Jenny Hval has shared a video for “Accident,” a new song from her upcoming album The Practice of Love. The stunning clip was directed by Zia Anger and finds the frequent collaborators “video [chatting] on the topic of childlessness, considering their own ambivalence about motherhood and the curiosity of having been born at all.” It also stars Anger’s mother. Check it out below along with the pair’s statement on its creation.
Zia Anger and Jenny Hval:
With the release of this video we planned on publishing a dialogue between the two of us. Something that spoke about the kind of work we are doing, and that also referenced the theme of the video - the pairing of production and reproduction.
It’s a given that the product of some artistic work is worthless. You are therefore expected to 'mother' it instead of working and being compensated for it. And sometimes this is the best kind of work. Because it doesn’t feel valuable. Because not everybody will like it, or understand it. Because it won’t immediately be sucked up into the capitalist scroll. It has time and space to be conceived of, to sit in utero, to be birthed, to have its umbilical cord cut, and to live, to breathe.
The same is true of our collaboration. We are both seen and heard by each other, and often validated by our responses to each other. However big (with a video) or small (with an email.) Our collaboration validates each other’s right to breathe, to live, to speak. It's the closest we get to magic.
This dialogue however, felt rushed. We will publish it at a later date. Until then.
Originally Appeared on Pitchfork