Art & Design Hoch, Dali, de Salvia Luca de Salvia TEXT LEAH TASSINARI Surrealism is destructive, but it destroys only what it considers to be shackles limiting our vision.-Salvador Dali Deh deh deehhhhhhhhh. Vrrrrmmmmmmm. Clink, clink, clink, clink. Clunk. Blub, blub. Close your eyes. The instrumen-tal jour-ney of Sinfonia Digitale is an enticing, disorienting, and clever symphony as colorful as the accompanying images. If you’re not careful, the conglomeration of chords in this fashion short film will take you on a trip down the rabbit hole. “I am terrified of drugs,” imparts filmmaker visionary, Luca de Salvia. “Growing up in the late 70s, 80s in Italy I have seen many people whose lives have been totally wrecked by heroine. However, things that don’t make sense, random connections, and free associations fascinate me, I am more interested in feel-ings than explanations. I suppose this makes me a ‘surrealist’ or a ‘Dadaist’ but I don’t like labels.” And who does, these days? If one compares the similarities between the films of de Salvia and surrealist Luis Buñuel, or considers the Dadaist collages of Hannah Hoch, de Salvia’s supposition of Surrealist and Dada-30 ist tendencies makes sense. However, in his latest short film, “Sinfonia Digitale,” there is an almost comical use of colors and music that sets the film apart from any precedents. The whimsi-cal combination of astrological patterns and fanciful frocks and accessories from Alessandro Michele’s Gucci recalls Disney’s 1940 masterpiece, Fantasia, but y’know, the adult version. This is not entirely shocking, considering Walt Disney actually had a personal correspondence with surrealist Salvador Dali. Just as we were enchanted by inanimate objects being brought to life in Fantasia as children, we are now entranced and aroused by seemingly mundane items a Jell -o mold, for example -that have been injected with sex appeal. “Sinfonia Digitale” is a contender in this year’s La Jolla In-ternational Fashion Film Festival, and is what de Salvia calls a “personal tribute” to the genius behind all of Gucci’s collections and image since 2015, Alessandro Michele. Fashion is often con-sidered a materialistic and frivolous art, but the effects it has on a deeper level can be profound. Michele’s work, for example, restored de Salvia’s faith in his own creative visions at a time.