Actually Huizenga is an artist pursuing a career in directing, acting and music. She is currently editing her next short film, “The Art Of Eating,” and screening her new film “Heavenly Sin” in America and Europe.
We talked with her about her new video ”I’m on Fire Actually” which she is releasing today.
You’re releasing your new video ’I’m on Fire Actually’ today. Can you tell us more about it?
I am very glad you appreciate my tribute to the “I’m on Fire” song and video by the Bruce Springsteen.
I began the video by mimicking the exact shots of the intro of Bruce’s video version. Even the dialogue is the same as in the original, but of course in mine, the provocateur is speaking in Greek, not Americanized English (which is one of The Boss’s trademarks).Once the song starts, the video obviously goes into a slightly different direction but it still addresses the longing of fantasy and the romance of the eye – reality versus hungry dreaming.Actually Huizenga a.k.a. Viking Angel, tell us a funny story about one of your shows.
Thank you for calling me Viking Angel. I’m very flattered to be referred to as one of my characters; one of my dichotomous ideals.
As for shows, they are always funny. I rather enjoyed one witch-burning themed show I did at a strip club called Cheetahs a couple of summers ago.
I was tied to the stripper pole as some hooded creatures placed wood at my feet. There was supposed to be epic fog machine smoke and some fans with plastic red and orange filter flames. That didn’t exactly come across, but it’s all about the play, as Shakespeare says.
Anyhow, I was singing and got myself loose (the more pain the better, because it makes it look real), then proceeded to make a lemur-like leap into the middle of the stage, henceforth slipping on the fog juice (which instead of causing fog, made a semen-like puddle).
I fell hard in a flutter of colonial lace, striking my head on the edge of the stage. I of course got up, pretending I did it on purpose, but when I tried to sing, I sang different lyrics, barely remembering an extremely familiar song (“Predator Romantic”).
I had given myself a concussion.
Luckily the after party went til 8 am so I didn’t got to sleep. I’m not sure if it’s true, but I think you are supposed to try and stay awake for a day?
Oh….I just googled it and I guess it’s not true, but anyhow.
I love over-exhaustion and pushing myself to the limit, but I do realize I should take more precautions when fog juice, high heels, witches and sharp edges are involved.
Let’s talk about your visual universe: anthropomorphous beings, Cicciolina, vampires, ballet, it’s a very pop-punk imagery. Where does this all come from?
They all drip with anthropomorphism, legends and myths. I like to think that so called “divinity” is in everything. And of course I love furries and deviant art in which non human beings take on human traits, and of course end up in porn.
But the term anthropomorphic I think usually is associated most with polytheistic religions like in Ancient Greece. Truly those tales are much more fun than the Bible, and the symbols are just so beautiful and have so many layers of meaning. I especially enjoy these supernatural legends because they are like rated R fairy tales: fathers eating children, having a guy tied to a rock to have his eyes pecked out by birds for eternity – the list goes on.
All religions are interesting to me mostly because of the brutality and torture and the way these fantasies become psycho truths of tyrannical conformist groups, using ideas written down to explain murder, genocide and oppression. If Jesus was real, I think he would be quite horrified by the religious cult that claims to praise him.
I’m also really into saints and the different ways in which they are martyred, and how martyrdom is what they are famous for.
I think all religions start with a pure idea, but then get transformed into….well, hate really. I’m just experimenting with symbols to try and understand why highly evolved animals tend to lean so intensely towards violence and cruelty. I have never struck another person but I do have fetishes in which I enjoy being enslaved- why is this? What does it mean? Is it my nature to be prey?
“I’m on Fire” is also a promo for your new ’vampire’ film which you are editing right now, could you tell us more about the project?
I literally just finished editing the film and will be working on the soundtrack next week, called “The Art of Eating”.
I plan on shooting part two in the summer and hopefully releasing the first part before that. I don’t want to give too much away, but I am using this film as a way to question the idea of martyrdom and self realization – trying to figure out who you are without all the stains of stories which may or may not relate to you or even be true.
Last year you published a coloring book with The Art Markets with your song lyrics, how did you find all the artists that contributed to the issue?
Many were my friends, and some I found through Instagram. I wanted the coloring book to be square not only because it would look like a record but also because of the square format of Instagram – that beast.
Are you on Instagram? Where can we find you?
@ActuallyHuizenga and my website is: www.actuallyactually.com
Interview by Ingrid Melano