By clarencecarter | REVERSEBLOG: the reverse shot blog May 10, 2007 at 7:48AM
I’m falling a bit behind on regular Björk video posting, so a quick one for this morning featuring the three videos from her oft-maligned Vespertine: “Hidden Place,” “Pagan Poetry,” and “Cocoon.” These all roughly fall into that category of “malleable Björk” clips: Inez+Vinoodh & M/M Paris’s “Hidden Place” is built around extreme close-ups of the singer’s face as digital gummi worms slide in and out of her mouth, eyes and nostrils; Nick Knight’s notorious “Pagan Poetry” clip raised prurient interest across the web with his vision of a topless and pierced Björk; and Eiko Ishioka’s kinda creepy “Cocoon” (extra negative points for being about sex with Matthew Barney) has our girl in a white bodysuit playfully coaxing red ribbons out of her nipples which gradually envelope her. Appropriately enough for her most overtly personal record, all three push the focus back on Björk in a very direct way (each feature her alone and in some state of undress), but even in a Chinese box contraption like Michel Gondry’s “Bachelorette,” was the focus ever really off of her?
As a group, the three represent an interesting study but the only one that truly stands on its own merits, even if she seems revitalized in her performances here, is “Pagan Poetry”—and only then through some nifty graphics work that finds Björk morphed from the photoreal into an Alexander Calder wire mobile and back again.
Need to go pick myself up a copy of Volta…