Inspired by the blend of technology and destruction in Fatima Al Qadiri’s EP Desert Strike, artist Alex Gvojic’s lush visualization of Ghost Raid is a blend of real war footage, video games, and original computer animation. Drawing upon the background of the Gulf War and ancient myths of Djinn, the film documents the creation of secret machines in unseen dimensions, black particles rising like smoke from oil fires, evil energies drawn from conflict and war. Working alongside otherwordly entities, the Djinn are the spirit of military technology, ghostly machines crafting conflict, much like a child outfitting a soldier in a video game. Ghost Raid is a hyperreal meditation on history, spirituality, and contemporary violence.
A rare feat of a video that not only compliments the concept and context of the song being filmed but also enriches and refines them through its imagery.