Enjoy the third and final lyric video drawn from their collaborative album, Hydrangea.
With the lyric videos for ‘ Hydrangea’s Just The Password Though, Right?’ and ‘ A Circle, A Spiral’, artist and author Holly Childs, sound artist Gediminas Žygus and artists and filmmakers Metahaven checked out the concept of “designer truths” and the cryptic political techniques utilized to produce them.
On their collective album, Hydrangea, they trace stories used to confuse, divide and manage, following characters operating within these labyrinthine spaces. Using the voices of partners Elif Özbay Marijn Degenaar and Mark Prendergast, they narrate these perspectives of instability, lost in the blurred line in between fiction and truth. Borne out of a series of immersive performances, the artists explain Hydrangea as “ a picture of our individual experience” and “an entertainment of our experience of the instability of narratives and slipping in-between various frameworks, holding different roles at the same time.”
” The Hydrangea work lies in this instability of narrative over reality and checking out that experience on a personal level, like checking in with an enjoyed one about some insane shit you’ve just been exposed to that has moved your understanding of truth”, Childs and Žygus told AQNB
Eerie spoken word is set against a fragile sonic background that draws impact from Disney string areas, Ravel’s impressionistic piano playing and, at times, both artists’ complex relationship to rave culture. This is where we find Childs & Žygus in ‘Formless’, which sees Degenaar and Prendergast speaking using phrases officially influenced by the post-structuralist works of Hélène Cixous.
” From our point of view, ‘Formless’ resembles being at a rave and/or being in bed with someone and whispering together under the bedspread,” discuss Childs & Žygus,” like a night that is a non-linear experience of being familiar with somebody you currently like though you’ve never fulfilled before.”
” Musically it is having fun with the idea of capturing peak minutes and dragging them into an infinity loop or vortex. Finding a particular minute in a track or in life, and wishing to replay it to total fatigue.”
‘ Formless’ is drawn from Hydrangea, which is out now on Subtext Recordings