iamamiwhoami ‘o’ video

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Category : Entertainment, Food for Thought, Music and Movies

REFERENCES:

- decoding iamamiwhoami – the beginnings
- A Closer Look To iamamiwhoami’s b Video
- iamamiwhoami’s o video
- u-1
- u-2
- n from Nature/Natural
- T – back in the kingdom we were Kings and Queens
- And this is Y all that’s left is Hope

- Iamamiwhoami – Sources of Inspiration
- Identity in iamamiwhoami
- An Archetypal and Mythological Approach to iamamiwhoami
- iamamiwhoami official youtube channel

Alright, just like in the case of the b video, let’s take a closer look at iamamiwhoami’s new piece of work: o.

Watch the video then follow me:

Lyrics:

I thought I felt a spark
Thought I saw a flame
When something changed in you
Who took the blame?

My plan was foolproof
As I became
A fortress of your heart

Love
(Love, love)
The kind that kills and scars
And make you kneel and crawl
To hell and back
(Love, love)
The words that slit your throat
And make you think of love
As the new black
As what you lack
Love

The sound of letting go
A side of you
That we all set aside
When the world was new

Under the full moon
Only endless rain
An absence of your heart

Love
(Love, love)
The kind that kills and scars
And make you kneel and crawl
To hell and back
(Love, love)
The words that slit your throat
And make you think of love
As the new black
As what you lack
Love

First and foremost, bravo for another astonishing creation, you guys! I suppose we’re in for at least other four.

Back to our business. We’re dealing this time with what I would call a tree nursery (a greenhouse, a hothouse – but tree nursery fits the entire concept better, you’ll see). Hints:

- we’re in a room filled with pots in which small trees are growing. The pots are arranged in a symmetrical way, on rows, with spaces between, allowing branches to grow freely
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- the ceiling is made of plexiglas, allowing a certain amount of light to come through
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- the Mandragora itself seems to be growing
- she’s first covered in some sort of netting. Netting is often used to cover small and young trees/plants in order to protect them from certain insects that could lay eggs on their leafs, thus damaging them
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- the collar she’s wearing is also used as a means of protection, this time from creatures that could climb – squirrels for example – in trees/plants to eat their fruits
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- her feet are painted in white paint up to her knees as a means of protection from insects crawling up and from fungus developing
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- she is ’sustained’ by two sticks, a trick gardeners often use in order to make trees grow in a vertical position, preventing them from having bent trunks
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- she is being offered fertilizer, natural I would say, if you take a close look, it seems like goat droppings
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The duality darkness vs. light is also part of plants growing in hothouses, they first need a darker environment (seed and youth stages), after which they need light to develop. MO seems to be collecting the light she’s being offered in that broken candle above her.
candle1

Outside appears to be autumn, the withered leaves gathered on the glass room being the sign of it. According to wikipedia, the propagation of MO is done as follows: Seed – best sown in a cold frame in the autumn. The seed can also be sown in spring in a cold frame. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Guess next video MO is going out to play.

Re-occurring motifs and techniques:

The second video is also constructed in a circular way. Just like in the first one, we’re being introduced into another dimension by the same cat, only this time she’s making an owl sound. We’ve already established what the cat is all about.

incipittreecat

The difference with this video is that in the end, we’re being brought back to the tree, but this time, the image is completed with a couple of items we’ve already been introduced to: the six strawberries (btw, I really think those look more like mandragora berries than strawberries), the collar, the candle holder and the blond hair. Watch where the collar is placed in this tree.
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Speaking of trees, have you ever noticed how many Y’s are in a tree? Well… here are only a couple of examples. This is also another recurring motif.
treeeye2Ybranch
treeeye2YYbranch

The cat. Six of them as a matter of fact.
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Speaking of 6, here are the six faces that appear in the end. They look like faces to me. Masks. I’m thinking trees turned into beings, just like MO.
LEs:

- try this link for a better reference for the masks ;)

- or even better: I strongly believe the 7:26 Mandragora face in Y is connected to the 5:22 masks in O, the first being captured right before the pot is being ‘fed’ the semen, and the O masks after. It’s 6 mandras in this case, or 6 cycles of life.

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face2
face3
face4
face5
face6

The last two of them look strikingly similar. Either the creators got lazy or it’s just part of a deja-vu effect.

Other things I have notices, but couldn’t really make most of:

The way the light is entering the tree nursery. It seems to enter through spaces between wooden walls and trough some holes, which actually appear to be human made and human controlled. As in:

redlightcracksinwalls
redlights2

At first I thought it is the natural process of holes growing in wood, but we’re actually dealing with plugs pushed by fingers (theeeere’s a pinky!) and tied with chains. This tells me the plugs can be pulled back if an exterior will wants.

cep1
cep2fingerpushing
cep3chain

Other opinions to support video analysis:

ItsObviouslyTReznor

the first 6 vids were about the initial growth of the mandrake. the mandrake grows where the semen of a hanged man lands – that is illustrated by her lapping it up in the 2nd video. by the 6th video she’s finally uprooted by the black dogs (killed by her scream) and brought in to be prepared… “welcome home”

the next 6 videos might be focusing on the preparation of the mandrake plant which requires it to be buried for 30 days – which is approximately how long the interval between videos has become – and to be watered with cow’s milk (drip fed from the suspended glass) and then dug up in the middle of the night (both O and B have been made public at night… unlike the first 6 vids) and then wrapped in a “dead man’s sheet” (the “plastic” she was? covered in for b).

A Closer Look at iamamiwhoami’s b Video

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Category : Food for Thought, Interesting Facts

REFERENCES:

- decoding iamamiwhoami – the beginnings
- A Closer Look at iamamiwhoami’s b Video
- iamamiwhoami’s o video
- u-1
- u-2
- n from Nature/Natural
- T – back in the kingdom we were Kings and Queens
- And this is Y all that’s left is Hope

- Iamamiwhoami – Sources of Inspiration
- Identity in iamamiwhoami
- An Archetypal and Mythological Approach to iamamiwhoami
- iamamiwhoami official youtube channel

Hey, speaking of archetypes and myths, huh?

towhomitmayconcern

So finally, we’ve been offered a real confirmation that this entire iamamiwhoami thing is real and has as final result, an artistic product.

iamamiwhoami’s first song and video. Watch it again and then follow me as I have tried to break it into pieces and explain my point of view:

Lyrics:

There it was, a land of decay
We should pack our things and run away
Rest in the quicksand
Shoulder to shoulder, hand in hand
Sink slowly now, take flight
Let the silence take us at daylight
Take a deep breath as we go, as we go

Wanting higher
Wanting higher up
Wanting higher
‘Til the moon forces us to climb back down
I’d rather stay, I’d rather let us drown

Wanting higher
Wanting higher up
Wanting higher

What a harsh, unpleasant hello
The kind of love I’ve learned to live with although
I will never shake what’s there behind
Your songs are still playing in my mind
All that white only turns to blue
Look after me and I’ll look after you
Take a deep breath as we go, as we go

It’s quite a long road, if you’re not patient, come back another day.

First and foremost, stop saying it’s not the same campaign and it’s not the same girl. They are. Don’t fool yourself. There are symbols you encounter in all videos, including the 7th. As for the relation to the Mandragora Officinarum – which seems to have totally disappeared in the 7th, huh? – I told you guys you should look at things from a symbolical perspective. It’s the birth of an artistic product. Everything that is born into this world comes out with a shriek. Even music. It’s the artist’s effort in the act of creation.

Let’s begin. Action seems to take place into our old cabin in the forest. Hints: wooden environment – wooden walls, furniture, same color, windows offering a view towards trees, forest.

There are four characters:

1. MO

2. Three men:

man2+piano
2ndman+piano
3rdman-dr

After watching the videos and working frame by frame, I have come to a conclusion: to me, there are two possibilities:

Scenario #1: A mental hospice therapy room. Case in which we’re dealing with some sort of rehab facility. Again, METAPHORICALLY speaking.

1 – Mandragora is the pill. Music is the medicine. We have a doctor (at the table) and two sick men having therapy applied. Mandragora receives her patients and starts her therapy session (turns the sandals upside down) and then calms them with her music (and, by mistake, the doctor takes it too lol)

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1stmansickgoestosleep
sick2dnman
2dnmangoestosleep
manreallyfallsasleepbeard

2 – Mandra is the patient, the man at the table is the therapist, the other two are male nurses. Hint: the nurse shoes and pants. Mandra is, of course, mentally disturbed. However, mentally disturbed people are very creative and sometimes, weird creativity is understood wrong, as mental deviation. Her crazy person force jacket is the plastic wrapping.

handsup
nurseshoes2
pants


Scenario #2:
A giving birth room. Hints: cradle, cradle toys, rocking chairs.

Mandragora is – now – wearing what seems to be a fake skin. Think of a serpent losing its skin. At the beginning of the video we can see this fake skin appearing to be breaking and Mandra trying to remove it. She kinda succeeds in the pointer nail area, as she manages to scratch on the piano. To me, she is what it is supposed to be born or RE-BORN. The cradle is still empty, so she is still in the process.

plasticskin1
scratch

LE: After having read Alraune by Hans Heinz Ewers, I have actually understood that the room in B is the room in which Alma Raune, Alraune’s mother, has been kept captive by Brinken, Frank Braun and Manasse (the three men portrayed in B in my opinion) so that they can use her for Brinken’s experiment. That is to be artificially inseminated with the semen of a hanged man and to give birth to Alraune (MO). Having this in mind, the woman in B is is The Mother. Alma Raune, a prostitute. And she’s waiting to give birth.

The video is constructed in a cyclical way. We are being introduced inside the story by a goat’s bleat (okok, cat) and we’re take out of it by the same bleat. Also, we are being given a specific time to witness (the sandals).

sandals
angrykitty
angrykitty2
sandals2

LE: The sandals also imply the time the men have to wait until Alraune is born. Nine months.

Re-occurring motifs:

6

6 buttons:
6buttonspiano

6 kitties, which may actually be just one, because in the last images, we’re being presented more, however, the cradle toy moves naturally, so it could just be a deja-vu effect. Whoa, Matrix kitty!

mirror

manrockingchairmirror
craddleroom+mirrorview

Speaking of cradles, take a look at the cradle toy. There must be something there. It looks like some letters or signs to me.

craddletoy1
craddletoy2
craddletoy3

LE: The signs above the cradle in B are letters in elder futhark, an old runic alphabet.

futark

The X means ‘gift’, The O means ‘the God Ing’, the P (right after X, clockwise) means ‘joy’ and the last letter (close to C or G -as I see it, after O, clockwise) means ‘luck’. Translation: the newborn (god ing) receives the gifts of joy and luck (whatever, something like that, you get the idea)
I could never make the exact of these signs. For example, my P could also be an ‘n’ (second row, second sign), which means ‘need’. Translation of the signs would be ‘god ing needs the gift of luck’. That sign could also resemble and ‘r’ (first row, fifth sign) which means ‘riding’. Translation: god ing rides the gift of luck.
Ing (Yngvi) is a name of the god Freyr, perhaps intended as Freyr’s true name while Frey ‘Lord’ is his common title. In the Ynglinga saga and in Gesta Danorum, Frey is euhemerized as a king of Sweden’ (wiki)
King of Sweden needs (receives?) the gift of luck. May the king receive the gift of luck.

Here are print screens to support everything I’ve said up to now and to help you see things you haven’t noticed:

Balsa wood tied with hair.

dandelion

LE: We were given the meaning of the balsa wood tied with hair right after the infamous MTV James package. Also, after having read Hans Heinz Ewers’ Alraune, I have discovered the hair strands have meanings which are way closer to the concept iamami has been built on.

Kitty in cradle. I am telling you, the kitty is the baby and she’s just learning to ‘talk’ her own language. For now, she’s just bleating, haha!

kittyoncraddle

Wall fan. I couldn’t make too much of this, apart from it being of Chinese origin, thus maybe a hint of the I Ching theory. Ooooor… we could think of fan as an admirer, DISCIPLE (tag which is often encountered in the first videos).

wallfan
roomview

Other Mandra face and teeth views

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teeth2
teeth3
teeth4
mandraface

PS: Jonna Lee + bandmembers + director of iamamiwhoami videos = LOVE

Here’s something interesting. And something else. 1:07 and on
Oh, and this picture from her Twitter. It must have been like hell, aye? Also thiiiiis


1:07 and on:

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WINNER!!!

Opinions to support Jonna Lee or video analysis:

voxdoom:

The men have pulled her up out of the ground using the dogs and captured her and are using her like a hallucinogenic drug. The timer is how long they can listen to her song without dying. She’s being made to perform for an audience. This bears a similarity with the mandrake root, I’m sure you all know about the mandragora screaming myth so I won’t go into that, this video refers to the mandragora’s hallucinogenic properties. The link is to the child beauty pagaent because it’s the same thing, little girls being made to perform for an audience.

- Best explanation I’ve heard today :)

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