Two out of the five videos we've chosen this week are space-related, so this one goes out to Stephen Hawking. Stephen Hawking and maybe Brian Cox. But definitely Stephen Hawking. Every week is dedicated to Stephen Hawking.


5. Holly Herndon - 'Morning Sun' (dir. John Merizalde and Mat Dryhurst)

The video, from directors John Merizalde and Mat Dryhurst (a regular collaborator of Herndon's), finds Herndon adorned in a space suit on an isolated planet (really, the desert). Her suit's internal communications leave messages of mysterious "love," as if from her over-seers on her mission. It ends, desolate, reading plaintively; "May it be more humane and fair than the world your governments have made before."



4. Little Boots - 'Better in the Morning' (dir. Nova Dando)

With tons of instantly gif-able moments, she pulls herself together after a crazy night out, rocking a handful of different styles set against a background similar to the album's cover.



3. Blur - 'Ong Ong' (dir. Tony Hung)

Directed by Tony Hung, the video sees the band dressed as ice creams, bugs and monsters courtesy of some Power Rangers-worthy costumes. But that's not all: the video also features scenes from a fictional platform game that sees 'Mr. Ok' jumping and collecting collectibles on the way to save 'Ms. Ok'.



2. Dream Koala - 'Earth' (dir. FABULOUS)

The video suitably depicts a destroyed Earth – by whom or what is unknown, maybe it was us – and some faster-than-light travel that sees a lone spacecraft and its pilot zoom around the solar system, with a particularly exceptional shot of it blasting through Saturn's rings. All of it, of course, is soundtracked perfectly by the urgency and smooth, future-facing sounds of the track itself.



1. Braids - 'Miniskirt' (dir. Kevan Funk)

Director Kevan Funk explained the ideas behind the video: "I'd been a huge fan of Braids long before I was lucky enough to be a collaborator, an element that made this video special from the outset. They came to me with a handful of very precise visual ideas that they had in mind, which in turn became my jumping off point to shape the rest of the video. I remember the first time I heard the song, I was simply kind of awestruck by the gravitational power that it seemed to [be] imbued with and its bold, incendiary beauty. It's a rare sort of source material to get the opportunity to work with. I wanted to create something that could compliment the track as opposed to trying to compete with its power. When thinking about the song and its content, I began very interested in the idea of commodification and control of femininity in a patriarchal societal construct, and liberation from that restraint. A central consideration that emerged from that was a historical relationship to nature, in terms of the patriarchal and imperial societal impulse to control, conform and dominate. That dynamic and the song's authorial resistance to that entitlement is what ultimately formed the thematic core of the video."