Vikingland (2016) by Ulobit.

Based on the work by filmmaker Xurxo Chirro, a found footage feature film of the same name Vikingland (2011). This piece uses shots and sequences dismissed on the original movie, electroacustic hurdy gurdy and electronic music to transform images into an abstract dynamic show. The Intense aesthetic audiovisual scenes take the audience into a new live perception, synesthetic and rythmic, rather than a narrative experience.

Ulobit is a band of three complementary art craftsmen working from pure forms of acoustics (hurdy gurdy), electronics (computer electronics), and cinematics (video generating images).

Here Ulobit proposes a work produced with digital tools to modify analogic inputs on sound (hurdy gurdy) and image (footage from a film) constructing a sofisticated audiovisual environment. They use raw material to transform images from sound impulses inspired from the original story of the film Vikingland.

VIKINGLAND is the name of the ferry in the North Sea with regular trips between the city of Romo (Denmark) to the island of Sylt (northernmost island of Germany) carrying goods.

A Galician sailor, “O Haia”, worked on the ship in 1993-1994 as part of the crew. He bought a video-camera to record his daily life on board. The film that Xurxo Chirro made from this material in 2011 is a document about Galician emigration to Northern Europe and also a documentary on the exhausting work on board the ship, its noises, its routines, etc. Ulobit takes these topics to provide a new meaning through its soundscape and transformation of original images.

The film uses exclusively the original low-fi footage from O Haia’s video-camera, an appreciation for VHS images, used by the director as a provocation in the HD era. Ulobit intends to twist this material again using dismissed footage in the film and giving the hi-fi in sound and image quality.