Reclaiming Vision
. . short film music for cello and computer

A short film by Dijkman and Johannessen.

Captured through a light microscope, 'Reclaiming Vision' features a diverse cast of microorganisms, sampled from brackish water, alongside algae, cultivated in a lab. The film reveals various processes in the water that are hidden to the naked human eye. By investigating the brackish water, its inhabitants, its properties, and the traces left by human activities, the film is a reflection upon the relationship we humans have with our surroundings, especially through what we cannot see.

1 . Intro
2 . The Order of Things
3 . The Asexual Kingdoms
4 . The Renaissance of Beasts
5 . The Violence of Looks
6 . Outro

This set of cello works is the result of inspiring footage that I was allowed to view during the process of filming and the fantastic conversations we had about the function the music and the film had together. We quickly established that there was a subconsious connection between the collaborators, in particular the combination of microscopic film with microminimal music. From a composers perspective I had created my own understanding of the emerging footage and felt a strong sence of seasons in the form of the film (summer/fall/winter/spring). This quickly became a guiding story for me and for my own musical form, and found its way into the musical structure.

Performed by cellist Jan Willem Troost.
Featuring Els Mondelaers, voice.
Reclaiming Vision was comissioned by the Munch Museum in Oslo, Norway.

Special thanks to Natalie Hope O'Donnell.

Cultuurcentrum Strombeek  Cultuurcentrum Strombeek - Grimbergen - BE
Nov 12th 2022
Jan Willem Troost
MACA  MACA - Amsterdam - NL
Jul 21st 2022
Marjolijn Dijkman Toril Johannessen and Jan Willem
Sounds of Silence  De Nieuwe Regentes - The Hague - NL
Oct 30th 2021
Jan Willem Troost
Sustainable Societies for the Future  Chicago - US
Oct 15th 2021
Jan Willem Troost
Sound of Silence  De Regentes - Den Haag - NL
Mar 15th 2020
Jan Willem Troost & Henry Vega
Screen City Biennial  Opera House - Stavanger - NO
Oct 19th 2019
Jan Willem Troost & Henry Vega
Sonic Gardens - ISCM Romania  Natl U of Music - Bucharest - RO
Oct 9th 2019

CCRMA  CCRMA - Stanford - US
Oct 1st 2019

Helsinki Festival  Suomenlinna - Helsinki - FI
Aug 16th 2019

Dijkman – Navigating Polarities  NOME - Berlin - DE
Dec 14th 2018
Jan Willem Troost & Henry Vega
Entrée  Entrée - Bergen - NO
Dec 6th 2018
Jan Willem Troost
Radical Reversibility Installation  Radical Reversibility - Amsterdam - NL
Sep 20th 2018
Jan Willem Troost
Munchmuseet on the Move  Munch Muesum - Oslo - NO
Aug 31st 2018
Marjolijn Dijkman and Toril Johannessen