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  • 08.07.12

Antony and the Johnsons And Marina Abramovic Explore Workplace Angst In Bloody New Video

You probably wouldn’t think a song entitled “Cut the World” could be rendered so literal in its music video. And yet.

Antony and the Johnsons And Marina Abramovic Explore Workplace Angst In Bloody New Video

Antony and the Johnsons have made a career out of collaborating with high-profile musicians who aren’t afraid to get weird, including composer Phillip Glass and space goddess Bjork.

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For his latest video, however, Antony Hegarty has extended his reach beyond music to find similarly adventurous peers in the worlds of film and art: Willem Dafoe and Marina Abramović, respectively.

Directed by photographer and video artist Nabil Elderkin, “Cut the World” takes place within an office setting of a world gone mad—although it could almost as easily just be ours. The video opens with a well-dressed, craggy-faced Dafoe staring out the window of a high-rise in what one would assume is a contemplative reverie. This act soon proves contagious when his colleague (Carice van Houten) does the same thing. Ultimately, though, it turns out she has a lot more on her mind.

“Cut the World” is the title track of Antony and the Johnsons’ live album, which is out in stores on August 7. The previously unreleased song was originally written for the opera The Life and Death of Marina Abramović, a tribute to the renowned performance artist. (Willem Dafoe also appeared in Life and Death.) Although Abramović is only onscreen briefly, she gives van Houten’s character the kind of look that could make someone cry.

About the author

Joe Berkowitz is a writer and staff editor at Fast Company. His next book, Away with Words, is available June 13th from Harper Perennial.

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