Arca is back with a music video for "Incendio" off of her 2021 KicK iii album. The self-directed visual includes unmanipulated footage from “Mutant;Destrudo,” the artist's four-night performance series at the Park Avenue Armory in New York City.
In it, Arca wears a device that's wired to her head. She first rests and looks at the camera solemnly, breathing deeply before the song starts. When it does, lights begin to flash and her face begins to distort. The technology was created by Japanese artist and software developer Daito Manabe, who created the device to transmit music signals into electrical signals, therefore actually shocking her face.
“Through myoelectric sensors attached to Arca’s face, we can use technology to intricately, and at times violently, control and transform her expressions,” Manabe said in press materials. "Despite these technological constraints, Arca delivers a powerful performance, offering herself as a vessel, happily enjoying the pleasure and the pain of each rhythmic shock."
Watch "Incendio" below.