Kokosmos

Kokosmos is a purely visual, experimental piece inspired by space and our fascination with the unknown. A surreal fantasy, aimed to extend our perception of reality by letting us wonder over the existence of a higher being and our connection with her.

Shot in Moscow by the award-winning director and photographer Anna Radchenko, Kokosmos is a tribute to Russia’s infatuation with space.

Somewhere between a fashion film, a music piece and an experimental video, Kokosmos embraces reality and extends it through magical realism by visually answering the question: what if? The video is Radchenko’s first piece combining CGI with real footage, a direction that she is looking to explore with her future productions.

Kokosmos is a collaboration with model Yana Dobroliubova, recognised for her striking and ethereal looks which break away from traditional beauty standards. Inspired by Dobroliubova’s unearthly aesthetic, as well as Japanese manga artist Shintaro Kago, Radchenko expresses our constant need to explore and search by focusing on the concept of the all-seeing eye.

The music and sound was custom made specifically for this piece. Collaborating with creative music and sound design duo Playhead, they worked with the London-based singer songwriter Alyusha Chagrin to create an otherworldly-sounding language to fit the scenario.

Similarly, the choice of clothing and make-up is also meant to fit with post-soviet space theme; Radchenko brings in elements of folklore by specifically selecting Russian fashion designers and sticking to a neon color palette featuring bright shades of green and purple.


Behind the Scenes

Credits

Director and Executive Producer Anna Radchenko

Co-director Mikhail Svjatogor

DoP Roman Yudin

Producer Anastasia Limarenko

Model Yana Dobroliubova

CG Artist and Supervisor Murat Kılıç

CG artist Yanis Georges

CG compositing Murat Kılıç

Music and Sound Design Lister Rossel + Utkucan Eken

Singer Alyusha Chagrin

Editors Suga Supiah + Ikki Dhesi

Colour Tobias Tomkins

Post-production producer Jack Goodwin

Make-up Darya Kholodnykh

Stylist Anna Bakhareva

Fashion designers o5o.moscow, AVA11, Go Authentic + Anya Komyagina

About the Artist

Anna Radchenko is an award-winning director and multidisciplinary artist from Moscow, who now resides in London. Her specialisations are short films, music videos, commercials, mixed media editorial projects and art installations.

Graduating with a distinction in MA Fashion Photography from London College of Fashion, Radchenko’s films have been selected for the world’s major fashion and short film festivals including London, Berlin, Los Angeles and more.In terms of vision, she uses surreal ideas to create content that is both optically arresting and memorable. Anna is represented by Kode Media in the UK.

More of Anna’s work can be seen on her Website and on Instagram

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