Free jazz now has a video form, and it is called ‘Walkscape’. Vasco Diogo’s short follows no rule to tell many stories. There is nothing conventional in this short experimental video – the score is extraterrestrial, the storyline builds up in the form of a crazy drunken taxi drive in a dystopian city that creates itself in front of the main character. Nothing is simple here, and at the same time, nothing is too complicated. Everything stands out for five seconds and then disappears, as it never existed. Vasco Diogo’s short is the perfect visual for a live Midwest-emo concert where the angst and despair are not graphic enough to be understood by the lucky attendees.
In ‘Walkscape’, the crazy vibe of the street is presented perfectly – we are just pawns caught in a massive game of kick the odd man out. The unsettling feeling is omnipresent, and there is almost no chance one can find a safe, cozy, quiet place in this urban jungle.
Each person we meet on the street carries a story, a unique and untold story that is bound to be forever unknown. The music used in this short represents the heartbeat of the city as we feel it – thousands of beats beating simultaneously, in different ways, in different tempos, in different styles. This short is extremely abstract, and because of this, there are many ways of interpreting each scene. Vasco Diogo created a short that can be good or bad in the eyes of the viewers, and neither of the two would be wrong or right to judge. This short pushes the pedal of imagination to the floor and waits for the completely cinematic vehicle to stumble over a bright mind to unload all the possible expressive bits. We can’t say whether this short is good or bad, because it will always have this wild card of being experimental, and as we know it, everything is possible in this field.
Written by Vlad A. G