New Orleans-based multi-disciplinary artist Lucia Honey's musical project Oblivia constantly pieces together the spectacular highs and harrowing lows of modern queer life. In Oblivia's 23-minute noise opera, The Bottom, the artist wanted to evoke the "lowest point in a valley of emotion." Shot in Las Vegas, the long-form music video captures Sin City's inherent weirdness.
"I wanted to create a dark-spiraling spectacle of my night: queer and self-loathing in Las Vegas as it were," explains the artist. "I got drunk and let my body fluidly respond to the Vegas Strip and its people through performance and movement." Bridging Oblivia's 2017 album Martyr Complex and upcoming release Suburban Legend, the artist created a new noise track, "I'm Like Dropping Hints That I'm Violently Disintegrating" for the video. "I wanted to capture my memories of this experience through sound and that is what came out."
Like most of Honey's work, The Bottom investigates the dissonance between humanity and technology, and how as time marches forward the two have become irrevocably entwined. "The lyrics become inaudible and my voice mimics the sound of a heavy emotional guitar feedback, lost in translation, but still evoking the idea of a person."
'The Bottom' was created in collaboration with queer pornmaker Damien Moreau, Sarrah Danziger (Hurray for the Riff Raff videomaker) and photographer Chris Berntsen.