I’m very proud to present to you my new video for The Great Undressing, which is actually a short film that was given to me by the amazing Norwegian director Marie Kristiansen. I can’t even begin to express my gratitude. Thanks to everyone who took part in this moving, daring film.
The video is spreading like fire on the internet, which I didn’t know about until last night. The selling point seems to be “see this before it’s taken down!” Perhaps because there is a form of nudity in the film. It may, with my song to accompany it, be a wonderful expression of political and personal sadness. It portrays a very casual and innocent and non-sexualised body image that existed in Scandinavia when I was growing up, but this casual nudity is being thrown into present day symbols. Where everything nude, regardless of the nature or meaning of the body, is sexualised. Where algorithms decide for us what is Not Safe For Work.
I’m thinking “NOT SAFE”? NOT SAFE IS HOW ART EXISTS. NOT SAFE FOR WORK IS THE WORK.
I’m still thinking about the fire in Oakland that happened in December every day, and I’m thinking – here we are, labelling anything NSFW, without thinking or analysing what the actual content is. While so many artists (and so many people, marginalised for capitalist reasons) and their expressions exist so far from an actual safe spaces.
I was speaking with Lasse Marhaug, who produced Blood Bitch with me, about this yesterday and he suggested a better slogan: NSFC. That’s a more meaningful tag. So I stole it from him and tweeted it: Not Safe For Capitalism.