Watch/Read/Travel: Dirk Serries

March 4, 2015

I’M NOT ANIMAL. More frequently I do spend my sparse free time watching movies. Old classics or fairly new movies, it all depends on my mood. But there’s just a handful of movies I return to periodically. David Lynch’s The Elephant Man‘ (1980) is such a movie. To my humble opinion, his best ever. A serious movie about an extremely deformed man that is considered to be freak but in fact is a highly intelligent man. A metaphor for all of us that do not really belong to what society predicts and expects, no? Lynch naturally applies his weirdness to the topic but films the story in such a respectful, emotionally honest way that this is, for me at least, his perfect exercise in abstraction combined with human reality and emotion. Shot in black/white, the movie is completely alienating in the dream sequences while simultaneously emotionally devastating at the end of the movie. I guess my favorite Lynch movie ever and one of my all-time classics in my collection.

David Lynch: The Elephant Man (1980)

David Lynch: The Elephant Man (1980)

AN ABSURD REASONING. Never been a fanatic reader and especially no fiction novels. However I do love to dig sometimes and fragmentary deep into philosophical works. Often in parallel with my state of mind, searching for inspiration or just to find solutions to some epic questions in life. Although most of these works are quite hard to digest in one take, I like to pick up a book now & then, read some pages and put away the book again to absorb the scribbles and themes covered. Some already read but never completely digested, although completely fascinated by, are James Joyce’s ‘Ulysses’, Goethe’s ‘Faust’, Dante’s ‘The Divine Comedy’, Nietzche’s ‘Also Sprach Zarathustra’ and more recently read with awe Albert Camus’ ‘The Myth Of Sisyphus’. Art that equally to music is so subjective, open to discussion but extremely inspiring and fascinating.

A piece of Trondheim (Photo: Rainer Schütz)

A piece of Trondheim (Photo: Rainer Schütz)

THE CALMNESS OF THE FJORDS. In 2012 I got invited by Tomas Järmyr and Kristoffer Lo to Halden (Norway) for a studio session. A recording that went so well that we formed YODOK III. A year later YODOK III played Oslo and Trondheim. Since then I returned 4 times to Trondheim, a city in fame for its legendary jazz conservatorium. Trondheim is a city but simultaneously it transcends a soothing calmness. An atmosphere that slows down the pace, giving me the ability to absorb the clean air, the beauty of the fjords that surround the city. While Norwegians do go berserk on Saturday evenings, the daytime brings a peaceful haze over the city. The city as well is a paradise for those who love, those who play and breathe jazz and all related. A city that has already gave birth to a huge number of extremely talented musicians. Trondheim that is also forever connected to the story of YODOK III, because Tomas Järmyr and Kristoffer Lo live there but also where we played some of our finest concerts. Trondheim, the city, if I would have the money, I would probably move to. Trondheim, the city, whenever they ask me, I would return to for playing live concerts with YODOK III, with any of my other collaborations or in solo mode. Always something magical happens.

(Dirk Serries / Vidna Obmana / YODOK III)


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