Asia Argento Is described as "the most polyhedric Italian artist" because she'll do anything, which is why we love her. As her press release notes, she's an "actress, director, screen-writer, writer, singer, DJ, photographer, etc."
Other gems I just learned from this document: Her first punk band was called Kids Sparkle Fun, she had an amazing radio show in Italy, which you can still listen to, and she "had a very intense artistic exchange with the leader of The Brian Jonestown Massacre's Anton Newcombe, with whom she just completed recording four new tracks."
Her best work comes from collaboration. The music video for "Sexdrome" (above)—a song from her forthcoming album, Entropy (release date August 6th), was directed by multimedia artist Systaime. "Sexdrome" is an homage to Gaspar Noé, and that's easy to tell immediately. It's a darkly beautiful VHS-recorded montage of strippers at what looks like a peep show, Argento's face, the bright lights of the night life, and the burned-out flashes of an overdose.
Our favorite pieces from Ms. Argento's prolific career are incredibly dark, and at the same time endearingly melodramatic. These include Marilyn Manson's "(s)AINT" music video (in the slideshow above) the feature-length in which she co-starred, The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things (trailer in the slideshow, too), and Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette, in which she plays Comtesse du Barry.
Probably all of the above vids are bordering NSFW, but here are a couple other moments starring the daughter of director Dario that are much less so, on our sister site vmagazine.com
The Look: Asia Argento flips the bird
Premiere Video: Ermanno Scervino's F/W '13 campaign