For many projects a triple LP, boasting a track spanning 19 minutes, would raise concerns about a broken editing process. For the Knife, who ended the seven-year wait for a followup to the 2006 classic Silent Shout with the news of Shaking The Habitual and its glorious nine-minute lead single “Full Of Fire,” this is just very, very good news. It’s been dubbed a short film, which at nine minutes is totally fair; thereby, it’s “A Film By Marit Östberg,” the Stockholm/Berlin-based artist who, according to the Knife, focuses “on images of queer bodies and sexualities” and “sees her work in a wider context of feminist fights and histories.” Accordingly the cast is largely female, heteronormative scenes and attire are twisted, and there are enough nipples to make it NSFW. It’s good, too. Watch it below, followed by a full director’s statement by Östberg.
The film ‘Full of Fire’ started to grow as an embryo in the song´s lines ‘Who looks after my story’. Who takes care of our stories when the big history, written by straight rich white men, erase the complexity of human´s lives, desires and conditions? The film ‘Full of Fire’ consists of a network of fates, fears, cravings, longings, losses, and promises. Fates that at first sight seem isolated from each other, but if we pay attention, we can see that everything essentially moves into each other. Our lives are intertwined and our eyes on each other, our sounds and smells, mean something. Our actions create reality, we create each other. We are never faceless, not even in the most grey anonymous streets of the city. We will never stop being responsible, being extensions, of one another. We will never stop longing for each other, and for something else.
Shaking The Habitual is out 4/9 via Mute.