Jaana Kokko’s What There Is to See travels the world from Romania to Japan. The film is selected for the international competition selections of both Bucharest International Experimental Film Festival, held from 29.3.–1.4., and Japan Media Arts Festival, held in Tokyo from 13.–24.6.
In Bucharest, the film will be screened in the international competition programme “Human Nature / Mother Nature”. The screenings take place on Thursday, April 29, at 18:00, and on Sunday, April 1, at 18:00. The official selection of the Japan Media Arts Festival will be shown in the National Art Centre, Tokyo.
What There Is to See is a chain of associations of sorts. The film could ask, for example: How would the urban landscape look like, if our decisions would be based on touch, sound, temperature or air pressure instead of visual appearance? The starting point for the film is the pioneer of romantic landscape painting, Caspar David Friedrich, a white European man. The romantic landscape era, followed by nationalist and colonialist landscapes, is examined in the film for instance through a French children’s book Babar by Jean de Brunoff. In the true spirit of colonialism, Babar the Elephant presents us a utopian city in a civilized country. These two key parts of the composition are viewed against the background of a new residential area in Jätkäsaari, Helsinki and they form the basis of the story. Actors in the film are from the Theatre of Visually Impared people.
Jaana Kokko is an artist living currently in Espoo, Finland. Kokko graduated as a Master of Arts in 2002 and is currently a Ph.D. candidate at Aalto University School of Art, Design and Architecture. She is interested not only in the exploration of the expressive and historical aspects of art, but also in the understanding of the political act of making and displaying it publicly. Her works have been seen extensively in international festivals and screenings, as well as in solo and group exhibitions including Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova in Turku, Finland (2014), OKK in Berlin; Pori Art Museum, Finland (2013), Moderna Museet in Stockholm (2012), The National Art Center in Tokyo (2012) and Optica – Center for Contemporary Art in Montréal (2010).
Bucharest International Experimental Film Festival, 29.3.–1.4.2018, Romania
Japan Media Arts Festival, 13.–24.6., Tokyo
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.