Nina Cristante is an artist, autodidactic nutritionist, Aquarius and my best friend. Had it not been for a mutual friend linking us during her temporary stay in NYC seven months back, I may’ve never been introduced to the full spectrum of her work. Just a subtle trail of digital breadcrumbs. Slow-mo-promo. A whisper, a wink, a bikini body meme. A deliberately ambiguous website hosting austere at-home workout videos and fragments of clients’ food diaries.
In their techno-apocalyptic new video, Nguzunguzu foreshadow the ominous fate of our world with destructively danceable fervor. Recontextualizing a filmic landscape in which the last surviving element of entertainment is destruction itself, “Mecha” is as timely as it is prophetic. Directed by Jude MC, the work repurposes myriad images of contemporary sci-fi and action films and synchronizes them with spine-chilling accents of alien percussion. The enduring, doomsday-like aura of the video evokes a social commentary that speaks to the heart of our culture: in the wake of technological advancement, we destroy. And out of the debris, we repurpose.