5 Questions: Artist Nina Hynes

Looking For You | © Nina Hynes

Artist and songwriter Nina Hynes talks with Esthetic Lens about what she has been up to lately in another installment of 5 Questions.


1. What’s been keeping you up at night?

Lyrics, melodies and film ideas, lack of hugs, being switched on.


Looking For You | Photo credit: Patrick Tichy


2. What’s the coolest thing you’ve seen or heard lately?

When my son sprained his ankle and came to school late the next day, his friend heard us in the hallway of the school and came out of class to ask if he should look after him(take care) that day.I thought that was really cool. Big hearted empathy from a 7 year old.


Looking For You | Photo credit: Friends With Mountains | © Nina Hynes


Looking For You | Photo credit: Friends With Mountains | © Nina Hynes

Looking For You | Photo credit: Friends With Mountains | © Nina Hynes


3. What’s the most exciting thing you’re working on right now?

‘Beyond Binaries’, by fake anna- a musical duo live show, film and choreography with Frank Willens who stars in this video.


Looking For You | Photo credit: Friends With Mountains | © Nina Hynes


4. If you could add anyone, alive or dead to your team, who would it be?

LaSaia Wade, Michel Gondry, Kendrick Lamar, Charlie Kaufman, Machine Dazzle, Tonika Johnson, Tilda Swinton.


Looking For You | Photo credit: Friends With Mountains | © Nina Hynes


5. When the movie of your life is made, what will it be called?

Pi is dead and the glow is alive.


Looking For You | Photo credit: Patrick Tichy


Photo credit: Patrick Tichy


‘Looking for you’ is the new video directed by Irish artist Nina Hynes from her one-woman multi-layered self-produced album ZAP! (Minty Fresh)

It is an emotional journey coming to terms with loneliness, heartbreak, and isolation eventually finding the motivation to break out of our limited version of ourselves.
It is about surrendering to vulnerability and from this place, finding the strength to pick oneself up and go out into the world.
To play, to find belonging and connection by liberating oneself. From brokenness to joy.

US,  Berlin-based choreographer/actor/performer Frank Willens matched Nina’s interest in exploring this concept and delivered an emotional and heart-warming performance that journeys from deep sadness to uplifting joy.

“For me, it‘s kind of about looking for that person in myself who wants to move freely, wear lipstick, dance through life. It‘s about succumbing to that nagging feeling that I am more free than I allow myself to be (social norms, upbringing, pressure to belong, to conform, etc.), and when I express this playfulness, the world responds immediately with such joy and openness and appreciation. Positivity and playfulness is contagious; in fact, we‘re collectively longing for permission to step out of our constructions and into our deeper selves.”(Frank Willens).

Shot by Friends With Mountains who makes many music videos from Berlin’s art and DIY scene and the Pink Corona Party costume made by Dressed in Rags, who has made a career out of radical festival costumes and feminist and non-binary sculptures in Berlin.

It was shot in Berlin on a minuscule budget, with a crew of four people. Nina Hynes, Frank Willens, Friends With Mountains and Dressed in Rags.


In 2019, Nina Hynes toured around Europe‘s greatest theatres supporting Irish Artist Glen Hansard. She has toured in America and Europe and has played many supports including Roxy Music, Cat Power, Stereolab, Terry Callier, Smog, Julee Cruise, David Gray, Joan as a Police woman, Damien Rice, Glen Hansard. At an early age, she toured with experimental composer Hector Zazou and collaborator Harold Budd. Nina has written songs and music for all her own releases as well as for other singers and projects including Jane Birkin and Melanie Gabriel on Strong Currents by Hector Zazou (2003). She lives in Berlin since 2007.