Salvation: a merciless hand from below
holding the melancholy
of a million strangled souls, 2013
The aesthetic from Hydrophobia (1999) is carried over into Bodin’s newest version of the film, entitled Salvation: a merciless hand from below holding the melancholy of a million strangled souls (2013). The regenerative and cleansing properties of water is juxtaposed with its threatening and destructive power. The title and the soundtrack of the film are borrowed from an atypical and mellow Satyricon song, Blessed from Below (1999). A visual reference for the film is Munch’s painting The Mystery of a Summer Night (1892), which was shown at Equitable Palast in Berlin (1892–93).
Salvation includes remastered footage, a new edit as well as previously unused material. At Haugar Art Museum the film will be projected on a wall together with the film By Ekebergåsen by Crispin Gurholt.
Salvation premiered at the exhibition Munch by Others at Haugar Art Museum 8 June 2013. The exhibition was open until 8 September 2013.
The film was also screened at the Visuelt 2013 exhibition in Oslo from 20 June to 4 September 2013. Salvation is included in a 2 hour looping programme of short films, music videos, VJ-sets and other experiments by Halvor Bodin from 1997 to 2013.