
    Brazil
    September 8, 2020
  • OBSKUUR Ghent Film Festival.
    Ghent
    Belgium
    June 6, 2021
    Best Experimental Film
  • SUPERSHORTS NY
    New York
    United States
    December 2, 2021
    USA premiere
  • SUPERSHORTS London
    London
    United Kingdom
    December 18, 2021
    UK Premiere
  • Contexts Ephemeral Art Festival
    Sokolowsko
    Poland
    July 26, 2020
  • Delete TV
    on line
    October 1, 2020
Director Biography - Jola Kudela

Jola Kudela was born in Poland and now travels between Paris, London and Warsaw for various projects. Kudela graduated from the Lodz Film School (Masters in Animation and Visual Effects) and completed her training at the department of animated film at CFT Gobelins in Paris.
After 20 years of experience as a compositing artist (Nuke Flame, MPC, DNeg, The Mill) She currently works as director, animation director and visual supervisor.

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