Dies Irae


by Gabríella Friðriksdóttir in collaboration with Erna Ómasdóttir and Valdimar Jóhannsson



Day of wrath and doom impending
David’s word with Sibyll’s blending
Heaven and earth in ashes ending

This is the first verse of the English translation of Dies Irae, Thomas of Celano’s Latin hymn, approved for use as a funeral mass sequence.  Dies Irae is also the title of visual artist Gabríela Friðriksdóttir’s short film. A rhapsody in black and white, the film comprises of concrete and abstract moments conveying joy, grief, death and resurrection. The soundscape is based on a reversed musical rendering of Dies Irae, as performed by brothers of the Abbey of Notre Dame. The treatment results in a sound resembling the rumbles of an ocean being pulled and pushed by the moon. Breathe in and everything comes alive, breathe out and for a second everything will die; all things are in a flux, they move back and forth, between life and death.

The future is a reflection of the past, the present a boat without oars on a tranquil lake.

Location: New Hall, 11 Kirk Rd, Point Lonsdale

Saturday 7th July

Time: 10am - 3pm (14min film screens on loop - individual immersive experience)


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