3’ 59’’, color, 16/9, HD, 2020
Directed by Sara Bonaventura
Video Premiere on FACT Magazine
Official video for Stromboli’s track Dive, from Ghosting.
“Dive is a nocturnal dream staging a journey of initiation”, explains Bonaventura,
“blending classical Mediterranean culture with rituals of the Far East, between Plato’s
cave and Hindu funerals by the ocean”. Returning to images of water and aquatic life,
the filmmaker draws on the shared Greek etymology of the words ‘dolphin’ and ‘womb’,
configuring this oceanic journey as one of transfiguration and rebirth.
‘Dive’ is taken from Stromboli’s second album, Ghosting, a dense and frazzled ambient
departure from his more industrial-leaning work, released on Berlin-based imprint Oltrarno
Recordings. He describes the track as “the sound stratification of an endless loop obtained
with an old Revox A77 tape recorder, processing drones, FM waves of synths and steel guitars.”
“The patch on the Korg MS20 recreates the redundant effect of dub reminiscences”, he continues.
“The answer sound echoes the movement of the waves, producing an increasingly dazzling reflection,
culminating with a loss of consciousness.”
It’s this hazy dream logic that Bonaventura captures perfectly in the layered imagery and
distorted visual effects of the video, weaving together a somnambulist landscape through which
we can explore Stromboli’s sounds.
FACT Magazine, Series – Audiovisual Short films from some of the world’s best audiovisual artists, Video Premiere, 2020