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The music video revolves around 3 deities: Dionysus (as indicated by the wine and the dark, chaotic décor from the first room), Adonis and Aphrodite (you can see their statues in different scenes throughout the MV. Dionysus represents the unconscious mind, the instinctual and impulsive side of the human psyche, while Adonis represents the moral, “light” side of us. The scene in which Ravi spills wine on Adonis’s statue is a clear representation of the unconscious mind taking over the conscious mind, thus unleashing the deepest and darkest desires and impulses. It’s notable that throughout the video there’s a rapid and constant switch between dream and reality. If you look carefully, the rooms subtly change: during the dream sequences you can see the statue of Aphrodite in the background (1:00 for example) and the images are blurry and purple toned, while when the switch to reality occurs, the statue can no longer be seen (1:05). Also, it’s interesting that in the “real world” you can see a boar head on the wall (1:53), while in the dream it’s replaced with a deer head (1:56). The boar head represents masculinity and Adonis, because interestingly, Adonis was killed by a boar, while the deer represents femininity. So there isn’t only a constant switch between reality and dream, but a switch between masculinity and femininity, between male and female symbols! We see Adonis and the boar in “reality” and Aphrodite and the deer in the dream – male/female. The mind-blowing thing is that both Dionysus and Adonis are androgynous gods. So this switch between male and female symbols can represent their androgyny. Fun fact: in certain myths Dionysus and Adonis are actually lovers. Adonis is a hermaphrodite, so he switches between being Dionysus’ lover for a period of time and Aphrodite’s lover for another period of time. xD

Now, for the scene that was deleted from the MV, although many people saw it like just a means of showing scantily clad women and denigrating and objectifying them, boooy, there was soooo much more to it than that. Certainly, objectifying women or merely showing sexy girls wasn’t the point of that scene.  It’s actually a perfect representation of the essence of the three gods the MV revolves around: Dionysus, Adonis and Aphrodite. Think about it, Aphrodite is a symbol of femininity, pleasure and vanity; Adonis is a symbol of masculinity (and whose cult belonged to women btw) and Dionysus is a symbol of the unconscious mind and of instincts and sexual desire. The whole scene happens in a dream sequence, the girls symbolizing femininity - Aphrodite, while Ravi symbolizes masculinity – Adonis. The fact that everything happens in a dream and it’s portrayed as a sexual fantasy is also important, because that particular scene represents precisely what Dionysus stands for: the unconscious mind and the most impulsive desires that are manifested through dream. So the scene represents nothing more than the union between masculinity and femininity and also the deepest dark and impulsive side of the human mind. What’s also interesting is that, according to mythology, because Aphrodite and Persephone fought over Adonis, Zeus decided for Adonis to marry both of them and spend different amounts of time with them, reason why I believe the two girls dressed in red in the original MV represent these two goddesses, as they are shown to be clearly distinct from the other women.

Another key point of the video is also related to the lyrics that go along the lines of “the me I draw today will become the me from tomorrow and I will still continue drawing”. These lyrics are beautifully expressed between 1:49 – 1:51 when, after Ravi draws himself earlier in the video, we see him “coming out of the painting” – his dream becomes a reality. But what’s interesting is that this scene happens in a dream sequence, as indicated by the blurry, purple tinted images. In the dream, the painting looks beautiful and has bright colours, but when it  is shown later,  at 1:54, we can see that in reality, the painting has dark colours and it’s chaotic and messy. This can either represent the Dionysos/Adonis duality ( instincts vs morality; dark vs light) or maybe the fact that, despite the dreams he has, reality is uglier and things don’t always turn the way he wants?

The mad conductor scene is very interesting as well, as it also relates to androgyny and Dionysus. We first see Ravi in an elegant costume, acting very properly and calm, and then suddenly “exploding” and going all crazy, acting chaotically and insane. I believe this scene is related to Dionysus because he was also the god of ritual madness and insanity. The first part of the scene represents what’s on the surface – the calm, moral self (Adonis) while the second part represents the chaos and madness that lies underneath (Dionysus). Another fun fact: in some myths Dionysus and Adonis are seen as two different manifestations of the same god.

But what actually drew my attention the most in this scene was the people from the orchestra Ravi conducts. They all wear masks and they are all dressed the same way. There is no distinction between males and females. This detail sends a huge message against gender stereotypes: basically, it doesn’t matter if you are a man or a woman, all people are the same at the core and gender roles are simply a social construct. Ravi even talked in an interview about how gender is not important, so I believe this interpretation makes sense in this context.

So, in the end, Ravi’s music video, as the title suggests, is a representation of the “explosion” of our mind’s most hidden and deepest desires and impulses in the form of a dream. It’s also noticeable that the music video begins and ends with the same scene – Ravi lying on the floor- suggesting the idea of dream.

I believe Ravi did a great job using the three deities I talked about (Adonis and Aphrodite and Dionysus) as symbols for masculinity, femininity and the deep, dark, unconscious side of the human mind. Honestly, although I already had a huge respect for this guy’s music and ideas, this time he absolutely blew my mind and exceeded all my expectations. What he did with this video is a masterpiece as he incorporated so much meaning and details in such a short clip! It took me quite a while to spot some of the details and understand some parts of the clip, but after I did, I was literally mind-blown! I absolutely love both the song and the MV! xD

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Hah, the title is so corny!:XD: Korn...ey. Get it? :XD: Ok, I'm tired... It's 4:45 AM when I'm uploading this, so yeah. xD

So this is my take on poor, creepy, stupid, weird Yoon Bum from the manhwa "Killing Stalking". If you're up for some reaaaally crazy shit, feel free to read it. xD
#lezhin_killingstalking #fanart 
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The music video revolves around 3 deities: Dionysus (as indicated by the wine and the dark, chaotic décor from the first room), Adonis and Aphrodite (you can see their statues in different scenes throughout the MV. Dionysus represents the unconscious mind, the instinctual and impulsive side of the human psyche, while Adonis represents the moral, “light” side of us. The scene in which Ravi spills wine on Adonis’s statue is a clear representation of the unconscious mind taking over the conscious mind, thus unleashing the deepest and darkest desires and impulses. It’s notable that throughout the video there’s a rapid and constant switch between dream and reality. If you look carefully, the rooms subtly change: during the dream sequences you can see the statue of Aphrodite in the background (1:00 for example) and the images are blurry and purple toned, while when the switch to reality occurs, the statue can no longer be seen (1:05). Also, it’s interesting that in the “real world” you can see a boar head on the wall (1:53), while in the dream it’s replaced with a deer head (1:56). The boar head represents masculinity and Adonis, because interestingly, Adonis was killed by a boar, while the deer represents femininity. So there isn’t only a constant switch between reality and dream, but a switch between masculinity and femininity, between male and female symbols! We see Adonis and the boar in “reality” and Aphrodite and the deer in the dream – male/female. The mind-blowing thing is that both Dionysus and Adonis are androgynous gods. So this switch between male and female symbols can represent their androgyny. Fun fact: in certain myths Dionysus and Adonis are actually lovers. Adonis is a hermaphrodite, so he switches between being Dionysus’ lover for a period of time and Aphrodite’s lover for another period of time. xD

Now, for the scene that was deleted from the MV, although many people saw it like just a means of showing scantily clad women and denigrating and objectifying them, boooy, there was soooo much more to it than that. Certainly, objectifying women or merely showing sexy girls wasn’t the point of that scene.  It’s actually a perfect representation of the essence of the three gods the MV revolves around: Dionysus, Adonis and Aphrodite. Think about it, Aphrodite is a symbol of femininity, pleasure and vanity; Adonis is a symbol of masculinity (and whose cult belonged to women btw) and Dionysus is a symbol of the unconscious mind and of instincts and sexual desire. The whole scene happens in a dream sequence, the girls symbolizing femininity - Aphrodite, while Ravi symbolizes masculinity – Adonis. The fact that everything happens in a dream and it’s portrayed as a sexual fantasy is also important, because that particular scene represents precisely what Dionysus stands for: the unconscious mind and the most impulsive desires that are manifested through dream. So the scene represents nothing more than the union between masculinity and femininity and also the deepest dark and impulsive side of the human mind. What’s also interesting is that, according to mythology, because Aphrodite and Persephone fought over Adonis, Zeus decided for Adonis to marry both of them and spend different amounts of time with them, reason why I believe the two girls dressed in red in the original MV represent these two goddesses, as they are shown to be clearly distinct from the other women.

Another key point of the video is also related to the lyrics that go along the lines of “the me I draw today will become the me from tomorrow and I will still continue drawing”. These lyrics are beautifully expressed between 1:49 – 1:51 when, after Ravi draws himself earlier in the video, we see him “coming out of the painting” – his dream becomes a reality. But what’s interesting is that this scene happens in a dream sequence, as indicated by the blurry, purple tinted images. In the dream, the painting looks beautiful and has bright colours, but when it  is shown later,  at 1:54, we can see that in reality, the painting has dark colours and it’s chaotic and messy. This can either represent the Dionysos/Adonis duality ( instincts vs morality; dark vs light) or maybe the fact that, despite the dreams he has, reality is uglier and things don’t always turn the way he wants?

The mad conductor scene is very interesting as well, as it also relates to androgyny and Dionysus. We first see Ravi in an elegant costume, acting very properly and calm, and then suddenly “exploding” and going all crazy, acting chaotically and insane. I believe this scene is related to Dionysus because he was also the god of ritual madness and insanity. The first part of the scene represents what’s on the surface – the calm, moral self (Adonis) while the second part represents the chaos and madness that lies underneath (Dionysus). Another fun fact: in some myths Dionysus and Adonis are seen as two different manifestations of the same god.

But what actually drew my attention the most in this scene was the people from the orchestra Ravi conducts. They all wear masks and they are all dressed the same way. There is no distinction between males and females. This detail sends a huge message against gender stereotypes: basically, it doesn’t matter if you are a man or a woman, all people are the same at the core and gender roles are simply a social construct. Ravi even talked in an interview about how gender is not important, so I believe this interpretation makes sense in this context.

So, in the end, Ravi’s music video, as the title suggests, is a representation of the “explosion” of our mind’s most hidden and deepest desires and impulses in the form of a dream. It’s also noticeable that the music video begins and ends with the same scene – Ravi lying on the floor- suggesting the idea of dream.

I believe Ravi did a great job using the three deities I talked about (Adonis and Aphrodite and Dionysus) as symbols for masculinity, femininity and the deep, dark, unconscious side of the human mind. Honestly, although I already had a huge respect for this guy’s music and ideas, this time he absolutely blew my mind and exceeded all my expectations. What he did with this video is a masterpiece as he incorporated so much meaning and details in such a short clip! It took me quite a while to spot some of the details and understand some parts of the clip, but after I did, I was literally mind-blown! I absolutely love both the song and the MV! xD

  • Listening to: Asap Rocky - Under Control
DamnRa
I'm so glad I found the time to finish this piece! It started as a little sketch I scribbled in a notepad  while I was having a coffee at Starbucks and it somehow ended up in a drawing on which I spent more time than I initially intended. ^^

God, I absolutely love Ravi's "DamnRa"! I've listened to it obsessively ever since it came out and I still can't get enough of it!
Here's a link, for those who are curious:  www.youtube.com/watch?v=njK53a…
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