Leaving No Traces is a conceptual music video. The theme addresses the relationship between nature and culture. It opens with empty, desolated rooms, symbolizing the space between us. The film travels into a sequence where the room is furnished with plants. The plants gradually disappear out of the room, the room becomes empty, no traces are left.
The explicit and sometimes brutal song lyric inspired the director to interpret the text as an image of nature vs. culture; the civilized vs. the primitive forces. Plants, humans, clothes, naked skin – express the floating boundaries between the raw and emotional and the civilized and distant.
As we hide or reveal ourselves for eachother some traces disappear, while others are ripped open. A relationship gives protection and closeness, but also pain and growth. There is a room in a relationship; a space between us, a projected screen, a reality that holds our feelings. The songtext reveals the space of double boundaries and irrational emotions.
The film was shot on two locations: In an old warehouse in a working class area of Oslo and at a media school in Drammen, a small city outside of Oslo. One of their facilitys contains a big arena with a huge projector where the images of nature could be projected. The film contains multilayered visual effects, still images, stop motion and is shot on 16mm film! to maintain an organic feel that complement the theme of nature vs. culture.
You sat out for peace but got nuclear war. And bashed in the eyes of them all
I used to smother his pride. And he lifted me by the hair
He was dragging me down the stairs.
The night had a thousand eyes
You sqeezed my heart and punctured my lounges and that weapon will soon replace your tounge