ICE Clips – Common Feeling | Six Music Videos

Curated by: Constance Barthélemy
 

Since 2003 ICE has co-created, co-directed and produced a variety of music videos through our participatory workshop program. Through our work with diverse local communities ICE has created exhibited and broadcast 23 music videos focussing on music culture - predominantly Hip Hop from Western Sydney. To date most have not been seen publicly since initial production….until now.

In February 2013 Constance Barthélemy, a cultural researcher currently in her fourth year of a Cultural Project Management Masters degree at the Grenoble Institute of Political Studies in south-eastern France, came to ICE as an intern. Constance’s interest in "how a counter/subculture can be defined today” inspired her to create a documentary focusing on alternative music culture in Western Sydney.

“Around two years ago I had a sudden strong interest for metal and dedicated my dissertation
to metal and rebellion. By chance and a shared interest in music, subcultures
and individual creativity, I came to this uncommon Western Sydney place where I had the opportunity
to work again on music, and to wake up a quiet buried childhood desire to make documentaries.”

Constance Barthélemy

Constance was also commissioned to review the existing ICE back catalogue of urban music videos to uncover new perspectives on Western Sydney music culture. She selected six for exhibition. This exhibition reveals the six, and details why she chose the works and what she discovered along the way.

Behind the music and the images lies a common theme of creativity stemming from hardship and affirmation of the individual. This creativity pulls down the barriers of age, cultural background, language and geographical distance. As Constance says:

“What I liked is the mix between music and human behaviour, between metal and rebellion;
the individual process of opposing, building, defining yourself by a cultural and creative mean.
I am fascinated by this feeling of explosion and affirmation that music can provide. In that way
the six video clips broadcasted here affected me. My choice was made by feeling the beats,
lyrics, melodies and pictures. I generally didn’t get the whole concrete story and circumstances of
writing for each song but some key words, sentences and attitudes stand out and resonate with me.”
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Braddock Boys

“Childhood allows a high potential of spontaneous creative expression that can stop afterward, Braddock Boys moved me, especially as a quiet cold universe results from a such young creativity.”
Constance Barthélemy

Credits

Director: Christian Tancred
Cinematographer: Vanna Seang
Participants: John Shepherd, Jessie Draper, Kane Ryan, Klearen Stevenson, Luke

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Number One – Osman Yassir

“Don’t worry about the people, just worry about yourself, cause the gloves on your hands are your number one man… That’s how Osman carries out his fight for being. His rule number one carries the choice of a cold clear-headedness regarding human relations: you’re always on your own somehow.”
Constance Barthélemy

Credits

Director: Fadia Abboud
Cinematographer: Vanna Seang
Participants: Osman Yassir

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Patrick Mau – Horne Island Project

“Patrick deals with his anger with a strength and determination that I miss sometimes. I like the way he shouts at you have to keep your head up, cause it’s always good to have someone to wake you up and push you further. Real friends do kick each other out to have the mic.”
Constance Barthélemy

Credits

Director: MC Trey
Cinematographer: Fadle EL Harris
Participants: Patrick Mau

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Orphan’s Journey – Oryem Mantist

“No pain no gain, Mantist handles life with realism by taking an essential paradox as the motto that keeps him standing. It echoes my favourite Greek quote; Struggle is father and king of everything.”
Constance Barthélemy

Credits

Director: MC Trey
Cinematographer: Vanna Seang
Participant: Oryem Mantist

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Searching and Hoping – Brando Poleta

“Don is far more peaceful in the way he deals with struggle. He sings with the same fighting and non-give up attitude, he delivers a soft complaint expressing how keeping on can also be painful.”
Constance Barthélemy

Credits

Director: MC Trey
Cinematographer: Vanna Seang
Participant: Brando Poleta

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2KAY – Tribute to Khaldoon Khalili

“Khaldoon looks his fears in the eye and doesn’t avoid it. He deals with his emotion and processes it into something creative. He is right into this process of creation, essentially stemming from hardships. His universe sounds to me like a softly hurting spleen poem, and he brushes past freedom by tackling his fears as his expectations.”
Constance Barthélemy

Credits

Director: Jerome Pearce
Cinematographer: Ben Hoh & Fadia Abboud
Participants: Khaldoon Khalili