Jan Ijäs, Erkka Nissinen and Pink Twins @ VIDEOEX Festival in Zürich, 23 – 31 May
Image: Pink Twins: Parametronomicon (2015)
The animated film Parametronomicon by artist duo Pink Twins and Material Conditions of Inner Spaces by Erkka Nissinen have been selected in the International Competition of VIDEOEX Festival 2015. The praised film Two Islands by Jan Ijäs will also be presented in the Special Programme. The 17th VIDEOEX International Experimental Film & Video Festival is held in Zürich, Switzerland from 24 to 31 May, 2015.
Parametronomicon by Pink Twins presents a model of parametric virtual life. A biomechanic organism moves, multiplies and regenerates in an elaborate series of convulsive movements. Its life spans from simple formations to inevitable apocalyptic visions of an over-the-top visual orgy. The film premiered at the Tampere Film Festival in March 2015.
Pink Twins is Juha (b. 1978) and Vesa Vehviläinen (b. 1974), based in Helsinki, Finland. Active as Pink Twins since 1997, their videos work in the crossing of visual art and music. The works of Pink Twins have been presented in exhibitions and festivals in all continents and performed audiovisual live shows through Europe, Americas, Asia and Australia.
Erkka Nissinen’s Material Conditions of Inner Spaces is an absurd slapstick musical, where the lead characters are on a quest to find their inner spaces. The three men are trying to change the material conditions by social action.
Nissinen (b. 1975) has studied in The Slade School of Fine Art in London and the Academy of Fine Arts in Helsinki, Finland. During 2011 Rotterdam Art Fair Nissinen won the Illy Prize. In 2013, he was awarded with the AVEK Prize for media art. Nissinen’s retrospective screening was presented in the acclaimed Profiles Section at the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen in April 2015.
Two Islands by Jan Ijäs is a film about two enormous waste dumps in Staten Island and Hart Island, NYC. One is a now closed landfill, which at one point was the largest in the world, the other is a cemetery of unidentified people, still in use. Two Islands bluntly asks: what does the existence of these two huge mountains of economic and social waste tell about our civilization, and what kind of legacy will the archaeologists see in them when they are studying these a few centuries from now?
Media artist and filmmaker Jan Ijäs (b. 1975) works with documentary, fiction and alternative film. The films of Ijäs deal with serious and difficult social themes, like migration into foreign and hostile societies. Ijäs’s films have been presented widely abroad by over a hundred film festivals and as installations in museums and galleries. The short film SWEET MOV(I)E was awarded with Risto Jarva Prize in 2011.
17th VIDEOEX International Experimental Film & Video Festival Zürich, Switzerland, 24 – 31 May, 2015. For further information: http://www.videoex.ch/