An alternative soundtrack by Nour Sokhon for the intro to the film Persona (Ingmar Bergman 1966).
The primal being; is discovering this new world that he or she has been put into, similar to how a toddler experiences his or her surroundings for the first time. This state of discovery is illustrated through the elements of mise-en-scene which are present in the film.
Elements of the work mirror the qualities of the communal kitchen. The recordings from the church and the mosque are of places that are shared places. Similar to the common kitchen. Individuals: come together in this place to engage in rituals and share something of themselves with each other. In this sense, the kitchen can be viewed as a sacred place. The intermingling of people from disparate background and cultures is represented in this piece. Through the use of five different languages. The voices allow the listener to experience these emotions like an overheard conversation.
Shown in a collaborative exhibition "A Random Piece of Someone" at the Tontine Building (GSA), November 2016.
"Nour’s own Continuum continues her own reflections on the labyrinthine workings of the mind..."
The track was released in the Easy Listening Volume One album by Tse Tse Fly Middle East and the short film was played at the 2016 Other Worlds Music Film Festival in Blackpool.
A sound work that is accompanied by a performance, it uses electronic samples, and sounding domestic objects to portray all the different personas an individual can carry by being a part of this society. The act of masking and unmasking oneself questions our understanding of who we really are, versus how we are taught to portray ourselves when embedded in a cage that is not of our construct.
I give thanks to Simon Coates for Tse Tse Fly Middle Easts ongoing support and all the people that helped me with the filming of this work, Hassan Issa, Angela Burdon and Sara Stenlund (barcelona based sculptor).
Mental Warfare performance
Filmed Haya Al Tamimi at the Other Worlds Festival in Blackpool UK.