The Bug, in collaboration with maverick South London directors Factory Fifteen and production company and digital studio Nexus, (produced in conjunction with the visionary online arts channel The Creators Project) and Ninja Tune are proud to present ‘Function / Void’ – an astounding video short combining two tracks that explore the duality and contradiction intrinsic to The Bug’s brand new album Angels & Devils via the ear-battering acid-grime assault of ‘Function’ (featuring Roll Deep’s Manga) and the heavily blunted dub of ‘Void’ (featuring Liz Harris of Grouper). “We wanted to reflect The Bug’s thematic ideas and visually explore the narrative of a person stuck in a totalitarian system, using themes from our current society of consumerist lifestyles.” Factory Fifteen explain. “The whole process was critically engaging and allowed us to truly build a world . . . and then tear it down.”
This creation highlights the impending arrival of The Bug’s Exit EP, which features both aforementioned Angels & Devils cuts alongside “Black Wasp” again featuring vocals from Liz Harris of Grouper and “Blaow” featuring the original ragamuffin soldier — Daddy Freddy. The Bug is also heading out on a North American tour which kicks off next month. The tour finds The Bug playing New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and more. Along the way, The Bug will perform alongside Wolf Eyes and labelmate Actress, as well as longtime Roll Deep collaborators Manga and Flowdan.
ABOUT FACTORY FIFTEEN
Factory Fifteen are a UK based film and animation studio, led by directors Jonathan Gales, Paul Nicholls and Kibwe Tavares. Their backgrounds range from architecture, 3d visualisation, engineering, animation and photography. They translate this to a multi-disciplinary and distinctive approach to film making. Their creative shorts and artwork have been exhibited around the world in various film festivals such as Sundance Film Festival, SXSW, Onedotzero, Ars Electronica, Alpha-ville, The Creators Project, Frieze Art Fair, The Whitechapel Gallery, The Royal Academy, Africa International Film Festival and London Short Film Festival. Most recently Factory Fifteen was included in the Barbican’s ‘Digital Revolution’ exhibition.
Kibwe was awarded the Saatchi & Saatchi YDA Special Jury prize alongside the Best Short Film for ‘Jonah’ at the Young Director’s Awards in Cannes Lions 2014, as well as a Jury prize for animation direction in last year’s Sundance Film Festival for ‘Robots of Brixton’, which also won the RIBA Silver Medal. Factory Fifteen has won 2 architectural 3D awards including ‘Best Architectural 3d Film’ (Golden Age) and ‘Best Architectural 3D Image’ (Megalomania). Their artwork has also been seen in many of the world’s leading Architecture, design and 3D books, magazines and blogs, including Stash Mag, 3D World, 3D Artist, Dezeen, Creative Web and Evolo.
ABOUT THE CREATORS PROJECT
Founded by a revolutionary partnership between Intel and VICE, The Creators Project celebrates and supports visionary artists across multiple disciplines who are using technology in innovative ways to push the boundaries of creative expression. Launched in 2010, The Creators Project includes daily video and editorial content, an official YouTube Channel, and original artwork commissions. To date, there are more than 500 Creators from around the world. Participating artists include Karen O, M83, Benh Zeitlin, Animal Collective, The xx, Chris Milk, Florence and the Machine, Spike Jonze, Amon Tobin, Matt Pyke, Anthony Wong, Supermarche, United Visual Artists, Sticky Monster Lab, Takeshi Murata, Andrew Huang, Vega Zaishi Wang, Mick Rock, David Bowie and Barney Clay.
Founded in 1997 Nexus is an independent production company and animation studio based in London with a worldwide reputation for creative storytelling across a range of media. Nexus are dedicated to the development of unique voices in filmmaking, with a roster of directing talent working with multi-disciplinary skills in animation, live-action and for the past 5 years with Nexus Interactive Arts as its digital division. The studio’s production, animation, digital, post-production staff and facilities support them, with Nexus being a home for both the people and the technology to create some of the most innovative work in entertainment and branded content.
The Bug – Exit
(Ninja Tune – October 7th)
A1. Void feat. Liz Harris
A2. Void Version
B3. Black Wasp feat. Liz Harris
B4. Black Version
C5. Function feat. Manga
D6. Blaow feat. Daddy Freddy
North American Tour:
10/08: NYC, NY @ Output $
10/10: Boston, MA @ Good Life ^
10/11: Detroit, MI @ The Works ^
10/24: Guadalajara, Mexico @ ENSAMBLE *
10/25: Mexico City, Mexico @ Mutek MX *
10/26: Austin, TX @ Barcelona ^
10/28: Denver, CO @ Cervantes ^
10/29: St. Louis, MO @ 2720 Cherokee ^
10/30: Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel ^
10/31: Houston, TX @ Gritsy ^
11/01: San Francisco, CA @ The Independent ^#
11/03: Los Angeles, CA @ Echoplex ^#
11/05: Montreal @ Underworld Cabaret *
11/06: Toronto, ON @ Coda *
11/07: Calgary, AB @ Ten Nightclub *
11/09: Vancouver, BC @ Electric Owl *
11/13: Seattle, WA @ Nectars ^
11/14: Portland, OR @ Rotture ^
11/15: Chicago, IL @ Evil Olive ^
$ w/ Actress * w/ Flowdan ^ w/ Manga # w/ Wolf Eyes