Tags:Melika Bass was recently commissioned by the Icelandic band Sigur Ros to create a video for the group's new album, Valtari. Bass, an Asheville native, tells Xpress, "Along with 11 other international filmmakers, I was given a small budget to create an original film (with complete freedom!) to a song on their new album Valtari, which they are currently touring."
On the website for the Valtari Mystery Film Experiment, Sigur Ros says, "The idea is to bypass the usual artistic approval process and allow people utmost creative freedom. …We never meant our music to come with a pre-programmed emotional response. We don’t want to tell anyone how to feel and what to take from it. With the films, we have literally no idea what the directors are going to come back with. None of them know what the others are doing, so hopefully it could be interesting."
Bass worked with the song, "Varðeldur." In her director's comments, she describes her piece as "a film portrait of an unstable entity in a haunted vessel, drawn into and floating away from a siren song." The concept centers around an eerie expressive movement performance by Selma Banich. The secret release date of the film was yesterday. Watch it here: