We’re excited to announce the exclusive US premiere of Billie Van’s music video for her new single, “Bitter”. This is the second part in a series of collaborations between the Norwegian pop musician and video director Emilie Norenberg. The joyfully retro visuals continue here—enhanced by the use of 16mm film—exploring a dancing biker gang and a revenge fantasy centered around the time and emotional energy that Billie’s character wasted on her ex. Norenberg’s eye for striking visual set pieces is apparent in the introduction of the bikers and ensuing fight, all while telling a complete story of this woman’s emotional catharsis through confrontation, injected with a quirky sense of humor. Watching this woman feel good about herself again, after years of isolating emotional distance between herself and those around her, is a wonderful message of empowerment. We can’t wait to see what comes next in this unique, collaborative series.
In the making of DRØME we hope to showcase a community of doers and nourish an attitude of empathy in a world that teaches us to pass judgment rather than practice kindness. The stories, images, and people shared in this magazine are an amalgamation of perspectives often overlooked or explicitly excluded from art and media worlds. The dearth of diverse identities and viewpoints within the arts is harrowing, especially for a young generation that is fighting its hardest to overcome conservative notions of order ultimately practiced as acts of discrimination against the very people and things we find most inspiring. In DRØME, the featured creators and creations encourage us to never shy away from who we are and what we want. Each artist, in sharing their story, embodies their own definition of agency. Against a mainstream ideology that indoctrinates patriarchal, capitalist, and hateful theories turned into policy, the artists in our first issue represent the ways in which art can take power back from society's denigrating control.