At first glance, this video is a huge assemblage of clichés; people into body-modification and ambient, post-something music holding performance art shows—which involve blood and leather gas masks—in an old slaughterhouse. It sounds like the pitch for a Marilyn Manson video. Delve a little further, though, and you’ll find it a surprisingly raw and beautiful look into the creative pursuits of two kindred spirits who were lucky enough to find each other.
KalistäcK is the stage name of duo Lady Pain and Cha Blasco, two Barcelona-based artists who combine their skills and passions (his for progressive, synth-based music and hers for suspension and flouting) in confronting and challenging performances. Director Paulo Pinto went along to one of their shows and captured the preparation (which involves piercing Lady Pain’s's back with thick hooks, from which her body weight will hang) and the show itself, which channels elements of burlesque and bondage in an engrossing, mind-bending way.
Needless to say, if you’re a little squeamish, this might not be for you.