Sigur Rós held a competition, as part of their “Valtari Mystery Film Experiment”, inviting film makers and video directors to create an original video for one of the tracks off their latest release, Valtari. Today, directors Anafelle Liu, Dio Lau, and Ken Ngan were named the Overall Winner of the Valtari Film Competition for their delicate, somber take on “Fjögur píanó”.
According to the director’s commentary: “skinned is a restless self sculpturing of one’s body. it is a glimpse of the corporeal unconscious, forever trapped in lacan’s double sided mirror.” In layman’s terms, it’s sort of like what would happen if that unfortunate henchman in Lethal Weapon 3 managed to step out of the liquid cement that villainous arms dealer Jack Travis trapped him under and tried to wipe it off himself — only very slowly and over symphonic, ambient music. Yeah, exactly like that.
As previously reported, the band has commissioned a dozen filmmakers to create music videos for the ”Valtari Mystery Film Experiment”. Each filmmaker was given the “same modest budget and asked to create whatever comes into their head when they listen to songs from Valtari. The idea is to bypass the usual artistic approval process and allow people utmost creative freedom.” Other videos include Seraph, “Ég anda” 1, “Ég anda” 2, Varúð 1, Varúð 2, “Fjögur píanó”, “Rembihnútur”, “Varðeldur”, “Dauðalogn”,“Ekki múkk”, and the People’s Choice-winning rendition of “Dauðalogn”.