New artists’ moving image in our online archive / December ’20 pt I

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

Saara Ekström: Shadow Codex (2020, 12:30)

Filmed in the empty Turku County Prison, Finland, (active between 1835–2007) Shadow Codex documents the surveillance machinery, architecture and layers of messages drawn, engraved, glued and burned on the prison walls. These markings function as a double exposure: they are passages into the shadows, the darker side of a person’s psyche, but likewise represent the murky dreams of a society which, while attempting to organize a sanitized system of order, hides the “dirt” it generates.

Yassine Khaled: Monitor Man in the Times of Pandemic (2021, 18:23)

Yassine Khaled: Monitor Man in the Time of Pandemic (2021)

Monitor Man in the Time of Pandemic explores global crisis from the time of COVID-19 to the social instabilities in the Western world. Yassine Khaled’s Monitor Man concept aims to transgress national and physical borders by enabling new kind of interaction across virtual meeting points with six participants from three continents.

Elian Mikkola: ARIES (2020, 03:20)

Elian Mikkola: ARIES (2020)

A single window frame; a portal. As the circular nature of time begins to reveal itself, a new decade begins.

HNV Collective: Atomic (2020, 11:53)

HNV Collective: Atomic (2020)

Atomic is a poetic journey, which tells the story of one particular jewel. The jewel was commissioned by the US army in 1945. The ornamental stone is radioactive Trinitite, which was born as a side product of the first nuclear test in New Mexico. In this small object merge total violence, beauty, precious, sublime ja particular materials and human incompleteness.

Alisa Javits: The Wave (2019, 09:39)

Alisa Javits: The Wave (2019)

The Wave is about letting go of the control we try to have over everything and trusting the intuitive feeling which helps us navigate in life. It is about daring to move towards the unseen and personal freedom. 

Anni Puolakka: ᶈenetralia (2018, 13:20)

Anni Puolakka: ᶈenetralia (2018)

ᶈenetralia is the story of person whose memory of an early sexual encounter with a jacuzzi is triggered when she moves into a flat that is above an all-male sauna, a popular underground hookup spot in her neighbourhood. Heat, sounds and condensation from the sauna seep into the flat, causing her to birth a swarm of fishing lures.

Anni Puolakka: Diamond Belly (2018, 11:15)

Anni Puolakka: Diamond Belly (2018)

Diamond Belly explores love and companionship between a human artist, the bot and mosquitoes. The human offers their body as a nourishing ‘baguette’ to the diamond-bellied mosquitoes, envisioning the flies’ bio-chemistry in complementary with their own haematic cycle.

Anni Puolakka: Vanitas (2019, 17:38)

Anni Puolakka: Vanitas (2019)

“Vanity of vanities, says the Preacher, vanity of vanities! All is vanity.” (Eccl. 1:2; 12:8) ‘Vanitas’ portrays four idle characters in the future: a singer, a what-naut, a gamer and an office building. Revolving around the characters’ observations, it wonders about the transient and often meaningless seeming nature of life. 

Maija Tammi & Charles Quevillon: Unheroic Labours #2 (2020, 11:12)

Maija Tammi & Charles Quevillon: Unheroic Labours #2

The work revisits Hercules’s second labour, which was to kill the multi-headed water serpent Hydra. However, in the artwork, killing is replaced with dancing, and the monster Hydra is not the mythic hydra, but rather the real freshwater polyp Hydra. And cats like water.

Maarit Suomi-Väänänen: 5x Minispectacles with Trees and Angels (2020, 06:40)

Maarit Suomi-Väänänen: 5x Minispectacles With Trees and Angels (2020)

Artists Tiina Vainio and Hanne Ivars are talking with nature and spirits. “I hope compassion and kindness for nature and all sentient beings.  All is one, like the pine tree said.” Minispectacles is a series of one-minute films, cinematic haikus. Minispectacles 48-52/100 are talking with trees and angels. All the way to the 100min feature film. Woman with pocket camera.

Markus Viljanen: Outline (2020, 04:05)

Markus Viljanen: Outline (2020)

Outline is a music video and triptych of cafe life. It’s also a short essay on the ontology of images. It shows pictures of people in small heptagon shape Cafe Mutteri in Helsinki.

Markus Viljanen: A Small City Symphony (2020, 02:33)

Markus Viljanen: A Small City Symphony (2020)

A short documentary film about people in the Berlin main railway station. People coming and going, appearing and disappearing.

Markus Viljanen: Stolen Existence (2020, 02:42)

Markus Viljanen: Stolen Existence (2020)

Stolen existence is a short essay on the ontology of images. It is a triptych which shows pictures of people in small heptagon shape Cafe Mutteri in Helsinki.

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