Mystery Show, screening programme and reception in NYC, March 10th 2012

Mystery Show, screening programme and reception in NYC, March 10th 2012

Artprojx Cinema & AV-arkki, The Distribution Centre For Finnish Media Art


Mystery Show

a screening program and reception for four Finnish artists

Liisa Lounila, Erkka Nissinen, Pilvi Takala and Timo Vaittinen

Artprojx at SVA Theatre, 333 West 23rd Street (btwn 8th and 9th), New York, NY 10011
on Saturday 10th March 2012, 7-8pm (screening repeated 8-9pm)
with artists Liisa Lounila and Erkka Nissinen present.

See Facebook event for the venue.

Screening program, total duration ca. 45 minutes:

Liisa Lounila: PLAY>> (2003)
Timo Vaittinen: In Da Club (2006)
Erkka Nissinen: Rigid Regime (2011)
Timo Vaittinen: Central Park (2012)
Pilvi Takala: Broad Sense (2012)
Liisa Lounila: GIG (2007)
Pilvi Takala: Players (2010)
Timo Vaittinen: Mystery Show (2007)

Admission is Free. RSVP to to the reception and screening.

Supported by the Consulate General of Finland in New York, The Finnish Cultural Institute in New York and The Finnish Cultural Foundation.

Liisa Lounila (born 1976 in Finland) lives and works in Helsinki. She gained an MFA from Academy of Fine Arts in 2005 in Helsinki. Lounila has exhibited nationally and internationally, including at the 8th Istanbul Biennale; Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt; MAXXI, Rome; and Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki. She represented Finland at the 50th Venice Biennale. Lounila is currently in residency at the ISCP in New York. Her works are also featured at VOLTA NY 2012. Lounila’s main mediums are experimental film/video, photography and painting. Her works usually deal with an obscure need for change, great expectations and places of potential. Usually her pictures, both still and moving, have their background in movies, yellow papers, lifestyle magazines and pop lyrics.

Erkka Nissinen (Born 1975 in Finland) lives and works between Helsinki, Hong Kong and Amsterdam. He studied in The Slade School of Fine Art in London and gained an MFA degree from the Academy of Fine Arts in 2001 in Helsinki. He went to Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten residency in Amsterdam in 2007. His works have been exhibited internationally, latest solo exhibitions at Ellen de Bruijne Project Space in Amsterdam, Smart Projects Space in Amsterdam, Helsinki City Art Museum’s Kluuvin Gallery and 1646 in Den Haag.He won the acclaimed Illy Prize  during 2011 Rotterdam Art Fair. His latest work Rigid Regime (2011) was selected to the international competition of the Rotterdam Film Festival 2012. Erkka combines acting in an actual studio with simplified computer animations within his videos. His videos are characterized by absurdity, humour and deliberate clumsiness.

Pilvi Takala (born 1980 in Finland) currently lives and works in Amsterdam. She received an MFA from The Academy of Fine Arts in Helsinki in 2006. She went to Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten residency in Amsterdam in 2009-10. Takala’s works have been shown in museums and film festivals worldwide. She was awarded Prix de Rome 2011 for the work Broad Sense, of which a screening version will be included in the program. Her works are narratives based on site-specific interventions and actions, sort of exceptions in everyday life. The actions aim to reveal and question unwritten rules and shared truths of the specific social setting in a subtle way. The actual artworks produced based on the actions are mostly videos, but also photographs and publications.

Timo Vaittinen (born 1976 in Finland) lives and works in Helsinki. He has studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Helsinki and gained an MFA in 2007. Vaittinen’s works have been recently shown in Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art in Helsinki, Living Art Museum in Reykjavik, A.L.I.C.E. gallery in Brussels and Helsinki Art Museum. His latest latest solo show was held at Pori Art Museum in Finland. Timo Vaittinen works with collage and painting and turns this mixture into a moving, spatial animation. He likes to play around with the polarities of analog and digital, import painterly approaches to producing videos and confuse the material appearances of paintings.

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