5 October 2012

benjamin orlow + zacharias topelius

which basically means one thing for you: if you're in prague, you should hurry up to the 'startpoint' exhibition (that ends on the 8th of oct, that's in three days) at dox gallery in prague and watch the video 'morfarland' by benjamin orlow, among others.

it "presents through the words and tears of an old swedish woman the romantic poem about eternal love, written in 1852 by zacharias topelius."

Zacharias Topelius: Vintergatan (excerpt)

Och då har Sulamit en kväll, av längtans makt förtärd,
begynt att byga sig en bro av ljus från värld till värld.
Och då har Salamit, som han, från randen av sin sol
begynt att bygga, också hon, en bro från pol till pol.

I tusen år så byggde de med omotståndlig tro,
och så blev Vintergatan byggd, en strålig stjärnebro,
som famnar himlens högsta valv och zodiakens ban
och binder samman strand vid strand av rymdens ocean.

Förfäran grep keruberna; till Gud steg deras flykt:
- O Herre, se vad Salami och Sulamit har byggt!
Men Gud allsmäktig log och klart ett sken sig vida spred:
- Vad kärlek i min värld har byggt, det river jag ej ned.


But then Zulamit an evening, devoured by her longing,
began to build a bridge of light from world to world.
And then Zalamit began as well from the edge of his sun
to also build a bridge from pole to pole.

For a thousand years they built with unresistible belief,
and so the Milky Way was built, a radiant bridge of stars,
that embraces heaven's highest vaults and the Zodiac's whole way
and ties together shore by shore of the ocean of space.

Fear grasped the cherubs, they flew to god:
- Lord, see what Zalamit and Zulamit have built!
But God Almighty smiled and clearly a wide light spread:
- What love in my world has built, I will never tear that down.

i highly recommend it (and i wish i had the power to make you all go there and watch it in its whole length).
it's worth it.

here is the only video that benjamin orlow put online, it's the second part of the video 'die gross love' that "deals with carefree youngsters’ memories, when on the background of an antiquated promotional film about the cruise ships it tells a personal story about the other side of social oppression" and it's quite different from morfarland.
you can also watch it at the exhibition.

i'd be happy to read your opinions on the exhibition, the poem or the videos.

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