The Sonar festival is one of the most influent festivals in Europe. Not only by lining-up the most interesting bands and DJ’s of Advanced music, but for being a showroom of digital technology in arts.
Every year, the festival presents a theme, a story that will frame the approach of the event. I have to admit that I find their imaginary amazing.
For Sonar 2014, they presented a 30′ short film called “Ancha es Castilla / N’importe quoi”.
“Ancha es Castilla / N’importe quoi” is a horror movie with a sick sense of humour, which tells the story of a girl possessed by the devil who performs exorcisms with her family, to expel the evil inside. It is a short film (25 minutes in length), with characters comprised of food and inspired by Goya ‘s Black Paintings. As is typical of Caballero’s films, the plot and dialogue were developed after the shoot. The result is disturbing, crude and filthy: the most punk Caballero movie to date.
From the outset the Sónar image has been one of the festival’s foremost attractions. Caballero`s work on all festival imagery often plays with ironic and provocative elements and is at times far removed from images usually associated with electronic music.
Apart from their references to Goya’s Black Paintings, I also see clear connections with Arcimboldo’s portraits.
Sonar 14 is happening the 12th, 13th, 14th of June in Barcelona. I wish I was there.
To end, a great performance by one of the most iconic bands, Kraftwerk. Enjoy Sonar.