The music video »Milk« interweaves the discrepancy of postcolonial conditions with aspects of mythology. The short film attempts to bridge the gap between conventional, trivial entertaining music video and philosophically inclined art film: close-ups of the singing artist Chaya Zhao in three evolving characters are integrated into an artificial scenery, such as layered silhouettes, abstract painting and surrealistic collages. Storyline: History is either transmitted orally (harp-playing shaman) or transcribed (white old man). We as human beings are dependent on the sources of tradition to know about our past, which may be either true, false or manipulated. Imperialism is usually associated with the overwriting of many different traditions (“industrialized” typewriter) and at this point appeares a double twist: some people get separated from their roots (girl in black coat) and some get told of those roots through the lens of the ethnologist (blind to spirituality). History gets a crack, but: Humans are never completely detached from their nature. Through their spirit they can free himself inwardly from imposed dogmas (stop motion animated puppet born from the crack of history). The old man gets prisoned in his own created jungle of ignorance and the shaman as mediator between worlds rewrites history.
The Indie-Pop song „It´s a test“ is the debut single by „Baby Chaya“, whose song content reflects a female love (to a man), which has turned to dependance and addiction. The music video visualises the relationship metaphorically with slightly implied horror elements: the female part is represented in form of a partly animated BJD-doll as a dependent, replaceable and extradited „toy“; the dominant male part appears mainly in kind of a slideshow as a mixture of magician, devil and pathological character. The dance of the doll is ambiguous: it can be either interpreted as a mental liberation and rebellion against the degrading gender role or a staged show act for the preferences of the male audience. Hope appears at the end as a purifying fire: it destroys the illusion, the own image of self-deception.
»Shan Hua« is Chinese and means »Mountain Flower« - the song is about origin and coming of age, leaving and yearning, memory and family ties. The mainly stop-motion animated film visualises the transcultural phenomenon of uprooting in form of an outlined journey of a lonely girl, who left her parents behind. The movie´s storyline plays with two different time layers: dream and flashback sequences are embedded in the girl´s fragmentary travel sections. The flower stands for her inner strength and confidence, that has grown through the love she experienced in her childhood. The color scheme of the film concentrates on the contrast of white and black, referring to the Asian calligraphy and polarisation of energies. The color red only appears in significant spots pointing to memory of love, individual willpower and development. As well the austere scenery, consisting of paper cuttings, is more abstract and interprets the Chinese cultural background.
A song about freedom, living the own fantasy, making the own decisions, realizing the own dreams, breaking free from the conventions and expectations of others. I don´t have to play the role others have chosen for me. If I believe in myself, I can fly.