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/Wieden & Kennedy
|Gudni Franzson and Aernout Mik got to know each other's work beforehand. Franzson's eventual composition, titled Lava, belongs to a series of musical pieces based on the Icelandic landscape. For him it was interesting to see how Mik's urban characters would relate to music inspired by nature. They succeeded in a beautiful interplay: image and music complement one another entirely.
Zone shows a group of children in a desolate piece of urban land. Besides their behavior as children, they seem to act as tramps. For example they attempt to make a bed out of cardboard boxes, but also pelt each other with them. Franzson's sombre, repetitive music enhances the sinister atmosphere of Mik's film, while the images give an extra charge to the music, which consists of improvisation on ceramic windpipes and double bass. The low, constant tone of the windpipe, played by the composer himself, has its equivalent in the highly repetitive nature of Mik's work. Franzson wanted to imitate the sound of the wind till the point were nature meets culture.
John Matthews and Nirit Peled of Wieden & Kennedy have adopted Mik's title, adding the suffix 'a film about...'. They show a number of people scratching the backs of their heads - the international gesture indicating ignorance - in order to emphasise that the film contains no unequivocal story. The bewilderment generated by Mik's work is thus reduced to a sense of recognition. Matthews and Peled also omit the music. The sound of nails scratching was for them sufficient.