Sofie Thorsen (1971- ), The Achromatic Island, 2010
Thorsen’s video confronts us with long sequences of static footage showing picturesque landscapes on the island of Fur.
Up until the 1930s the island was home to a rare congenital eye disease that made a number of inhabitants colour blind and particularly sensitive to light.
A female voiceover tells about the condition and its consequences for her visual experience of her surroundings. Thorsen seeks to recreate this experience in the black-and-white footage.
Is it possible to explain the visibile in words? And to reconstruct an experience on film?
On a more general level she also examines whether it is possible to explain the visible in words, and whether it is possible at all to translate a person’s sight-based experience to an image, reconstructing it on e.g. film.