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    Serpientes Negras is Alexis Mata's first music video direction, with his artwork animated by Jesus "Faded" Torres and help illustrating by Eduard… Read More
    Serpientes Negras is Alexis Mata's first music video direction, with his artwork animated by Jesus "Faded" Torres and help illustrating by Eduardo "Hous" Zendejas. It tells the psychotic after-story of a character who's been bitten by a snake. Read Less
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“Serpientes negras”
 
The story behind “Serpientes negras” is based on the mental state of a character. A series of memories that appear during an episode of psychedelic mental chaos.
The character enters a introspective state of mind in which he recalls how given people and acts have exerted an evil influence upon him; these are shaped in the form of black serpents that bite and attack him.
I imagine this character talking with someone or something. As he keeps talking and making more and more questions, chaos unwraps. It’s an analogy referring to those moments when we talk to ourselves and end up finding unexpected and sometimes risky answers.
 
I tried to examine the mind of the character from my personal experiences with LSD; a trance similar to Hunter S. Thompson’s in Fear and Laughing in Las Vegas, more a psychotic experience than a pleasant psychedelic hallucination.
 
I have an image on this idea: travelling in the same car with Jack Kerouac, William Burroughs and Thomson. Let’s only imagine that picture. ¿What would happen on that trip? Here is where I placed the character, who, in the eyes of the viewer resembles a dead man, but that is just a disguise that conceals reality.
 
The technical part was not an easy one. This is the first video i direct. The script was one of the biggest challenges for me because it was also my first, but that, I took it as an advantage. in order to construct it, we had to work with my team. We read a book on dadaists and we took that as a reference point for a brainstorming. With that, we built an exquisite corpse, a corpse in its full meaning,
 
If we pay attention, we can see different symbols and references in the video. For instance, the demon from “El día de la bestia”, by Álex de la Iglesia; the house we see is the same house from Hitchcock’s “Psycho”; the hallway is very similar to the one in “Silent Hill” or “The Ophanage” by Juan Antonio Bayona; the room is an homage to Goya’s “San Francisco de Borja”. Also references to the drawing style of Pedro de Dios from Guadalupe Plata, Fran Miller’s comics or colors referring to Moenius or Liberatore from the 80’s music mag Heavy Metal.
 
All this, put together with references from my own work: “Huele a muerto”, “Vortex” and “La raíz de mi falla”. everything joined in a collage, a living collage.