Journey

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It is clear to me that iamamiwhoami took the Volunteer on the journey of his life and I cannot be more glad to see how they committed to offering him a real experience. 101112 is the second video of the Volunteer’s journey, the first one being his acceptance vid. I’ll keep on walking symbolical my line and try to see how this motif has been applied in our case and also to somewhat predict some stages that SUTS will go through in the following footage.

I’ll start by looking at the experience of the journey as it appears in The Bible. You see, I think the religion connected question in the Interrogatory video has a purpose. Anyways, from this point of view, the motif of the journey is linked to the Exodus of the people of Israel to a divine destination, the promised Land, the land flowing with milk and honey. If I wanted to avoid the direct reference, I would have said the purpose of the journey is to flee slavery and reach a land whose major characteristic is fertility. Applied to SUTS or any of us, that would be to flee the ordinariness of our boring life and reach extra-ordinariness, or, if you want, for an artist like iamamiwhoami: to flee the appearance of reaching a certain limit and reach new boundaries of creativity.

There are two types of journeys:

- physical (geographical), which is visible to us as we see the volunteer leaving and traveling

- inner (psychological), which, for now, is not visible, but is strongly connected to the concept of CHANGE. Now this is the ultimate type of journey because it will be the one which will produce self-discovery, that is the so much sought after change! In her attempt to escape reality, the human being journeys inwardly and outwardly treading roads (there’s SUTS walking), passing over thresholds (he enters and exists so many spaces), opening doors (no doubt!), reflecting himself in windows or mirrors etc. The inner journey is the exact journey MO has taken in this campaign. The I am- Am I? – Who am I? journey.

One very important thing is that the motif of the journey is always linked with the making of heroes. I’m sure all of you are aware of that, we’ve been reading those heroes books since little and we saw how changes were produced in them. This thing is almost all the times projected against a mythological frame (with us, the Myth of the Mandragora) and it can be regarded as a three-staged process:

1. Departure:

- 20101109 – SUTS hears the call of adventure and accepts it;

- 101112 – out hero enters a new realm (a dark forest for MO,  a kingdom underground for CU, a distant land in his case – all of them are on a journey).

- to come: – hero gets supernatural help and guidance out of his state of fear (that would be coming either from within himself – ideally – or from the community, and from iamamiwhoami themselves.)

2. Initiation: the Volunteer is going to face various tests, I’m guessing they will appear in the next SUTS footage vid, and he’ll be getting a reward, an ultimate gift, a BOUNTY as a result of his performance. I’m thinking concert, but this might as well be something bigger, his real change.

3. Return to homeland, sometimes accompanied with difficulties in readjustement.

We’ll see what kind of hero SUTS will be portrayed as. For now, he sure does have a pure heart, we’ll see if he gains the strength to symbolically become a savior. He is now a disciple.

Here are some things I am expecting to appear in the next videos regarding the Volunteer:

- challenges

- crises of transitions

- impediments, obstacles

- revelations (that is a most definite!)

- gaining independence and a great power to control his emotions

- the acquiring of self-responsibility

All steps that might happen (and should happen) when one takes on such a meaningful road.

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 – 20101001 – Volunteer

- Iamamiwhoami – 20101104 – This is hot it goes

- CU’s A-LOC – Down the honeycomb hole and back

- 20101109 – Interrogatory

- 101112 – So it begins

- Journey

- Itinerary

- Why Vanuatu?

- Identity in Iamamiwhoami

- An Archetypal and Mythological Approach to Iamamiwhoami

- Iamamiwhoami – The Book Of Changes – Hexagram Theory

- Iamamiwhoami – Semiotics UnderCover

101112 – So It Begins

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SUTS journey, who else’s?

We’re not talking, just so you clear it up. – so sweet! SUTS, you’re so sweet!!!

Might I just say that this is is going to be one helluva journey? And it appears that SUTS has made it to Stockholm right from Berlin (well, we’ll have to see about that in the end, but for now, that’s sort of a fact).

Don’t be mean about the video quality, the man is not a director and iamami might have just given us what we asked for: ’some footage with SUTS’, LOL!

This is so ARG-ish right now, I can’t even pinpoint the levels! All sort of clues: from the departure place to the arrival, to the music in the background, to the interior of the car and so on!

First, they decided to shorten the title of the video and cut the 20 out of the year, so now we only have 101112, which not only is it made out of 6 digits, but adding up the numbers we also get 6. Just for the fun of it, me thinks, and to increase excitement levels in our eyes, tehe. Another good reason, as fans on the youtube channel mentioned it, could be to differentiate SUTS’ videos from in a way.

SUTS starts in front of his mirror and begins in what I would call an almost PERFERCT reiteration of the 20101109 Mandrake moves.

“Just going to a bus that will take me to umm… the airport… where I’m going to catch my flight.”

Hands on the door lock, opens the door and there we have the spiral staircase, aye? :) Iamamiwhoami, you sneaky people!!!

Love the sequence of images (around 5 or six) which present tunnel-like spaces because. You know I love tunnels and it’s all about that type of journey with me :wink:

SUTS arrives at the airport and he’s traveling with AirBerlin, which, according to sam: The plane was from the company Air Berlin, and he came from Berlin Tegel. Air Berlin have connexions with 3 cities in Sweden from this city: Stockholm, Visby, Gothenburg.

Love how they cut the footage provided by SUTS!

Look at that… SUTS likes cookies!

With the elevator scene, looks like he’s in the company of a man (black coat, black hat, glasses). The white paper the man is holding could be instructions. Like “Shut up, Shoot” LOL No, it’s the famous Y blank page. SUTS’ blank page.

SUTS gets out of the airport and enters a vehicle. Lovely music is being played and no one is talking. The car starts moving, the white sheet of paper on the board, as a leitmotif.

“Were not talking? Just to clear it up…” asks SUTS, shyly, but no answer comes back.

This journey started with a mirror, you see? This is so iamamiwhoami-ish! It starts with the SUTS symbolically entering another space. Because what he’s experiencing from now on is the opposite/reversed of whatever he’s been living up to now. He travels both in time and in space, both vertically and horizontally. They chose the perfect images from his footage and managed to render symbolism to the highest extent: we have spiral stairs, normal stairs, doors that glide in front of him, we even have a wormhole (0:24)!!! Almost 80% of the items appearing in this short video are part of the semantic field of the journey: doors, windows, passages, plane, wings of plane, cars, streets etc. The end of the video is epic! The halo’ish music and the way in which Suts looks towards the sun through the window!!!

It has begun.

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 – 20101001 – Volunteer

- Iamamiwhoami – 20101104 – This is hot it goes

- CU’s A-LOC – Down the honeycomb hole and back

- 20101109 – Interrogatory

- Why Vanuatu?

- Identity in Iamamiwhoami

- An Archetypal and Mythological Approach to Iamamiwhoami

- Iamamiwhoami – The Book Of Changes – Hexagram Theory

- Iamamiwhoami – Semiotics UnderCover

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