“I’ve always hated acting”…Murder she wrote…These are the type of statements actors make when they don’t get any more roles, or when they don’t get a breakthrough in the industry… or may be not, i don’t know. Rose McGowan said this, as she released her first video, for RM486. I was curious as to why she chose this particular title. The beginning of the clip starts with her reciting from the Blade Runner bible. It’s Roy Batty’s sudden and striking existential understanding and appreciation of how utterly fleeting and transitory life is:
I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched c-beams glitter in the dark near Tannhäuser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time… like tears in rain. Time… to die.
There is an entire world of images and feelings in those words. Does Rose feel empathy? Is she a femme-bot? Rose McGowan model 486 perhaps? Who cares? With RM486, Rose McGowan pulls a Björk-meets-FKA twigs moment, with a touch of Blade Runner, Fever Ray caviar and Kobe beef á la Matthew Barney.
She’s been pranking the public for years with some of her music, but she’s decided to do it for real now and even use her own name. RM486 is the result and by the looks of it, it has led her inexorably here:
“All five characters in the video are versions of me. All are pieces that make up my whole – an artist, a public figure, and most importantly, as a person. I’m pushing back at the idea of what I am supposed to be, I want to expose people to art in a real way, and I want to change the idea of what beauty is. There is true power in art and true power in we who believe in it.”
RM486 is a collaboration between Rose McGowan and WhoYouAre, directed by Jonas Åkerlund with fashion direction by B. Åkerlund. Music and production created by Punishment. Lyrics by Rose McGowan.