Here is the video for Accident – a song that took ten years to write & a song that took twenty minutes to write.

I always wanted my friend Zia Anger to make a video for it. She did and it feels like a video that took an entire life to make <3

We wrote the following statement together about the video: 

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.

— Zia Anger and Jenny Hval

Zia Anger – Director
Corey Hughes – Cinematographer
Audrey Turner – Production Designer & H20
James Siewert – VFX
Chris Osborn – Editor
Irving Harvey – Color

Mother’s Performance by Barbara Anger