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Deconstructing Björk's Isobel

  1. Aug 9, 2003 #1
    Deconstructing Björk's "Isobel"

    I think my favorite Björk video is Isobel. However, I must admit, I have some difficulty fully understanding the meaning of this song.

    Here is a link to the video: click here.

    Tell me your interpretation.

    eNtRopY
     
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  3. Aug 9, 2003 #2
    My own interpretation of this piece is that Isobel represents the Björk's child-like nature. In the video, you see useless technology sprouting from the earth as if it were growing like weeds. I believe this is Björk's interpration of technology. She doesn't know how advanced devices are made, for all she knows they sprout from the ground. But frankly, she doesn't see how they benefit for mankind, and I think from this simplisitic perspective, she has a good point. What good have war-machines ever done any of us? What good has industrialized society done for us?

    Of course my interpretation my be entirely off. Let me know what you think.

    eNtRopY
     
  4. Aug 9, 2003 #3

    Monique

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    Well, I haven't seen the video or heard the song, but when I read the lyrics you provided.. I would believe the song is about mastrubation?

    The forest, pubic hair, the tiny little spark.. clitoris.. burst into flame.. orgasm.. married to herself.. mastrubation.. crawling in silence, little excuse.. same thing.. tower of steel.. the you know what?

    Anyway, that is my little interpretation
     
  5. Aug 9, 2003 #4
    You pervert!!
     
  6. Aug 10, 2003 #5
    Hmmm... interesting theory. I suppose the lyrics do seem a bit sexually suggestive. I would like to know how the little airplanes sprouting from the ground, hatching from lighbulbs, and flying away like insects fit into this picture.

    Watch the video and tell me. I have posted a link to QuickTime video above.

    eNtRopY
     
  7. Aug 10, 2003 #6
    If you've seen the documentary about her, she explains that song.

    It's about a girl who mentally locks herself from all the buzz in the city, who builds her own little tower outside from it, in the forest. She tells it's about how a small part of her felt she needed to lock herself alittle from all the buzz in the city, wereas she was from a very silent and naturistic place like iceland.

    The documentary is with comments by Elton John, Missy Eliot, Sean Penn among others.
     
  8. Aug 10, 2003 #7
    What city? Certainly not Reykjavik. Are you talking about metropolitan life in general? Why is the city growing from the Earth in the video? Why is her name Isobel?

    eNtRopY
     
  9. Aug 10, 2003 #8
    If I'm not remembering wrong, the name means something of an outsider or someone that is 'locked out'(or was it 'frozen'?). The city Bjørk lived in at that time was London I think. At the time she worked at the Post record she was working with Goldie and other english underground artists.
     
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  10. Aug 10, 2003 #9

    Monique

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    Why? It only started to make sense to me at 'married to myself' :smile:

    Anyway, I didn't see the video or hear the song so that explains a lot, sorry!
     
  11. Aug 10, 2003 #10
    Well, she's Dutch... and you know how much the Dutch think about getting off.... I can only say that since I am 1/4 Dutch by ancestory... I think that's the part of me that makes me a little perverted as well.

    eNtRopY
     
  12. Aug 10, 2003 #11

    Monique

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    Why? Because of the language I used? The Dutch are very open about issues like that so don't be surprised :)
     
  13. Aug 10, 2003 #12
    Dutch is open about sex, Americans about violence.
     
  14. Aug 10, 2003 #13
    I would suggest rather that Americans are open about competition. I have never come across any culture as competitive as the American culture. You see, if you would spend any time in America, you would learn that the emphasis is on the winning not on the hurting. Of course, when you take competition to the extreme, things can become quite violent quite fast.

    Also, like I've stated before, Americans are more motivated by money than any other culture. Hell, we'd kill 10,000 Iraqi babies if we thought it would help our economy.

    eNtRopY
     
  15. Aug 10, 2003 #14
    Sorry, but you don't win much in sports though?

    Another thing, I've heard you have really few vacations, like our summer holiday we get like 3 weeks ordinary and you get almost none?
     
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  16. Aug 11, 2003 #15
    I guess sporting is as much dwelling into a thing as competition though. If you're competitious in all parts of life you certainly gotto be much more of an competitious soul yes? :smile:
     
  17. Aug 11, 2003 #16

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    Yes, and did you know that Americans get only a month (maybe two) time off when the mom delivers a baby? In Europe it must be close to a full year right?
     
  18. Aug 11, 2003 #17

    Ivan Seeking

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    Ouch. I don't support such actions, but I fear that you may be right. Of course, no one really wants to believe that this is what happens.
     
  19. Aug 12, 2003 #18
    Something like that I think.
     
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