innocence is kinky (2012)

Innocence is kinky is a 25 minute long sound and light installation. The light design is created by Kyrre Heldal Karlsen, in cooperation with Jenny Hval.

As part of the Øya music festival autumn 2011, Jenny Hval performed a silent movie concert in Oslo. Her own music accompanied the film La passion de Jeanne d’Arc (the Danish director Carl Theodor Dreyer’s portrait of Jeanne d’Arc that dates from 1928). The public performance rights weren’t obtained until the end of July, so she eventually had to compose and rehearse the score in merely three weeks.

When Henie Onstad Art Centre approached Hval in 2011 to commission a site-specific sound installation, she decided to follow the thread she had started in the work of hastiness. During intense work periods in March and April of 2012, Hval worked at Høvikodden both to record sound and vocals, and to produce text. The work expanded in parallel directions, becoming a book, a record and the sound and light installation Innocence is kinky that opens July 3rd at Høvikodden. During this process she also expanded the range of materials that were to define the basis of the work. Le passion de Jeanne d’Arc works primarily as a close study of Jeanne d’Arc’s face. Innocence is kinky continues this study, but at the same time it allows the film to be interrupted by other films, other faces: an overexposed Paris Hilton in night vision, Nancy from a Nightmare on Elm Street laying in a bathtub, reeking with fear, the notable nihilist-porn pioneer Sasha Grey, Mia in Fish Tank running away in her jaded armour, Inger dying in childbirth in Ordet (The Word) and people from the reality show Paradise Hotel. All in all as a string of pearls constituting what Hval herself refers to as white trash of Orléans.

The artwork is a part of the ”Kunstgave”-project, a donation to Henie Onstad Art Centre from the DnB NOR Savings Bank Foundation.