In the Light Hall of the Tropenmuseum, a display was created of 58 magnificent wooden carvings, the bisj poles. These metres-high poles are memorials to the dead and play an important role in the bisj ceremony, the festival of the Asmat people in Papua, New Guinea. Concept/design This display of bisj poles was surrounded by photos of Asmat people and stages of the bisj ceremony projected on the screen. These fragments, the authentic sound recordings and the light contrasts of colour and shadow bring the bisj poles to life and draw you into the bisj ceremony. You are transformed from a bystander into a participant and experience the intensity of this magic ritual. Six unique film productions were also made in which people give their impression of the ritual and what it means to them from different perspectives. For example, the museum curator speaks about it from a museum collection perspective, while film crews travelled to the Asmat region to interview Papuan people about the rituals of the bisj ceremony.
video: Tungsten Studio