Björk’s 2017 release, Utopia, opens with an epic song called “Arisen My Senses,” and just yesterday we were treated to a video for it. Jesse Kanda — the visual artist responsible for the Utopia album art — created the clip, and it features an appearance from Björk’s co-producer Arca. It’s unusual for Björk to showcase another protagonist in her videos; like her album art, Björk visuals are generally an act of self-portraiture, though there are certainly exceptions. Some fans were displeased to see Arca take on such a prominent role in the “Arisen My Senses” video and Arca responded to criticism on Twitter.
so many comments from ppl saying i should stay away from björk, ruined the arisen video by appearing or whatever .. when i’ve clicked thru to ur profiles i’ve only found faces that look sweet, soft body language and tender eyed selfies! to you: i send a soft kiss back ✨🐾 rly
— Arca (@arca1000000) December 18, 2017
Björk replied to Arca’s message later, referencing the video she made for “Declare Independence” back in 2008 that featured an appearance from Mark Bell, who co-wrote the song. Read her message to fans below.
— björk (@bjork) December 18, 2017