Coldplay's Incredible 'Up & Up' Video Is a Surreal Visual Feast
Vania Heymann and Gal Muggia Direct a Dreamlike Montage
May 18, 2016
Coldplay's surreal new video for the band's latest single "Up&Up" is a continuous play on perspective that presents surreal images like a volcano erupting with popcorn, racecars driving around Saturn, a baby flying on the wing of a plane and synchronized swimmers in teacups.
While its overall tone is quirky, dreamlike and playful, it also makes some serious political points, with imagery including boats overcrowded with people, a beach with a huge concrete wall blocking the sea and children in a war-torn landscape.
Heymann and Muggia commented in a statement that they were "inspired by many collage artists, past and present. Hopefully the images do the rest of the talking."