Pelacur Muzik (Musical Prostitute)
2023 | 15 mins 51 secs | 1080 x 1920 | Stereo | Color | Bahasa & English with English subtitles
Pelacur Muzik (PM) is a sing-along video essay about singer-songwriter Suiko Takahara (Taka) of The Venopian Solitude. More specifically about a song she wrote and recorded over 2-days in a state of gleeful frenzy titled PM (Musical Whore).
PM is also the main track in Taka’s recent album Hikayat Gundik Berirama (Chronicles of the Musical Concubine). An epic concept album about the rise and fall of a musical prodigy. Obviously not a self-portrait of Taka, nudge-nudge, wink-wink.
This video is a playful exposition about the intersection between art and commerce. PM adopts a vertical 9:16 format and is visually inspired by the omnipresent smartphone and all its trappings. The all-knowing black mirror in our age of perpetual connectivity.
PM is the 4th video essay from MAW, a long term video essay project on Malaysian artists.
Other video essays from MAW
Extended conversations with Taka
These audio clips are from a series of recorded conversations with Takahara Suiko from April 2016 to April 2017.