The video combines elements from Finnish culture that can be seen as clichés with similar elements from gay culture. Subjects like loneliness, anxiety, sauna, and karaoke create a unity that reflects the identity of the artist and how it has been modified by the cultural structures. Ala-Ketola places the idea of adapting to a culture into the center of the work and considers how the process of adapting creates anxiety. The video is filmed in the Finnish national landscape by the shore of the lake Pielinen in the national park of Koli in early spring of 2017. Available as a three-channel installation and as a screening version.
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English title / Adapting
Teoksen nimi suomeksi /
Original title / Adapting
Keywords / body image and culture, love, violence, nature, structuralism, human relations, landscape
Type / Single channel
Genre / HLBTQI, performance art, personal narrative, political commentary, experimental, music video
Country / Finland
Picture ratio / 16:9
Duration / 00:08:14
Language / English
Sound format / Stereo
Year / 2017
Cast / Maria Korkeila (Composer), Kristoffer Ala-Ketola (Director), Kristoffer Ala-Ketola (Editor), Kristoffer Ala-Ketola (Actor), Kristoffer Ala-Ketola (Script), Kristoffer Ala-Ketola (Author), Maria Korkeila (Sound Design), Kristoffer Ala-Ketola (Sound Design), Eetu Sihvonen (3d Animation)