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Jacolby Satterwhite Directs Epic ‘Pygmalion’s Ugly Season’ for Perfume Genius

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 Jacolby Satterwhite Directs Epic ‘Pygmalion’s Ugly Season’ for Perfume Genius

Renowned visual artist Jacolby Satterwhite has created a 30 minute film featuring Mike Hadreas aka Perfume Genius and the music of Ugly Season, the artist’s new album released on June 17th via Matador Records.

Entitled Pygmalion’s Ugly Season, the film - both stunning and surreal -  is out now.

Jacolby, whose work is in the collections of MoMA, Studio Museum in Harlem and the Whitney Museum of American Art, has also collaborated with Solange and Dev Hynes. 

At the onset of the pandemic in 2020, Mike offered the now-completed recordings up to Satterwhite, known for his immersive multidisciplinary technique that fuses live video, 3D animation.  

“I gave him free reign,” says Mike. “We're both the same age, I feel very aligned with Jacolby when it comes to taste and certain pop culture obsessions. There is also a spiritual harmony between us in the way we approach work and the similar energetic spaces we want to inhabit, realise and share."

“Mike and I are both writing scripts,” explains Jacolby. “My visual narrative serendipitously mirrors the lyrical direction in his music; it’s a rare, like-minded bond. It’s a creation myth. How do you architecturally mould and render an idealised version of utopia? It’s about making something that you desire so beyond your scope that it’s hard to grapple into a concrete form.”

‘Pygmalion’s Ugly Season’ was first screened as a site specific installation at the Guggenheim Museum Young Collectors Party co-hosted by Jacolby.

‘Pygmalion’s Ugly Season’ is a version and iterative fragment of an upcoming large scale museum installation being released later this summer.

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Label: Matador Records

Management: New Community Management

Director: Jacolby Satterwhite

Edit: Jacolby Satterwhite

Animation: Jacolby Satterwhite

Design: Jacolby Satterwhite

VFX: Jacolby Satterwhite

Executive Producer: Jannie McInnes

Production Company: Scheme Engine

Head of Production: James Rothman

Live Action Producer: Brian Mcelroy

DP: Gary Bardizbanian

Stylist: David Casavant

HMU: Rashad Taylor

Associate Producer: Hudson Payer

Production Coordinator: Charlie Freiberg

1st AC: Mars Alba

Gaffer: Daniele Napolitano

Key Grip: Albi Sala

PA: Samson Jeter

PA: Violyt Martin

Dancers: August Henderson, Boy Radio, Jack Blackmon, Tate Justas, Trevor Hansen

Trailer edited by: Eric Barr, Scheme Engine

Genres: People, Storytelling

Categories: Music video, Short Films and Music Videos

Scheme Engine, Mon, 20 Jun 2022 15:47:39 GMT