"Lied van mijn land: Het rijngoud" (1986) is a Wagner adaptation by Frank and Koen Theys.
Lied van mijn land was a joint effort by
Koen and Frank Theys, and is based on one of Wagner's most famous operas,
Ring des Nibelungen. The theme of this opera is power, a concept
symbolised by the Rhinegold, after which the first part of the opera is
named. The Rhinegold falls into the hands of the dwarf Alberich, who
then makes the rest of the population his slave. In their version, Koen
and Frank Theys replace the gold with the image, so that Alberich's
power is based on how many depictions the dwarf is able to reproduce in
his factory. The workers who reproduce the images, but have no say in
their content, are swamped with visual impressions and are to a certain
extent indoctrinated, which is Theys' way of showing how the media
influence the consumer by way of publicity.
Het Rijngoud (The Rhinegold), video (U-Matic) colour, sound, 85min, 1986