China has often been associated with shanzhai counterfeit culture, from brand name apparels to electronic gadgets. But it is not just consumer goods being copied, even cities are vulnerable when it comes to Chinese cloning. As odd as it might seem to replicate an entire city, it is actually a common practice in China that can be traced all the way back to the Qin dynasty where the emperor would commission replicas of conquered palaces. On the outskirts of Beijing, there is a replica of Jackson Hole, Wyoming; in Guangdong, there’s an entire fake Austrian village; and then there’s Tianducheng, a town located in the suburbs of Hangzhou, which has a scaled-down replica of Paris, complete with Parisian architecture and even a 354-foot high Eiffel Tower.
For Jamie XX’s “Gosh”, filmmaker Romain Gavras chose this faux Paris to be the backdrop for his music video. The video starts in a dark neon-lit room where an albino protagonist, played by Hassan Kone, lays on a large couch lost deep in his thoughts. Surrounding him on the couches are people wearing glowing goggles, seemingly immersed in virtual reality. The pace quickly ramps up as the video drops viewers in the middle of a clone of Paris and Jamie XX’s minimalistic electro sounds begin kicking into gear. Dressed in all white, the protagonist races down the street in a Subaru driven by a man in a mask, riding with his entourage.
At the same time, hundreds of Chinese children in identical clothing and hair color are dashing through the empty streets. All of them moving with purpose as they close in on the replica of the Eiffel Tower looming ominously in the distance. The horde of doppelgänger children finally converges on the protagonist at the base of the tower where they begin orbiting him in a synchronized dance as his entourage looks on. The bizarre and dystopian vibes are reminiscent of the director’s earlier work for Kanye West’s “No Church in the Wild” and Justice’s “Stress”. Gavras’ impressive video involved a cast of 400 people and was shot without the use of CGI or 3D effects. Jamie XX’s In Colour album is available for purchase on his official website.
同时，数百个穿着相同的衣服，留着相同的发型的中国孩子，在空荡荡的街道，朝着复制版埃菲尔铁塔列步前进，建筑在远处或隐或现，诡异而不详。这一群幽灵般的少年最终在埃菲尔铁塔下将男主包围，以整齐划一的轨道围着他，男主的随从就在不远处静静观望。该古怪而带着反乌托邦式的MV风格让人想起导演早期的作品，如Kanye West的《No Church in the Wild》和Justice的《Stress》。整个MV个性十足，动用了400名群演，全程没有一个镜头使用CG或3D效果。Jamie XX的专辑《In Colour》可以在他的官网上购买。