Finnish video art and media art at Kyiv International Short FF

Finnish video art and media art has a strong presence at Kyiv International Short Film Festival, held from April 19–23 in Ukraine. In addition to competition and programme selections, the festival features a special screening on works from AV-arkki’s distribution archive.

Jan Ijäs’s Time Capsule (2016) is selected in the international competition. The block 3 of the competition will be screened on Saturday, April 22 at 20:00. Belgian artist Louis de Cordier bought a piece of land above the snow level from Sierra Nevada mountains in Spain. De Cordier has now built an underground library and a seedbank for non-genetically modified plants. The location at a height of 2000 metres above sea level, small temperature fluctuation, and dry climate slow the erosion of time. The architecture of the buildings draws on the design language of the visionary American architect and theoretician Buckminster Fuller.

Still from Jan Ijäs: Time Capsule (2016)

Jan Ijäs: Time Capsule (2016)

Best of KISFF screenings include two short films by AV-arkki’s member artists.

Risto-Pekka Blom’s Theme Park (2015), a video about an air-filled figure at the shopping centre, will be screened in Best of KISFF 1 on Wednesday, April 19 at 21:00. The Best of KISFF 2 screening on Thursday, April 20 at 19:30 includes Juha Mäki-Jussila’s Suddenly, Last Summer (2013), an experimental animation based freely on the play of the same title by Tennesee Willams. Some fragments of the original play are restaged frame by frame by new botanical performers.

Juha Mäki-Jussila: Äkkiä viime kesänä

Juha Mäki-Jussila: Suddenly, Last Summer (2013)



The special screening on Finnish video art and media art takes place on Friday, April 21 at 19:30. The program director of the festival, Natali Ilchuk, has curated a retrospective that covers a time span of 50 years from the experimental films from the 1960s close to our days. The films screened in the Finnish focus are:

Eino Ruutsalo: The Jump (1965, 04:20)

Clutched in the grasp of mechanization, a little man incessantly performs monotonous series of movements. The world is a void of humanity and warmth. While examining his felt boots his subconscious begins to revolt and a visual world opens up.

Eino Ruutsalo: Is this the World of Teddy? (1969, 09:20)

The film is collage of news pictures well known to all of us. But do we have the right to throw them away after having looked at them once or twice?

Erkki Kurenniemi: Florence (1970, 09:14)

Shot during a trip to a conference on electro-acoustic music, Florence is a rich collage of double exposures. Images from the Alps, Milano, and Florence are merged with impressions from the Finnish summer.

Erkki Kurenniemi: Computer Music (1966, 06:26)

At times, the coexistence of man and machine provokes suffocating frustration. This is only the starting point for something more subtle: the art created with computers.

Pasi “Sleeping” Myllymäki: 1982 – The Year of Censorship (1982, 02:12)

How narrow are the Finnish narrow film circles? Pasi Myllymäki reveals their wholesale censorship in this fierce short film with punk rock intermissions.

Marikki Hakola: Stilleben – Milena’s Journey (1989, 05:22)

This video work is based on letters written by Franz Kafka to his beloved Milena. The central themes of the piece are distance, longing and memories.

Eija-Liisa Ahtila: Me/We, Okay, Gray (1993, 04:20)

A short film with three fictional episodes and narration consisting of rhythmic monologues. The subject of these three humane dramas is the transformation of one’s identity.

Heta Kuchka: Darling, Let Me Hold You! (1999, 02:14)

In this humoristic short film a young woman is ironing a men’s shirt and caressing a kitten.

Johanna Lecklin: About Dancing (2000, 06:07)

A personal contemplation on the conflict between girly dreams and the hard everyday work of a dancer.

Salla Tykkä: Lasso (2000, 03:55)

Lasso exposes a moment in a young woman’s life; moment at which one’s inability to face the other – or oneself, even – is squeezed into a powerful sensation somewhere on the edge of the unreal.

Adel Abidin: Abidin Travels (2006, 04:23)

A travel agency promotes vacation trips to Baghdad, showing the life that the Iraqis are living at this very moment in Iraq.

Kyiv International Short Film Festival, April 19–23, Ukraine

More information: KISFF

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.