VIDEO PREMIERE: OBJECT AS SUBJECT “WEAPONRY”
Paris Hurley’s uncompromising agit-art-punk outfit Object As Subject has a new video for “WEAPONRY,” a particularly relentless track from OAS’s recent PERMISSION album) that was built from an indestructible bass riff and a Pop Group-style sense for rhythm and dissonance (and dissidence, too). Set in a desolate desert wasteland, the video—directed by the band’s Megan Fowler-Hurst with cinematography by Margaret Vance—showcases the power of women coming together, vividly represented through choreography by Fowler-Hurst and Hurley in collaboration with Aisha Shauntel Bardge, Emilia Richeson and Stella Aryan. It was made for women by women, says Hurley:
“‘WEAPONRY’ is an exploration of states of anger. This work is about women, made entirely by women. Director and OAS band member, Megan Fowler-Hurst, and I created the choreography from a collection of words like ‘gather’, ‘starving,’ ‘devour,’ and ropes,’ picking up where our last video, ‘REMOVAL‘, left off: women gathered together, supporting each other in their vastly resilient individual and collective power. ‘WEAPONRY’ is a destruction of the misogynistic myth that women expressing their anger is something to be brushed off, cast aside, demeaned, minimized, and silenced.
We are not hysterical; we are powerful advocates.
We are not too aggressive; we have strong boundaries that serve + protect us.
We are not irrational; we are connected to ourselves + our feelings.
We are not shrill; we are exhausted + continuing on.
This work is a call to turn inward and ask: Who gets to be mad? Who gets to be believed? Who gets to be taken seriously? Who gets erased? What do you turn away from? Who do you listen to? Who do you show up for?”