Anything's possible online and anything's possible in the fantasies of your mind! #BEENTRILL# and KTZ team with Nick Knight on a shoot to celebrate their new collaboration. The shoot and resultant fashion film explore the links between the limitless possibilities of the unconscious mind and the limitless possibilities of the deep web. Models include rising young rap stars like BLADEE and ECCO2K of GRAVITY BOYS and model Betty Adewole.
In the fashion film, Knight explores the millions of layers that make up the internet and its resultant complexity. He sought to create a sense of 'things within things and layers within layers,' nodding to the multiple portals one has to navigate and find to enter the deep web. This was explored in both the two days of filming that occurred when producing the work. On the first, BLADEE and ECCO2K of GRAVITY BOYS toyed with layers by 'live mixing' a performance, with one dancing and singing live, while the other worked on cutting and chopping the stream against various bits of haphazard imagery live on their website. On the second day - which was live streamed on SHOWstudio a few weeks later - footage from the first day appeared directly on the body of model Betty Adewole via green screen paint. Knight himself appeared on camera painting a nude Adewole. On his decision to appear before the lens, rather than behind it as is traditional for a photographer, Knight commented, 'It's toying with the idea that no-one really knows what I do anymore. No-one knows what to define me as. In this case, I wasn't working as a typical photographer by just looking at something and capturing it, but rather as an active force pulling different things together, almost like a conductor. That's why I appear.'
Other motifs in the film that highlight Knight's interest in the layers of the web include icebergs, which suggest the huge quantities of hidden matter and content that is not accessed by average web users and can only be seen by diving below the surface into the deep web.