New Fiction in Our Archive / Fall ’21

Risto-Pekka Blom: The Human Torch (2022)

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Risto-Pekka Blom: The Human Torch (2022, 05:56)

Risto-Pekka Blom: The Human Torch (2022)

We have acted according to the demands of society. We have followed the rules. We do not mock or belittle people different from us. But it is not okay to come here to upset the status quo, provoking all kinds of jeering at the hot dog kiosk. The Human Torch is a one-shot short film about a traffic crossing at night, where respectable people are waiting for the light to change. The film is about losing your sense of security in a world that is changing uncontrollably.

Marikki Hakola: Mirages (2021, 50:00)

Marikki Hakola: Mirages (2021)

Mirages is a survival story told by a strong female voice. The trilogy deals with questions around identity, empowerment, and community belonging. In the first part Instants, the protagonist has experienced the end of a close relationship. She recalls the different faces of love, and the multiple sensations of colors, feelings, and sentiments. The conflicting feelings of regret and longing gradually transition into memories. The second part Interplay tells of community and its dynamics. The interplay between the characters develops through improvisation. In the third part Infinity, the woman’s mind opens towards the audience. She recognizes her powers and the different aspects of her identity. She puts her powers to communal use.

Matti Harju: Africa (2011, 08:53)

Matti Harju: Africa (2011)

Nerve-wracking and frayed experimental fiction that shows a psychotic man and his direct surroundings in a totally uncompromising way. Our interaction with others is based on the idea that we all share the same reality. That turns out not always to be the case.

Matti Harju: Aliens (2021, 08:35)

Matti Harju: Aliens (2021)

A film about how language, be it film, art or written language, creates in itself a system where separation precedes contact.

Matti Harju: El Centro (2021, 07:14)

Matti Harju: El Centro (2021)

Young Anon discovers the digital, binary root of everything during a school trip to New York and comes to a surprising conclusion. An associative and abstractly structured video about the boundaries of communication in the hinterland between analog and digital – a study at gaps between looking and understanding. The mixed form of the work reflects the current space of apparent intangibility and connection: How the past is encoded in the specific recording media and how it behaves after the radical equalization by the internet. The image, with its combination of an analog video signal with forms of compression, produces a kind of aesthetic that emphasizes nostalgia and alienation.

Matti Harju: Minus World (2021, 05:43)

Matti Harju: Minus World (2021)

Nintendo game, codeine and online bdsm all blend in this minimalist speculation circling and edging towards a new view of otherness within.

Appu Jasu: Nowhere Specific (2021, 06:13)

Appu Jasu: Nowhere Specific (2021)

A cautious but curious dog is watching over her yard and gets drawn into a world of appearances where all events past and future only exist for an audience. Available also as a looping installation version.

Jari Kallio: Dissortion (2021, 12:47)

Jari Kallio: Dissortion

Dissortion is a poetic depiction of longing on the obscure border of real and delusion. Two bodies detached from a Baroque painting seek touch – they cling to each other, wandering timeless rooms that localize in mind rather than matter. Desire and violence, genders and epochs mix into a fragmented love story.

Jenni Luhta & Lauri Luhta: After Man (2021, 06:09)

Jenni Luhta & Lauri Luhta: After Man (2021)

Efter Människan (After Man) is based on prophecies and riddles of Leonardo da Vinci’s (1452–1517) working diaries. It shows a picture of the future where the body and its sacredness has been eradicated in a landscape where drones and mammoths will replace humanity.

Jenni Luhta & Lauri Luhta: The Deluge (2020, 80:20)

Jenni Luhta & Lauri Luhta: The Deluge (2021)

Syndafloden (“The Deluge”) is the first full-length film by Jenni and Lauri Luhta. It is based on Leonardo da Vinci’s more than 500-year-old prophecies and riddles, which in the film are narrated by Swedish-speaking Death, played by Jenni Luhta. The film shows the crises of the present world and the images of contemporary culture through Leonardo’s words and visions.

Okku Nuutilainen: An Island at Sea (2016, 02:30)

Okku Nuutilainen: An Island at the Sea (2016)

Two barking dogs are running around an island. A camera at sea is following them. The image changes in size and that creates an illusion of distance. An odd sense of treat is created as the video gaze is sizing up the island. 

Okku Nuutilainen: Split (2016, 02:31)

Okku Nuutilainen: Split (2016)

The picture is split in half. There is a man and a woman, each in their own picture. They have their own houses, their own paths, but a connection between them is created by editing. They seem to communicate and even face each other.

Jaakko Pallasvuo & Anni Puolakka: Sacr3 – Eternal Return (2018, 37:25)

Jaakko Pallasvuo & Anni Puolakka: Sacr3 – Eternal Return (2018)

”Again, I have nothing to lose. / I have lost everything again.” An unnamed woman breaks up with her extraterrestrial lover and runs away to Italy in search of new meaning. Seasons change while she repeats old familial conflicts, makes experimental video art and is haunted by the idea of eternal return. Will our lives recur in the same form infinitely, with no escape?

Paula Saraste: Down to the Water (2021)

Paula Saraste: Down to the Water (2021)

A story of a small family escaping their home at night. They embark a journey towards an unknown destination and go missing. The father drives his family to an increasingly despaired state and finally he ends up in confusion and loneliness. It is a story of an end of a family. The daughter and mother gradually liberate themselves from the oppressive father, who is failing and not being able to overcome his fear.

Mika Taanila: Failed Emptiness. Time (2021, 13:48)

Mika Taanila: Failed Emptiness. Time (2021)

Suddenly there is an enormous amount of time. At first everything is possible. Anything might happen. Gradually the possible becomes impossible.

Jenni Toikka: Prelude Op. 28 No. 2 (2022, 08:25)

Jenni Toikka: Prelude Op. 28 No. 2 (2022)

During a single long shot, we see two people taking turns playing the piano and listening alternately. The piece is the same on both times – Preludi Op. 28 No. 2 by Chopin – but when the performer changes, the interpretation of the song changes along with the perspective from which the song and its performance are viewed. The uninterrupted playing and single shot capture the event in one temporal moment, but as the camera moves and two people change places, time is equally layered. The performer becomes the listener and the listener becomes the performer. In one of the key scenes of Ingmar Bergman’s Autumn Sonata (1978), the mother and daughter take turns playing the very same Chopin`s Prelude. It is a piece that both are familiar with, so they are able to settle into the position of the other as they listen and watch the other play. A situation like this raises questions about the sense of reciprocity, simultaneity and synaesthesia. Could the roles become mixed from viewer and listener to the object of the gaze and listening? When watching the other playing, can you feel your own hands and fingers on the keys? 

Timo Vaittinen: Hexual Spellings (2015, 05:28)

Timo Vaittinen: Hexual Spellings (2015)

Hexual Spellings is a story of a company based in New York in the late 1980′s that provided custom made visual spells in the form of video production. Spells were made-to-order based on customer requests, and were delivered on tapes to be played in Video Home Systems. These visual spells could be used for protection, life improvements and revenge among other purposes. The power of these visual spells was based on repetition and carefully crafted images that would often include abstractions. Spells were looped on 240-minute videotapes that could be played in the background while sleeping. Spells were more powerful when played at night preferably during full moon period.

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