New artists’ moving image in our online archive / October–November ’20 pt II

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


Gun Holmström: The Spiritual Life of a Spruce (2020, 08:00)

Gun Holmström: The Spiritual Life of a Spruce (2020)

A charcoal animation with a message from nature. Life is flow, diversity, and consciousness – and life is holy. Perhaps trees are not as different from humans as we tend to believe. The text was born during numerous meditation sessions in the forest.

Hannu Karjalainen: Daemon (2020, 11:53)

Hannu Karjalainen: Daemon (2020)

Mysterious talking objects are having a conversation in a hostile tone – seemingly on climate change. A woman is sitting motionless in a bathtub listening. The woman embarks on a dreamlike voyage through time and space and goes through a transformation.

Jukka Silokunnas: Transporter (2020, 01:09)

Jukka Silokunnas: Transporter (2020)

Stop motion animation about a forgotten van. Odometer is not running anymore but it does not mean it would not move.

Maria Valkeavuolle: PPD (2018, 02:02)

Maria Valkeavuolle: PPD (2018)

Carnivalesque and hairy. A fantastical escapade, unrestrained and free from disgust. Detached human leg hair march across the screen in the name of liberation from beauty standards.

Documentaries and essay films and videos

Timo Bredenberg: Liquidity (2020, 08:40, in featured image)

Timo Bredenberg: Liquidity (2020)

Liquidity examines the meta-structures and language of economics. It centres around figures of speech and sayings related to the concept of fluidity, which are used to naturalise economic phenomena. The visuality of the work, created with photogrammetry, refers to both the video game Pipe Mania (1989) and J.G. Ballard’s science fiction novel The Drowned World (1962). In Bredenberg’s work, Pipe Mania’s innocent game mechanics transform into metaphors for phenomena hidden within complex systems such as tax evasion and money laundering.

Liinu Grönlund: Observe These Words (2020, 07:24)

Liinu Grönlund: Observe These Words (2020)

Small endangered amphibians live their life in enclosures created by researchers. The wild and the artificial, the past and the future are simultaneously present. Should we fight against the prophecy of destruction, or should we just surrender to the apocalyptic story? What kind of realities and futures do we construct inside our minds and in the outside world?

Eeva-Mari Haikala: Eeva-Mari’s Cries etc. (2020, 12:22)

Eeva-Mari Haikala: Eeva-Mari’s Cries Etc. (2020)

In the video, the artist listens to a c-cassette found from her late parents’ belongings. Her mother has recorded various situations of her first year on tape. The video work was shot in a single shot, and she hears the tape in front of the camera for the first time without knowing its contents in advance.

Carl Sebastian Lindberg: Red Heritage (2018, 21:52)

Carl Sebastian Lindberg: Red Heritage (2018)

Red Heritage is a documentary film about The Finnish Civil War in 1918 from the perspective of one family. The film tells the story of the artist Carl Sebastian Lindberg’s great-grandfather Antti Meritähti who fought for the Red Guards, as told by Lindberg’s relatives. The fact that Lindberg’s great-grandfather fought for the Red Guards is still a taboo in the family. One of the interviewees, the artist’s uncle, is not willing to show his face in the film. We only see his hands.

Maija Tammi: The Problem of the Hydra (2020, 09:40)

Maija Tammi: The Problem of the Hydra (2020)

The Problem of the Hydra is an experimental documentary film about the practical and metaphysical problems a small fresh-water polyp, known as Hydra, has caused since the 1700s to the present day. Contrary to most animals, Hydra vulgaris does not age – at all.

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.