Operators Capture Emotional Artifacts Of Humanity In New Video “I Feel Emotion”

A glimpse into our future

Photo: Britt Kubatt

Just as we go around excavating artifacts of Stone Age and dinosaur skeletons, robots will be searching for traces of our emotions in a distant future after the apocalypse. Operators give us a glimpse of how that will look like in their new video “I Feel Emotion.” Directed by Caleb Bardgett and Jonhnny Dunn, we see an exhibition of our own emotions through screens that capture the layers of intimacy and vulnerability of our species. The slow-burning synths and pensive vocals amplify a rare form of melancholia that you feel throughout the video. You feel empathetic towards everything that is portrayed on the screen, but the weird superficiality of it adds an inevitable distance. Watch below:

In regards to the video, keyboardist Devojka shared:

“‘I Feel Emotion’ is a song for anyone who feels like they don’t know how to be alive in the world today. The video we made for ‘I Feel Emotion’ is compound nostalgia. It was inspired by a video installation I saw at an exhibition at MOMA called ‘Toward A Concrete Utopia, Architecture in Yugoslavia 1948-1980’. The installation was a stack of tv screens playing short loops taken from what looked to be old commercials and footage of people in various states of everydayness. As a first generation ex-Yugoslavian, I was surprised to find myself fascinated and moved; the intimacy of a woman ecstatically twirling with her purse flung on her shoulder in her smart and modern skirt completely arrested me. I come from a long line of pain, and I’ve been estranged from my family for some years now. Making the video was a way to connect to this heritage; something equally familiar and foreign to me. I combed through hours of footage from old Yugoslavian films looking for those intimate moments – the moments that happen between the BIG EVENTS in our lives.”

The track is from the Operators’ upcoming sophomore album Radiant Dawn, which will be out on May 17thvia Last Gang. The trio will also start touring towards the end of this month, so go see them:

5/28 – Chicago, IL- Lincoln Hall

5/29 – Minneapolis, MN – Turf Club

5/31 – Winnipeg, MB – Good Will

6/1 – Saskatoon, SK – Capitol

6/3 – Edmonton, AB – Starlite

6/4 – Calgary, AB – Commonwealth

6/6 – Victoria, BC – Upstairs

6/7 – Vancouver, BC – Fortune

6/8 – Vancouver, BC – Fortune

6/9 – Seattle, WA – Neumos

6/10 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir

6/12 – San Francisco, CA – Independent

6/13 – Los Angeles CA – Teragram

6/14 – San Diego, CA – Casbah

6/15 – Phoenix, AZ – Valley Bar

6/17 – Salt Lake City, UT – Kilby Court

6/18 – Denver, CO – Lost Lake

6/19 – Albuquerque, NM – Launchpad

6/20 – Dallas, TX – Three Links

6/21 – Austin, TX – 3TEN ACL Live

6/22 – Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall

6/24 – Atlanta, GA – Earl

6/25 – Nashville, TN – High Watt

6/26 – Columbus, OH – Ace of Cups

7/10 – Allston, MA – Great Scott

7/11 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom

7/12 – Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s

7/13 – Washington, DC – U Street Music Hall

8/29 – Tromsø, NO – DRIV Festival

8/31 – Skopje, MK – Zradvo Mladi Festival

9/01 – Belgrade, RS – Elektropionir

9/03 – Budapest, HU – Durer Kert

9/04 – Zagreb, HR – Vintage Industrial Bar

9/05 – Vienna, AT – Fluc

9/06 – Prague, CZ – Meet Factory

9/07 – Berlin, DE – Torstrassenfestival

9/11 – Rijeka, HR – Klub Zivot

9/12 – Ljubijana, SL – KINO ŠIŠKA

9/15 – Colmar, FR – Le Grillen

9/17 – Luxembourg, LX – De Gudde Wellen

9/18 – Rotterdam, NL – Rotown

9/19 – London, UK – Sebright Arms

9/20 – Bucharest, RO – Control Club

9/21 – Cluj Napoca, RO – Form Café