Pink Twins’ The Transient (2023, in featured image) is screened at Fredrikstad Animation Festival taking place October 19–22, 2023 in Fredrikstad, Norway. The screening titled Abstraction at hoi polloi takes place on Thursday October 19 at 6pm. This year the festival will expand their Animated Live Club to two night of concerts. Ánnámáret Ensemble & Marja Viitahuhta will perform live in St. Croix House’s Black Box on October 20 at 9pm.
What is The Transient? It is that fleeting moment when you question what you are seeing, when uncanny valley takes over and when harmonious wildlife is revealed as a monstrous result of cloning and obsessive manipulation of nature. Or the moment when you ignore the lure of the real and give in to the overwhelming beauty of growth, the blooming of spring and the glow of midsummer night. Real, based on a true story, artificial, imaginary, a natural paradise, an apocalyptic corruption of nature. The Transient is all of these things and more.
Pink Twins was formed in 1997 by brothers Juha and Vesa Vehviläinen, artists, filmmakers and electronic musicians, born and raised in Helsinki, Finland. Since starting in the hotbed of arts and underground music that was turn-of-the-millennium Helsinki, Pink Twins have polished their musical and visual output into a distinctive and superimmersive audiovisual mayhem. The colourful, abstract cyclic flow of their animation works focus on human perception, its functionality and limits. In their audiovisual live performances Pink Twins create a wholesome and transformative experience with an extremely detailed wall of sound and immersive video projections.
Marja Viitahuhta (formerly Mikkonen) is a Helsinki-based media artist and filmmaker. Her works range from films, performances and installations to photography and collage. She holds a BA degree in performance art from the Turku Polytechnic Arts Academy and an MFA degree from the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts. She has been awarded internationally at Cannes (Cinéfondation), Stuttgarter Filmwinter, Mediawave and L’Alternativa film festivals. Viitahuhta’s recurring themes focus on perception and experience of female protagonists. Her works deconstruct individual identities, memories, or the idealised imagery of nations and landscapes. Her work often speaks in an intimate and personal tone and deals with existence and mortality. The text and image are set in a dialogue in Viitahuhta’s experimental language. Viitahuhta often bases her work on documentary filmmaking, archive material and found images as well as interviews.
Fredrikstad Animation Festival, October 19–22, 2023, Fredrikstad, Norway
More information: Fredrikstad Animation Festival
AV-arkki has promoted and distributed Finnish media art since 1989. AV-arkki’s promotional efforts have made the artists’ participation in this event possible. If you want to hear the latest news from our distribution, subscribe to our newsletter!