A film by Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin: Saturday comes Slow

Massive Attack commissioned seven low-budget videos by both established names and those with little experience of directing. "We are always keen not to be in the videos, and not to compromise the idea by having to make an appearance," says Del Naja. "But on the whole it has been a case of carte blanche with the directors, to the extent where we said: 'We will give you the stems of the tracks and you can use whichever components you want, loop some parts, take the vocals out...' We have always been totally unprecious."

The film looks at human rights with a sonic, scientific slant; imagine sitting inside a perfectly silent space - a room so quiet you can actually hear your own nervous system functioning. Now, imagine the opposite - a dissonant, freezing cold concrete chamber with extremely loud music blaring for hours on end. These two extremes come together in Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin's new film for Massive Attack's "Saturday Comes Slow".

The film was shot in the anechoic chamber at Cambridge University (designed to create total silence) and featuring former Guantanamo Bay detainee, Ruhal Ahmed. The film is a reflection on Ahmed's experiences whilst in detention, particularly how he was interogated using high volume music, and about the physical effect of sound on the human body.

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