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Special Feature: GLOW by LEMAT

Before Coeur & Art premieres GLOW later today (7pm, December 15th) we wanted to introduce to you the three protagonists behind this special Video project, namely the indie song-writer and band LEMAT, the director of the video Rodrigo Courtney (both from Guadalajara, Mexico) and Brooklyn-based American artist and performer Hanna-Katarina Alexandra. When asked about their motivation to premiere the video exclusively on an art platform instead using the usual channels for music video releases they answered:

For the release of this video, we wanted to share it somewhere that held true to our beliefs and integrity as artists. We want it to reach people, but in the most honest way.
We wanted to share it as an art piece, not necessary a music video only intended for those viewers.
The video was, of course, made to accompany LEMAT’s song, but we have strong ideas about crossing borders and genres artistically; to not define what we do or put it in a box.
And also who we are, as I think that we are all one and the that’s the true power of collaboration, a blending of artistic language.
Everyone needs music and poetry, I felt it would be interesting to show this piece in a different light, to expose it from all sides and share it with a diverse group of viewers. Maybe some who view the world similar to ourselves.
More importantly this collaboration is a meeting of souls, a mixing of mediums and an intimate interaction between three artists during a time of upheaval and change in the world. It boldly marks a moment in time. This is a moving audio visual poem that is meant to cross boundaries and confuse, made against all odds, it shares the resilience of the human being and healing power of making art.

Hanna Hands, still from the Video "Glow" by the Band Lemat
Hanna Hands, still from the Video GLOW by LEMAT

This collaboration is a meeting of souls, a mixing of mediums and an intimate interaction between three artists during a time of upheaval and change in the world. It boldly marks a moment in time.


This is a moving audio visual poem that is meant to cross boundaries and confuse, made against all odds, it shares the resilience of the human being and healing power of making art.

Hanna Katarina, Selfportrait
Hanna Katarina, photo by @viktorshaa

Please tell us about yourself, what you do and how would you describe yourself to someone who can not see you? 

I am a mermaid that enjoys telling stories without words. On my best days I am child and explore my creativity freely. Mostly I make wearable objects, that I see as personal deities for the bodies. I love scissors and metal sheers, cutting material and putting it back together.

I like working with the idea of maker, wearer and witness.

Activating objects of intimacy through movement and documenting the experience. I feel the most fulfilled when I am involved in every part of the process.

GLOW - photo by Anton Cerda
GLOW – photo by Anton Cerda

How did the three of you meet, is there a distinct memory, image, smell, or situation you connect with coming across each other’s work or meeting in person?

The first time the three of us met in person, I felt the rare sensation of finding members of your tribe. I feel this video marks our time getting to know each other.

When I think of meeting the two of them, I think of the smell of coffee, many round tables of conversations and debates: philosophizing for hours.
Memories of dancing totally free.

Beyond both being artists I deeply admire, Rodrigo and Anton are my favorite dancers.

GLOW, photo by Anton Cerda
GLOW, photo by Anton Cerda

What makes this project and collaboration in your eyes special, what is it you personally want to transport or achieve with it besides sharing your work and vision with the world? 

For me, this collaboration marks a rare capture of a wild moment in history. A place beyond time, a breath, a pause in the world. A time that exposed the mystery itself.

From my personal side, this “Cape” that I wear in the video

I view as a story of the “Phoenix of the trash” it was made from scraps from suitcase and the street during quarantine in Ajijic.

Video Still, photo Anton Cerda
Video Still, photo Anton Cerda

During our time in quarantine, the three of us would meet every evening in the courtyard and discuss everything we were experiencing. Meanwhile we spoke, I would cut and sew the pieces of this Cape.

So I feel my experience with the two of them is somehow written into this object.

I am widely grateful for the chance to connect my personal narrative through the beautiful lense of Rodrigo and the poetry of Anton.

I  hope that this piece transmits this moment of stillness and universal uncertainty and in turn the healing capacity of making art and the power of collaboration.

Hanna working on cape, photo by @sirlemat
Hanna working on cape, photo by @sirlemat

Your favorite moment during the videoshoot?    

My favourite moment of the video shoot has to be the moment on top of the massive boulder near the volcano. They helped hoist me up, despite my fear of falling.

This is a magic place on the planet, though incredibly subtle my movements I felt a freedom in this moment, an eternal pleasure and deep trust. 

And oh! All the many moments in between, dancing, debating, drinking coffee and talking of our dreams I mentioned above. I’ll always treasure those.

HANNA ON ROCK, STILL FROM VIDEO
HANNA ON ROCK, STILL FROM VIDEO

Please tell us about your spiritual identity 

I feel poetry best defines my spirituality,
I believe deeply in the natural world as the infinite teacher.

I am perpetually studying and learning various philosophies and beliefs, I feel like a baby of the unknown. Ultimately, I believe we are light and surrounded by light.

GLOW Video Shoot, photo Anton Cerda
GLOW Video Shoot, photo Anton Cerda

What the world needs now is?

I believe community, collaboration, constant conversation and questioning are vital. Self Study and a search for knowledge with acute curiosity.

Love, compassion and softness.

Cape in branches, photo by Hanna Katarina
Cape in branches, photo by Hanna Katarina

We need to step back into intuition and relearn everything.

Particularly that magic is real.

Hanna Katarina, photo by Anton Cerda
Hanna Katarina, photo by Anton Cerda
LEMAT, photo by @andrudonnato
LEMAT, photo by @andrudonnato

Please tell us about yourself, what you do and how would you describe yourself to someone who can not see you? 

I’m a song-writer and performer. I call myself and the band LEMAT. It has been my main artistic outlet since 2015.

I live my own world through music and art; it leads to everything else in my life. 

I’m from Mexico and I am inspired by surrealist aesthetics, rock’n’roll culture, psychedelia, cinematography, folk music and all sorts of strange, profound pop history.

I sing, play bass, guitar and piano. I’ve toured a lot. I like style and conversation. I collaborate with many artists, bands and records. I work making things happen in different cities by connecting people, co-producing concerts, festivals, tours and good times.

Through the game-changing pandemic, I enjoy working in audiovisual production, specially video editing. I’ve recently arrived to the age of 34. My actual name is Anton. I’m based in Guadalajara, Jalisco.

RAINBOW ON LEMAT, photo by @anasofiaguillenr
RAINBOW ON LEMAT, photo by @anasofiaguillenr

How did the three of you meet, is there a distinct memory, image, smell, or situation you connect with coming across each other’s work or meeting in person?

I first met Rodrigo at his short-film exhibition in Guadalajara earlier this year. He was presenting a piece called “The Revolution Will Be On Netflix”, and before the video was played, he stood in front of us to speak about his process as a film-maker.

I knew he was a true artist then, even before I saw his work. I liked the piece a lot, so I talked to him after the screening. I told him about a video project I wanted to make and he picked up the vibe I think, so we met a few days after and connected well with each other. We developed a plan to make a big production video for a song yet-to-be-released called “Become Whole”.

The next time we met, he introduced me to Hanna, to have her as art director and possibly actress for that project.

Video Still, photo by Anton Cerda
Video Still, photo by Anton Cerda

I connected with her on a more fairy-like level where we can encourage surrealism with one another at any time, and the three of us cultivated a great trust together because I feel we understand what we are all aiming for.

Then the pandemic came and they were looking for a place outside the city for quarantine, so they stayed close to me at my family’s AirBnB in Ajijic for a couple months.

This is how we ended up sort of living together making a lot of art to keep our sanity, collaborating in videos, performance and hang outs. We couldn’t shoot the video we originally meant to make because all the locations were closed during that time (so we decided to make it in 2021), but we ended up making “Glow” as our first serious art piece together.

Video Still, photo Anton Cerda
Video Still, photo Anton Cerda

With nothing much other than my song, some aesthetic ideas, Rodrigo’s cameras, vision and direction, Hanna’s hand-crafted dress which she made through those days and her performance.

Through the second half of our quarantine, Hanna and Rodrigo moved to a cabin in Cofradía de Suchitlan, Colima (right by that volcano you see in the video); I tagged along and lived with them for about a month there and had been coming back to gather with them and work in more projects every month or so ever since. 

LEMAT and Hanna, Video Shoot
LEMAT and Hanna, Video Shoot

What makes this project and collaboration in your eyes special, what is it you personally want to transport or achieve with it besides sharing your work and vision with the world? 

Making the video was a subconscious act of resistance against madness. Those days we were quite drained from being in lock down for too long and we were nearly losing ground.

Going out to film in the lake at dawn that first day, became sort of a manifesto.

We never had a script or story to be told in the video. It wanted to go out there and make scenes in the morning light before the police would come and kick us out. Being present became the core beauty of the video.

HANNA in Lake, GAVIOTAS, STILL FROM VIDEO
HANNA in Lake, GAVIOTAS, STILL FROM VIDEO

A portrait of presence; of feminine energy in contact with nature. A subtle awakening to real life. It felt genuine to go by instinct and let images flow.

The purpose of the video must have been to express the calm and elegance of the song with whispering cadences, but it communicates to me how simply being is powerful enough. It shows someone truly opening her senses to that notion of realness, arriving places without traveling, without doing.

Rodrigo and LEMAT in conversation, photo by Hanna
Rodrigo and LEMAT in conversation, photo by Hanna

Your favorite moment during the videoshoot?

I cherish many memories from filming it, but there was something special to me on the first day of shooting. I remember looking into my phone for something, then I looked up and saw Hanna entering the water (something I didn’t expect at all).

That moment humbled me. It was real and the sun was casting intense colors.

Everything looked like a dream but I felt alive and part of it.

I also felt thankful for them (Rodrigo and Hanna) being there, doing that. I may have got a similar awakening feeling weeks later, on the last day of shooting when I suddenly saw the fog dissipating to reveal there was a bloody giant volcano next to us (which I didn’t realize how close we were to it at the time).

That was real, too, but that was the earth and lava: an amazed but frightened feeling. The water scene was pure tenderness. 

LEMAT WANDER cover, Photo  by @enriqueavilezphoto
LEMAT WANDER cover, Photo by @enriqueavilezphoto

Please tell us about your spiritual identity 

I believe in naturalness, dancing, experimentation, beauty and humor. Kindness and imagination. Practicing creativity.

What the world needs now is?

I think we need to let go of the world for a moment and take a break, because it’s driving everybody nuts these days. It doesn’t help to lose your shit over the world. Best is to focus on our immediate interactions and try a little tenderness.

Also, shifting from monetarism to a well structured resource-based economy might be a good shot for humanity.

I truly believe the world will never have profound, relevant changes as long as money holds value.

I know that’s a wild thought, but I still think it’s the only conversation worth having when it comes to what the world needs as a whole.

Rodrigo Courtney, photo by Hanna Katarina
Rodrigo Courtney, photo by Hanna Katarina

Please tell us about yourself, what you do and how would you describe yourself to someone who can not see you?  

I’m Rodrigo, I’m an audiovisual artist.

I have a big black beard.  I’m learning how to heal through the art I make

and sometimes I like to call myself a Terroriste Audiovisuelle.

Rodrigo Courtney, photo by Jorge Hernández
Rodrigo Courtney, photo by Jorge Hernández

How did the three of you meet, is there a distinct memory, image, smell, or situation you connect with coming across each other’s work or meeting in person?

I met Hanna in November 2019 in Brooklyn during the shooting of a friend’s movie in which she was starring.  I was giving a workshop at the Millenium Film Workshop in NY during those days, we met briefly and then met again in Guadalajara, México in February the following year, we’ve been together since.

I saw Anton (LEMAT) playing live for the first time four years ago with another project of his (Mindhala) and I really liked his music. We formally met in Guadalajara after an art exhibition in February.  

We spent the first quarantine together in Ajijic, México and started to do some playful collaborations.

Hanna and Rodrigo, photo by @sirlemat
Hanna and Rodrigo, photo by @sirlemat

What makes this project and collaboration in your eyes special, what is it you personally want to transport or achieve with it besides sharing your work and vision with the world? 

I see Glow as a playful, simple and honest song and videoclip.  Sometimes I feel we live in a world full of lies where everything becomes an illusion and we have the power to decide in which illusion we want to live in.

 I love to create worlds out of nothing, little stories and moments that can become somehow eternal. 

Video Still, photo Anton Cerda
Video Still, photo Anton Cerda

We did this collaboration during difficult times but we realized everything inside ourselves and out there is beautiful. 

For me it’s important to note that we shoot the video against the lockdown rules and without any fear of a deadly virus floating around us, it was also a way to question and defy some of the totalitarian narratives around.

RODRIGO & HANNA BY VOLCANO - photo by @sirlemat
RODRIGO & HANNA BY VOLCANO – photo by @sirlemat

Your favorite moment during the videoshoot?

I loved the preproduction and creative process during quarantine, sitting at the table in Ajijic, near the lake, drinking coffee and sharing our thoughts about art, music and the pandemic. 

During the shooting I loved the day we shot in a valley near the Colima Volcano, a surrealistic evening with Anton and Hanna.

Shadows of LEMAT, Hanna & Rodrigo, photo by @sirlemat
Shadows of LEMAT, Hanna & Rodrigo, photo by @sirlemat

Please tell us about your spiritual identity 

I call myself a Psychonaut or a Mystic Agnostic sometimes, but I’m trying all the time not to identify myself with any set of beliefs.

 I like Gurdjieff and the Sufi schools, I’ve read some sacred books and taken a lot of sacred plants just to realize we’re all one big spiritual school of humans, learning, healing and re-learning once and again. 

Rodrigo in mist, photo Hanna Katarina
Rodrigo in mist, photo Hanna Katarina

What the world needs now is? 

Healing, consciousness and lots of Anarchy.

Special Feature: GLOW by LEMAT 1
Rodrigo & Hanna shooting inside lake, photo by Anton Cerda
Hanna and Rodrigo, photo by @sirlemat
Hanna and Rodrigo, photo by @sirlemat
Rodrigo and Hanna entering the lake, photo by @sirlemat
Rodrigo and Hanna entering the lake, photo by @sirlemat

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Special Feature: GLOW by LEMAT 2
LEMAT LATEST EP ALBUM COVER – Ensemble Of Organic Amazements Vol. I Album Cover by Katya Demidova – @somniloquydesign



LEMAT is the music of Anton Cerda, a.k.a. @sirlemat. An active musician, composer, visual artist and long-time supporter of underground arts and independent music scene. Since 2015 LEMAT has performed as a band and solo, making live shows and records with an extended artistic community and a diversity of sets that go from dada/surrealistic freak folk, rocknroll and psychedelic pop to progressive rock and experimental music. The project is currently based in Guadalajara, Mexico.
“Glow” marks the end of season for the promotion of LEMAT’s latest EP Ensemble Of Organic Amazements Vol. I, coincidentally the last track of the album. a collaborative project New music coming from LEMAT is on the way for 2021 and more from the collaboration given in this project, for the three artists Hanna-Katarina and Rodrigo Courtney remain active in producing films and art together.

VIDEO PREMIERE: December 15th, 7pm Berlin time on @coeuretart

Author: Esther Harrison