“Western psychology has taken out a patent on the truth. It is our time’s colonisation. It is not only the land that is colonised, but also souls.” Jens Ivar Nergård
Bach’s fugue in G# minor acts as a framework for an investigation in to psychiatric care. The fugue is built on strict rules: each voice plays a part in the harmony of the whole, while maintaining its own melody and individual integrity. Josefson and Robins use this framework to explore the frictions between different voices echoing around the stark landscape of Finnmark, Northern Norway - a meeting point between the Sami population, Western colonisers and their respective approaches to health care.
”In the research for this project we travelled to Finnmark, North Norway, a place where different visions of reality are exposed in full daylight and excoriate each other.
Our work is inspired by the Chinese composer Tan Dun whose work creates a dialogue between western music and ritual practices. He juxtaposes, for example, primitive elements like paper and water with a symphony orchestra.”
This film takes us on a journey through the inside of a mute piano and hospital corridors to the desolate winter of Finnmark and the voice of the Sami shaman, Sigvald Persen.