Mika Taanila’s Patent Nr. 314805 (2020), Maija Blåfield’s The Fantastic (2020) and Jonna Kina’s Akiya (2020) have been selected for Kasseler DokFest in Germany. Kasseler DokFest is held online November 17–22.
Patent No. 314805 is part of the Short & Sweet -programme, screened on Wednesday, November 18 at 22:15. The work displays how Finnish engineer Eric Tigerstedt solved the dilemma of sound-on-film already before World War I. All images and sounds are produced from the surviving test materials originally created in 1914.
Akiya is part of the Treasure or Trash -programme, screened on Friday, November 20 at 17:00. In Akiya, a reel-to-reel tape recorder plays a song that tells a contemporary story of the increasing number of abandoned houses and buildings in Japan in the ancient style of Noh, a traditional Japanese theatrical form. The song is associated with the machine rather than the human. The performer becomes a machine and the machine becomes a performer. The work creates a future mythology or a dialogue between past and present by juxtaposing the traditional storytelling form with a contemporary interpretation of the current phenomenon of desolate houses.
The Fantastic is part of the Domestic Imagination -programme, screened on Friday, November 20 at 19:30. The Fantastic is a film about encountering the unknown and the relationship between imagination and reality. The film is built on interviews with exiled North Koreans, who describe what they imagined the outside world to be like, based on their experiences of watching smuggled western fiction films. Alternating documentary footage and visual effects, the film raises the question of how reality is defined and what we wish to believe in. The Fantastic reverses the set-up where westerners are peeping in on the everyday life of the closed-off state. In this film, it is the North Koreans who direct their curiosity at the outside world and imagine what life in Western countries is like.
Kasseler DokFest, 17 – 22 November 2020, Kassel, Germany
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