Transit by Lauri Astala and Attraction by Miia Rinne at Open Air Filmfest Weiterstadt, August 13–17
Image: Lauri Astala: Transit (2014)
Transit presents documentary shots of New York are altered by camera movements, angles and framing. This builds up a new fictitious urban space, whose visual familiarity stems from the history of film. The theme of Transit revolves around the collective visual ideas and notions of the urban environment.
Lauri Astala (b. 1958) is one of of the most distinguished media artists in Finland. He has studied in the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts and Chicago Art Institute. Astala makes sculptures, videos and installations that concentrate in our concepts and experiences of space and the ways in which cultural structures shapes them. His works have been presented at numerous solo and group exhibitions since 1989, including Eyebeam in New York (2013), Gallery Heino in Helsinki (2008, 2012), Helsinki Art Museum (2010), KUMU art museum in Tallinn (2008) and Institut finlandais in Paris (2008). In 2007, Astala was awarded with the Finnish State Prize for Visual Arts.
Rinne’s Attraction is the third work in the series of films that combines hand painting on 35 mm film and its digital post-production. In this series, each new work is painted as a new layer upon earlier works. Like episodes in human life, old works trail off when new ones emerge on the surface. This method of using the old as background for the new makes the resulting chain resemble the human psychic system as it builds up over time. Same way the film has an onion-like structure of memory. The old images get restored underneath the film’s visible layers and generate a reservoir of almost hidden images.
Miia Rinne (b. 1973) lives and works in Helsinki. She has MA degrees from the Academy of Fine Arts Helsinki and the University of Art and Design Helsinki. She works with a variety of media including video, installation, photography and prints. Whereas her video works are often like sceneries from inner road movies, they include the concept of the entire universe where everything is on the move.
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