After Everything by Pekka Sassi and Barbieworld Experience Part 1 – Overture by Dave Berg at SHORTS MÉXICO, Sept 3 – 10, 2015
Image: Pekka Sassi: After Everything (2014)
The films After Everything by Pekka Sassi and Barbieworld Experience Part 1 – Overture by Dave Berg have been chosen to be part of the Official Selection of SHORTS MÉXICO – Festival Internacional de Cortometrajes de México. The 10th edition will take place in Mexico City from September 3 through September 10, 2015.
Pekka Sassi’s film After Everything presents a dystopian world where brutality and inhumanity are commonplace and part of everyday routine. The atmosphere of doom is emphasised by the combination of black and white footage, harsh settings and industrial noise music. The powerful story leads to a situation in which brutality is victorious, yet beyond total destruction there is also room for a new beginning.
Pekka Sassi (b. 1969) is a Helsinki-based artist whose output consists of experimental sound and video works, many of which are purely sound pieces and audio installations. Sassi graduated from the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts in 2000. He has been described as a wide-ranging, yet uncompromising, artist. Sassi’s works are characterised by creative integration of simple, and sometimes random, audial and visual worlds detected in the surrounding world. He has made 116 short films and artist videos since 1995. His works have been presented at several domestic and foreign festivals and he was awarded the annual AVEK Prize for audio-visual art in 2006.
Dave Berg: Barbieworld Experience Part 1 – Overture (2014)
In Dave Berg‘s animation Barbieworld Experience Part 1 – Overture a dense, nightly atmosphere fills an interior resembling a castle. Chairs fly in whirlwinds, unexpected and dreamlike events take place in a helter skelter barbieworld. The journey begins towards something unexpected.
Dave Berg (b. 1981) graduated from the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts in 2013. Computer animation, intensity and poetic narration are typical for Berg’s works. His works have been presented at various art and film festivals, such as the Midnight Sun Film Festival in Sodankylä, Finland in 2011, the 2014 European Media Art Festival EMAF in Osnabrück, Germany, and at VIDEOFORMES Festival in Clermont-Ferrand, France in 2015.
In 2015, AV-arkki strives to gain recognition for Finnish media art and create new international partnerships, especially in the regions of Latin America and Japan. Our partners in this are the Finnish Institute in Madrid and the Finnish Institute in Japan. This development project is supported by the Arts Promotion Centre Finland.
AV-arkki has promoted and distributed Finnish media art since 1989. AV-arkki’s promotional efforts have made the artists’ participation in these events possible.