Soul Science Lab new song investigates police brutality from the victim’s perspective, while celebrating the beauty of community and culture. It’s an immersive process that fuses music, visual art video and technology. Featured on their album Plan for Paradise, “I Can’t Breathe” is a 360-music video that investigates the injustice of police brutality.
Inspired by the killings of Alton Sterling and Eric Garner, the video offers an immersive, first-person view into these tragic experiences from the victim’s perspective, and is a powerful expression of the sentiment of being stifled and suffocated as a person of color in the U.S. and across the African-diaspora worldwide. The phrase itself is well-known around the world as connected to the tragic killing of Eric Garner in 2014, as his last words — but really, it’s the sentiment, the feeling, of the people. It expresses the feeling of being stifled, boxed up and suffocated as a person of color in the U.S., specifically, but across the African-diaspora around the world.
“I Can’t Breathe is a 360-music video that investigates the injustice of police brutality, while celebrating the beauty of community and culture. It’s based on telling the stories of victims of police violence in the US, specifically focusing on the killings of Alton Sterling and Eric Garner. There’s no way we can know what they felt, but the video offers a 360 view of that encounter was like. This video is our attempt to give a very limited perspective on a victim’s tragic experience. It is our goal to use using music and technology to facilitate empathy and understanding about very tragic events.” – Chen Lo