The viral video Fjögur Píanó has been viewed several million times, but not many understand what it is truly about. While there is a great deal of mystery about the video, one thing is certain: There is a lot of mind control symbolism in the video. We’ll look at the hidden meaning behind Fjögur Píanó.
Watching Fjögur Píanó is a strange experience. There’s Shia Leboeuf and some girl naked, there’s weird piano playing in the background, and a whole lot of butterflies. There’s some dancing, some fighting and lollipops with little scorpions inside. What the hell is going on? And why? I won’t claim that this article will fully decode this head-scratcher, but a lot of its symbolism strongly hints towards a specific concept: Monarch Mind Control. While this video is very unique and original (unlike many of the videos analyzed on this site), it nevertheless contains many classic elements of mind-control symbolism. When these symbols are decoded, the story starts to make a little more sense and an underlying message begins to surface.
Fjögur Píanó is part of the series of videos accompanying the new album from the Icelandic band Sigur Rós. The band asked a dozen filmmakers to each choose a song from its album, Valtari, and shoot a video inspired by the music. All the directors received the same $10,000 budget and “zero instructions from the band”. Probably due to its high profile cast and unexpected nudity, Fjögur Píanó quickly became a viral sensation, garnering media attention and millions of views across the web. The video can be watched here (Warning: It contains nudity and lollipops, so use your discretion).
The video was directed by Alma Har’el, an Israeli filmmaker, who is known for directing music videos for several bands, as well as TV spots for Obama’s first presidential campaign in 2008. Contrarily to her TV commercials, Har’el’s work for Fjögur Píanó is strange, disturbing and difficult to comprehend. While it is somewhat impossible to extract a coherent narrative from the video, understanding some of its symbolism helps make sense of it. While some might interpret the video as being about difficult relationships, there are elements that seem to allude to something deeper and more disturbing. For example, why are there “outside people” controlling the main characters’ environment? Let’s look at the scenes of the short video.
Dazed and Confused
Right from the start, it is evident that the couple featured in this video is very confused, not in control of their destiny and trapped in a very restrained world.
Shia and his girlfriend (played by Denna Thomsen) wake up with all kinds of bruises and marks on their bodies, but they do not seem to remember why. Obviously, a lot of abuse and violence happened to them the day before.
The couple then engages in a choreographed dance that alludes to sexuality mixed with dominance and violence.
At the end of the dance, Shia and Denna perform a symbolic gesture: They “remove” their faces with their hand and then “let them go”. The concept of removing faces or masks is used in actual mind-control programming to represent to removal and subsequent replacement of the core persona with alter personas. In the context of the video, there is a definite sense of the loss and confusion of identity between the two. They might even be two opposite sides of the same person.
After the dance, two strange dudes enter the room and give the couple suspicious-looking lollipops with scorpions inside. Since scorpions are known to be venomous insects, there is reason to believe that these lollipops aren’t simply pieces of candy but most probably mind-altering drugs, such as those used in mind-control programming. The couple eagerly sucks on these lollipops, indicating that they are helplessly addicted to them.
Simply by blowing on them, the handlers are able to get the couple to go where they want it to go. The fact that no physical contact is necessary to control the couple implies that it is all about … mind control.
The couple is ushered into a car where they take a “virtual” ride, with one of the handler in the driver’s seat.
Back in the Room
After the psychedelic ride, the couple is taken back to their room. The empty walls are now filled with frames containing dead butterflies, a sight that visibly disturbs the couple.
After the buzz of the drugs, harsh reality settles in and the couple appears to have a rare moment of lucidity.
Shia then appears extremely confused, going from tears, to laughter to anger. Obviously not happy about whatever Denna has told him, he breaks the butterfly frame. He then does soemthing that is found in almost every single mind-control themed video:
After destroying his room, Shia turns against his girlfriend (or the opposite side of himself) and starts hitting her.
After the fight, Shia adds a tally mark on Denna’s back – another day as a mind control slave. Exhausted, they fall asleep.
The handlers then come in the room to clean it up and to remove the frames from the wall, leaving it in the same state it was the morning before. The couple then wakes up in the same way they did before, with the same bruises and scars. They start another day in the never-ending, mind-numbing loop that is the life of a mind-controlled slave.
Fjögur Píanó is a cryptic and strange video that has been described as a “dream sequence without a narrative” by some critics. However, by decoding some of the video’s symbolism, we discover that there is a story being told, one that is told in a very figurative fashion. The “official” explanation of the video states that it is about a difficult relationship and the many butterflies represent “beautiful things that die fast”. While this might explain some of the video, there are other elements that cannot be ignored. The couple is obviously living in a state of virtual imprisonment, where every aspect of their lives are manipulated by outside forces: Shia and Denna’s living environment is controlled and modified by the handlers; they are drugged, blindfolded and forcibly taken on weird, dissociative trips; and their attempts to break free are useless. In short, the couple is utterly powerless versus the world around them – the only thing they can do is add another tally mark on Denna’s back.
In a somewhat hip, artistic and fashionable matter, Fjögur Píanó tells the story of mind-control slaves. While many have applauded the video’s “genius”, most have not understood its underlying meaning. In the end, viewers watching the video are like the couple in Fjögur Píanó: Taken for a ride, without any idea where they are being taken.