JENNY HVAL: Blood Bitch
Radio station: SWR
Venue/s of the event: E-WERK Freiburg
_ Jenny Hval
audio stream: Art’s Birthday
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Blood Bitch is an investigation of blood. Blood that is shed naturally. The purest and most powerful, yet most trivial, and most terrifying blood: Menstruation. Blood Bitch is also a fictitious story, fed by characters and images from horror and exploitation films of the ’70s. With that language, rather than smart, modern social commentary, I found I could tell a different story about myself and my own time: a poetic diary of modern transience and transcendence.
Multidisciplinary and transgressive are words often employed to describe her art, but Jenny Hval’s polyphonic artistry is in fact seamlessly interwoven between musical, literary, visual and performative modes of expression. Her artistic voice is altogether present, accessible and obscurely complex at the same time. Hval released her first two albums under the alias Rockettothesky. She has since recorded four albums under her own name. She made her debut as a writer with the novel Perlebryggeriet in 2009. She has worked on a number of collaborations, sound pieces, compositions, productions and performances. She recently released her new solo album Blood Bitch, co-produced by noise artist Lasse Marhaug and herself.