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Finnish video art retrospective is covering the period from 1965 to 2006. The viewers will see works of pioneers of Finnish visual and kinetic art, including Eino Ruutsalo, who debuted in avantgarde society of New York in the early 1950s, and Erkki Kurenniemi, one of the first electronic musicians in Finland, who explored the revolutionary impact of computers on public and private life in the 1960s. The authors of the presented videos are the members of worldwide biennial, their works are included to collections of prestigious galleries such as Tate and MoMa ("Me/You, Okay, Gray" by Eija-Liisa Ahtila) and have been shown at festivals from Tribeca to Rotterdam and Locarno ("Lasso" by Salla Tykka).
Finland / 1965, 4 min
An odd combination of black humour and melodramatic anxiety blends scantily clad ladies and concentration camps, hand-painted waste footage and studio shots of a man in felt boots. The avalanche of electronic music by Kurenniemi is an early prototype of minimalist techno.
Is this the world of Teddy?
Finland / 1969, 10 min
The film is collage of news pictures well known to all of us. But do we have the right to throw them away after having looked at them once or twice? Should we not examine and distribute them through all available channels, in order for pain to disappear and love to win. Is this the world of Teddy Bear we will leave behind to our children?
Finland / 1970, 9 min
Shot during a trip to a conference on electro-acoustic music, Florence is a rich collage of double exposures. Images from the Alps, Milano, and Florence are merged with impressions from the Finnish summer. The 16mm Pathé ciné-camera enabled Kurenniemi to wind back, revisit and reshoot the same frames.
Finland / 1966, 7 min
The film stars two computers: Elliott 803 (in the Department of Nuclear Physics, the University of Helsinki) and IBM 1130 (in the computer centre at the University of Turku). At times, the coexistence of man and machine provokes suffocating frustration. This is only the starting point for something more subtle: the art created with computers.
1982 - a year of censorship
Pasi Sleeping Myllymaki
Finland / 1982, 2 min
How narrow are the Finnish narrow film circles? Pasi Myllymäki reveals their wholesale censorship in this fierce short film with punk rock intermissions.
Still life - Milena's Journey
Finland / 1989, 5 min
This video work is based on letters written by Franz Kafka to his beloved Milena. The central themes of the piece are distance, longing and memories. The layered imagery relies on the collective memories of the viewer. The starting point for this is master composer Kaija Saariaho’s radiophonic work Stilleben.
Me/We, Okay, Gray
Finland / 1993, 4 min
A short film with three fictional episodes and narration consisting of rhythmic monologues. The subject of these three humane dramas is the transformation of one’s identity.
Darling, let me hold you!
Finland / 1999, 2 min
In this humoristic short film a young woman is ironing a men’s shirt and caressing a kitten.
Finland / 2000, 6 min
A story of a young girl’s development into a ballet dancer. A personal contemplation on the conflict between girly dreams and the hard everyday work of a dancer.
Finland / 2000, 4 min
A woman sees a powerful man behind the window. Lasso exposes a moment in a young woman’s life; moment at which one’s inability to face the other – or oneself, even – is squeezed into a powerful sensation somewhere on the edge of the unreal.
Finland / 2006, 4 min
A travel agency promotes vacation trips to Baghdad, showing the life that the Iraqis are living at this very moment in Iraq.