This is Hora Est's second video piece.
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"The Æsir - A Westbound Journey" is about migration. The Æsir were the Norse gods, such as Thor and Odin. According to 13th century author Snorri Sturluson, they were originally men who migrated from Asia to Scandinavia (hence the name). Because they brought with them new kinds of knowledge, they were worshipped as gods in their new country.
The multimedia collective Hora Est imagines their journey and mixes it with other stories about migration: does it make one a god or a paria in one's new society? This is a piece of being out of place and consequently, of mixing cultures. Scandinavian folk music is set to Iranian percussion. Indonesian gamelan blends with hip hop. These themes return in the film, where we see the lives of migrant workers in Gulf countries and farming animals who ended up in the Kuwaiti desert.
Sjoerd-Jeroen Moenandar - Concept, text and film
Bram Staats - Music and production
Kristin McGee - Music and text
Bram Staats - Keyboards, guitars and sampling
Kristin McGee - Saxophones and spoken word
Sjoerd-Jeroen Moenandar - Spoken word