Home music, Heima

The Heima movie poster

Music and dance are those areas of expressive phenomena that have power to address emotions more directly than the conceptual thought, text, or speech.

Images have also wide scope of communicational potential that often escapes any conceptual definition.

Music videos are an area where many of these strengths supposedly come together. Sadly, they seldom reach their true potential.

This weekend I have been watching and listening to Heima, a film by Sigur Rós. A group of Islandic musicians, this documentary relates to the significance Iceland as spiritual, historical and geographical home has to its people. Powerful visual as well as musical experience, the movie manages to touch, move and impress. It stirs emotions and inspires thought.

This is definitely a film that any lover of photography will appreciate. The care it pays to shadow and light, textures on sand, stone, old wall and on human face is impeccable. Some parts actually look like slideshows of images, taken of still life.

The two-disk DVD is of high technical quality, but it is also possible to download a trailer clip that shows some of this material in full HD — amazing! I have been trying to see if this is available in Blue-ray, but so far, no success. You can access the HD trailer here: http://www.apple.com/quicktime/guide/hd/heima.html

(Thanks go to John, who mentioned how they had enjoyed watching this film.)

Author: frans

Professor of Information Studies and Interactive Media, esp. Digital Culture and Game Studies in the Tampere University, Finland. Occasional photographer and gardener.

One thought on “Home music, Heima”

  1. Watching and re-watching Heima, I think that ‘shadow’ is actually a key concept for me in trying to grasp it. Rather than showing the musician, we are directed to see her shadow. Shadows are the forms, often unclear and always indirect, that everything creates around itself. Shadow is also temporal, making distance visible, and can be approached as yet another symbol of memory, of time passing.

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