Small, straight rows of turmeric.
Hands gently scooping it from a bowl, methodically sculpting tiny mounds, one by one.
The work is then destroyed in a frenzied, joyful expression through dance, capturing the finite balance of life.
Sydney’s Ben Panucci has channelled the meditative work of German conceptual artist and sculptor Wolfgang Laib in this clip for Quite.
“I first came across Wolfgang Laib’s work in a textbook in high school when I was studying art. I’ve since seen his work in the flesh and I found it incredibly beautiful as it is such an immersive sensory experience,” Panucci explains.
“The work smells beautiful; it’s temporal and ethereal. To me, it felt like what it would be like to be inside a Rothko painting… There’s something very meditative about it.
“It was fun to play with and looked beautiful although it did stain my hands for days and my white clothes will never be white again,” he jokes.
From director Daniel O’Toole, the clip captures the introspective sensibility of Quite through visual representation of calm and chaos; a reminder to embrace our own temporality.
The artistic choices of the film clip “reflect the narrative of the song without making a film clip that was incredibly literal.
“The arc of the narrative in the song is about finding yourself (and contentment) after having felt lost… Like stepping into a new world through a changed lens,” Panucci furthers.
“The idea behind the clip was that this would be conveyed through the sculpting and then the destruction of the tumeric mounds. In a way, they represent temporality.”
From a tender age, Panucci has pursued music; first classical piano and then guitar. A stalwart of the Australian jazz scene, he has branched out to perform with the likes of Ngaiire, Tuka, Paul Mac, PON CHO and more.
One of the founding members of The Cope Street Parade, his foray into the solo world sees his music grow from his jazz and classical roots..
“Style is a funny one,” he muses. “I think I’m still searching for an aesthetic that will best resonate and I think too that it will continue to remain just out of reach, I hope it does.
“I studied jazz music at Uni; I make a living playing jazz music; it’s a big part of who I am… I think it has definitely influenced the way I write, even if just for the major 7 chords!”
Ben Panucci Quite single launch shows
Saturday, 11 August – The Union Hotel, Newtown
With support from Tambourine Girls and Maia Marsh
Sunday, 19 August – The Gaso Upstairs, Melbourne
With support from Merpire and Laneous
Supporting Hannah Cameron
Friday, 25 August – Golden Age Bar and Cinema, Sydney