Jesse Nemeth's Beautiful Chaos for Amazon
To celebrate ‘Mozart in the Jungle’s’ recent win of Two Golden Globes, Amazon teamed up with prop and set designer Jesse Nemeth on a shoot that brought together the major themes of the show into a visual metaphor that would tell the story in a single composition. In the show, a new composer with big ideas comes into an established symphony and changes the way the musicians work together. Sometimes a new guy has to come in and complicate the ideas of the establishment (kind of how Amazon is disrupting traditional television models). The story teaches us the beauty of a fine mess, and how being agile can shift our world view, making everything more beautiful for what we learn on the other side of discomfort. Jesse dug into these themes for his little bit of chaos.
The design features the show’s star, Gael Garcia Bernal, in repose against a collection of wooden chairs that are traditionally used for orchestral musicians to use during performances. They’re arranged as a pile on top of sheet music that has been spread all over the floor, as if thrown there in the combustion of a frenzied genius. Above it all is an antique loveseat relaxing itself onto the pile and showing its age. These objects are normally tidily arranged in an idea of respect for tradition, but with Jesse’s arrangement we see a new beauty in them, where angles and a disruption of expectation give us more than we anticipated. Jesse proves that if we allow ourselves to see things from another angle we might find more in them than what we were looking for.