Remember that strange manga outfit on Kirsten Dunst a while back? And remember we said it was for some kind of shooting? Well, it turns out if was for a music video!
With Takashi Murakami, Kirsten’s “Akihabara Majokko Princess” video is actually sung by her! This is meant as an art project for the Tate Museum in London Pop Life: Art in a Material World. Commissioned to Charlie’s Angels director, McG, the video story is a colorful, lifefull Lost in Translation vision. (hit the jump for more demystification)
Kirsten impersonates a magical girl character, something often seen in manga and anime stories bringing magic and music in the Akihabara district. The Akihabara district, they say, has a Japanese distinctiveness, independently growing in style and inspiration away from any other cultural interference. Choosing Kirsten to play that magical princess is supposed to morally, ideologically contrast with the very Akihabara free spirit.
If they did or did not succeed in demonstrating the artsyness in a material world with Kristen Dunst dressed like an anime singing like an amateur in a video (which would have just as well been done by an aspiring director, you wouldn’t have told the difference. Except maybe an aspiring director would have made some real artistic efforts!) you have to tell me. For now, I only conclude that this comes to queue up in a long strain of pretended art. Just because they label it so, doesn’t automatically make it museum-worthy! (Ellington, a hand, please?) (via)