It’s just Grimes and a green screen for her latest “You’ll Miss Me When I’m Not Around” video, released Wednesday (April 1), because she wants fans to fill it in.
Aside from her embroidered costume to complete her sci-fi Miss Anthropocene look, she ditched her usual CGI theatrics because of her pregnancy. But she mentioned in the YouTube video’s bio that it shouldn’t stop other visual artists from getting creative.
“Because we’re all in lockdown we thought if people are bored and wanna learn new things, we could release the raw components of one of these for anyone who wants to try making stuff using our footage,” Grimes wrote along with a WeTransfer link that contains the green-screen footage, audio stems of the song, the single’s artwork and other DIY-friendly visual tools.
Grimes recalled that messing around in post for her “Delete Forever” music video opened her eyes to the endless variations of the video. So the 32-year-old electro-pop artist created four more green-screen lyric video templates to use as visuals for the album even if her creative team isn’t at the helm. Considering “Grimes grew up on bootleg sampling and DIY creation,” according to a press statement, it’s no surprise she’s calling on creators from every corner of the Internet to contribute their own “You’ll Miss Me When I’m Not Around” music videos.
“Anyway we were inspired by all the amazing art that gets sent our way, So hoping some of these things are of use when the days are long and lonely,” Grimes wrote under the unedited clip.
Creators can post their versions of the music video on YouTube and share a link on Twitter using #grimesartkit for a chance to have Grimes repost them on her social media accounts.
Watch the super-raw cut of “You’ll Miss Me When I’m Not Around” below.