New documentary and experimental works in our online archive / October ’19

Discover these recent acquisitions in our online archive! For professional preview, please register to see the full-length versions.

Lauri Ainala: Orpokotijuhlat Saarella (01) (2016, 00:04:59)

Lauri Ainala: Orpokotijuhlat Saarella (01)

Black wind blown by a “god” is caressing wretched rodent’s fur from eternity.

Dave Berg: Paradise (2017, 00:46:00)

Dave Berg: Paradise

Film about people who can only hear their own opinions.

Risto-Pekka Blom: I am the Human thy God (2019, 00:04:56)

Risto-Pekka Blom: I am the Human thy God

There was no room for other animals in the ark. The only one left is the king of creation, the worst of all animals, human.

Sophia Ehrnrooth: Dream of Championship (2017, 00:05:47)

Sophia Ehrnrooth: Dream of Championship

“Manuel Neuer, Medhi Benatia, Jérôme Boateng, Dante, Bernat…” This is not a FIFA tournament, but a competition on who can name the most football players by heart. Four boys are trying their hardest, and as the list goes on they start to struggle, it even looks like someone is losing his breath. In the end each boy recalls 200-300 players by heart. The short film Dream of Championship is a story about fandom. It depicts the kind of passion that motivates school children to memorize names in such numbers that would impress any history teacher. 

Jan Ijäs: Helsinki Acts (2019, 00:35:24)

Jan Ijäs: Helsinki Acts

During the Cold War, from 1967 to 1997, Helsinki served as a stand-in for various Russian/Soviet cities in a total of nine American feature films, mainly spy thrillers. Helsinki was chosen as the location as it would not have been possible to shoot the film inside the Soviet Union and Helsinki could easily be “dressed up” to look unmistakeably like its eastern neighbour. It would not be an exaggeration to credit Helsinki as a “character actor”. Every location used in these productions, including sites featured in individual still images, were identified by the Helsinki Acts team and re-shot in the original 35mm film format. The nine acts of the film are named after the films they are related to.

Jan Ijäs: Waste no.4 New York, New York (2019, 00:20:00)

Jan Ijäs: Waste no.4 New York, New York

Waste no. 4 New York, New York revisits the history of the City in twenty minutes through twelve cemeteries and one landfill. The short documentary is the fourth, independent episode from the ten-part Waste series.  

Alisa Javits: Pour toi (2019, 00:05:33)

Alisa Javits: Pour toi

For You is a flow of images which hide a story about a girl who wants to learn skateboarding. The film can be interpreted in different ways, depending on the viewer’s background. It is a film about love, daring, loneliness and the warmth that exists around us even if we were physically alone. 

Renja Leino: (swimmer) (2019, 00:08:46)

Renja Leino: (swimmer)

Endless sound of the waves on an empty beach. A horizon. Suddenly a swimmer appears, swims out of sight, swims back as if there was nothing else in the world. 

Jaakko Pietiläinen: Sibelius (2015, 00:36:50)

Jaakko Pietiläinen: Sibelius

An experimental short film combining documentary and fiction follows Jaakko Pietiläinen’s transformation into a reborn national composer Sibelius. The work deals with male artist myths and nationalism.

Azar Sayar: Tell Me (2019, 00:07:44)

Azar Sayar: Tell Me

A narrator asks: “Do you know this bird?”. The video quotes both public and private archival images in which birds are in the centre – birds as individual living beings but also as creatures habiting the world and stories created by humans. 

AV-arkki is a non-profit artists’ association. It was founded in 1989 and now has over 250 Finnish or Finland-based artists as its members. AV-arkki’s main purpose is to distribute Finnish media art to festivals, events, museums and galleries within Finland and internationally.