Risto-Pekka Blom’s, Mox Mäkelä’s, and Timo Wright’s art at Festival Les Instants Vidéo, Marseille

Risto-Pekka Blom’s Interceptor (2018), Mox Mäkelä’s Host Sapiens (2018), and Timo Wright’s Ex Nihilo (2018) were selected in the programme of the 31st Festival Les Instants Vidéo, held from November 9 – December 2 in Marseille, France.

Risto-Pekka Blom’s Interceptor is a short film alluding to a historical event. In 1989, an unknown person halted the column of armored troops at Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China. On the previous day, a demonstration that originated as a student protest, was violently suppressed by the army. In democracies, the use of brutal force has been replaced by structural violence, where the power is centered around a small economical elite pursuing their own interests. The main purpose of the political system is to maintain these power structures.

Risto-Pekka Blom‘s video art and experimental short films have been exhibited in festivals and events in over twenty countries. His film Theme Park (2015) has won the Main Prize at Tampere Film Festival and Helsinki Short Film Festival in 2015.

Risto-Pekka Blom: Pysäyttäjä (2018)

Risto-Pekka Blom: Pysäyttäjä (2018)

Mox Mäkelä’s Host Sapiens is an experimental ecocritical video art poem. “Mass extinction is here. Our plate will be soon bigger than our planet. Our choice.”

Mox Mäkelä (b. 1958) is a conceptual artist active since 1978. Mäkelä’s art has been shown widely in different venues and contexts, e.g. in the Maritime museum of Finland and at international film and art festivals. In her ecocritical films and installations, Mäkelä examines the clash between nature and human nature within the marine milieu. Another part of her oeuvre is “idiot ibidem”, a long-term extended project that studies a literary historical chain of events with full methodological freedom and diversity.

Mox Mäkelä: Host Sapiens (2018)

Mox Mäkelä: Host Sapiens (2018)

Timo Wright’s Ex Nihilo is an experimental short documentary about life, death and our attempts to control them. It tells the stories of an advanced humanoid robot, a cryonics facility, where brains of deceased are held and of a seed vault, where crop seed from around the world are kept frozen.

Timo Wright is a photographer and media artist based in Helsinki, Finland. Wright has graduated with MA degree from the Aalto University School of Art and Design in Helsinki in 2012. He has participated in domestic and international exhibitions since the early 2000s including Gallery Forum Box in Helsinki (2014), Helsinki Art Museum’s Kluuvi Gallery (2013), Photographic Gallery Hippolyte (2008) as well as festivals such as Japan Media Arts Festival in Tokyo and Stuttgarter Filmwinter in Germany (2014).

Festival Les Instants Vidéo, November 9 – December 2 208, Marseille, France.

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