In 2013, Arca was busy. The extremely left-field producer worked heavily on both Kanye West's Yeezus and FKA Twigs' EP, plus his own mixtape, &&&&&--a cacophony of forward-thinking beats and, well, sounds that blew many peoples' minds all over their faces.
Visual artist and director, Jesse Kanda, is equally out-there, and his work with Arca has yielded some reality-bending collaborations, such as the "Water Me" video for Twigs (where she gets mutated into a cross between cartoon and human), which The Creators Project called one of our favorite music videos of the year.
The two artists also took over MoMA PS1's VW Dome during one of the museum's Sunday Sessions events, which was equal parts weird and mesmerizing due to how foreign the sounds and visuals were. Their work is so unique that it's confusing--you can feel your brain turning while processing this odd creativity.
Yesterday, they both unveiled a new collaboration for clothing brand SSENSE called "Fluid Silhouettes," a video piece in which genderless bodies mutate and shift into "abstract translations of key men's and womenswear silhouettes." SSENSE explained that this work captures its upcoming collection's "forward-looking take on adrogyny." Whether the clothes are actually forward-looking remains to be seen, but it's undeniable that Arca and Jesse Kanda are taking the fashion video somewhere new. Arca and Kanda bring the avant-garde into mass culture with this brand collaboration (not dissimilar to Yeezus), and we'll undoubtedly keep an eye on their future work. Watch the clip above and embrace the perplexity.