Four experimental video works from Finland were picked in the film programme of European Media Art Festival (EMAF), held in Osnabrück from April 26–30. EMAF is one of the most influential forums of international Media Art. The festival features Jaakko Pallasvuo’s, Jari Kallio’s and Antti Jussila’s Bridge Over Troubled Water (2016), Pekka Sassi’s A Friend (2016), Milja Viita’s Q (2016) and Jukka Silokunnas’s Vanishing Point (2017).
It’s 1967, 2015, 2515, 10000 AD. Simon and Garfunkel are travelling through time. Seeking an answer to their growing sadness and anxiety, brought on partly by the slowly overwhelming presence and existential treath of the climate change, they head to the coast, are incarcerated, visit the botanical garden in Turku, and watch Jake Gyllenhaal in Deep Impact in a darkened room. Above the tree line and into the Arctic Circle our protagonists find themselves in Kilpisjärvi, at the most northwestern point of Finland where they are – perhaps more than usual – alone together.
The screening on Friday, April 28, at 22:00 in Filmtheater Hasetor includes two Finnish works.
Pekka Sassi‘s A Friend is a happy hippie kinetic film. A Friend is a contructive abstract short film about something cold and distant turning into warm and friendly. It’s a kinetic folksong. Hooray to Liz Rhodes and Donovan.
Milja Viita‘s Q is a conceptual film about forces that change the world.The artist’s firstborn son transformed, in the blink of an eye, into a young man. Q takes us to the end of the worlds, the depths of the ocean and to the ruins of Atlantis. Q’s destruction is the road to new growth — it is the only promise of continuity and the emergence of new nations. Q is shot on 16 mm film whose surface has been hand-coloured. But what or who is Q?
When the artist was a kid he used to traveler a lot with his family. He used to Iook the changing landscape through the caravan window. Only older he realized: he changed, not the landscape.
European Media Art Festival, Osnabrück, Germany, April 26–30
More information: EMAF