Watch a New Video from Arca & Jesse Kanda
- Words: Patric Fallon
Hotly tipped Brooklyn-based producer Arca is still riding high off the release of his formidable &&&&& mixtape, a genre-smashing musical statement which he also dropped on limited-edition vinyl, as well as production credits with the likes of FKA Twigs and Kanye West. Late last year, he followed up that streak of quality work with an A/V exhibit at New York's MOMA PS1, featuring a collaborative film created with London artist Jesse Kanda. Called TRAUMA, the piece is said to present "a nonlinear narrative about the death of a salaryman and a drunk driving infant, and takes place within a subconscious world," with Arca providing the uncanny soundtrack. The film's two creators have announced that they'll be showing their work in galleries around the world throughout 2014, but have preempted those exhibits by sharing the first scene of TRAUMA online.
As the video's description states, the clip features "a trio of disfigured children locked in synchronized dance, celebrating their inner and outer beauty in the limelight," all of which is done while the crushing "Knot" from Arca's &&&&& sets the foreboding tone. The video—which could very well owe a thing or two to Chris Cunningham's penchant for disfigured bodies and unnerving soundscapes—can be watched in full in the player below.
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