More new works in AV-arkki’s archive! Winter ’23

Featured image: Dora Dalila Cheffi: Tunisian Dance Tutorial With Mamou (2023)

Discover AV-arkki’s latest acquisitions for our online archive below. For professional preview, please register to see the full-length versions.

Jaakko Autio: On the Border (2022, installation)

Jaakko Autio: On the Border (2022)

On The Border is a sound installation depicting cross-border encounters and reflections on identity in the city of Narva. The piece brings together singers from four choirs and music that intertwines the melodies of the Finnish and Estonian national anthems.

Jaakko Autio: As Time Sounds (2021, installation)

Jaakko Autio: As Time Sounds (2021)

As Time Sounds is a sound installation that draws inspiration from the traditional Finnish Kalevala. Presented at the Retretti exhibition space, the piece combines a ritualistic stone circle and the voices of eight singers, evoking a sense of ancient ritual.

Jaakko Autio: Intimacy (2022, installation)

Jaakko Autio: Intimacy (2022)

Intimacy is a sound art installation combining music, space, and communal art. The work invites the viewer to contemplate the significance of human interaction and connection to one’s inner self.

Dora Dalila Cheffi: Tunisian Dance Tutorial With Mamou (2023, 05:06)

Dora Dalila Cheffi: Tunisian Dance Tutorial With Mamou (2023)

The video shows charismatic showman Mamou teaching Tunisian dance moves in the spirit of Åke Blomqvist’s legendary dance school from the 1970s. The artist Dora Dalila Cheffi – who is of Tunisian-Finnish origin – interrogates the function of dance moves in Tunisian society as a tool for blurring the borders of feminine and masculine. Viewers are encouraged to mimic the movements depicted in the video.

Saara Ekström: Geopsyche (2024, 23:03)

Saara Ekström: Geopsyche (2024

Geopsyche is a journey into deep time – the remarkably slow geological events beyond the reach of our comprehension. By searching for connections between geology, evolution and the subconscious, the film escorts us towards mythical landscapes and a consciousness amassed in the earth’s chronicles, where the existence of humans is just a single era and layer in future sediments to come. 

Anssi Kasitonni: Pena’s Special Hauling (2024, 11:43)

Anssi Kasitonni: Pena’s Special Hauling (2024)

Pena has been driving a semi-truck for 50 years and that’s the way he wants it to be in the future as well. He has some slight memory issues but it is not going to stop him.

Jaana Kokko: Roma Mountain (2022, 38:20)

Jaana Kokko: Roma Mountain (2022)

The film Roma Mountain has as its starting point the political awakening of Finnish-Estonian writer and leftist politician Hella Wuolijoki (1886-1954) and how she describes it in her memoirs. This awakening happened in her garden in Walga, in 1906 during the aftermath of the First Russian revolution of 1905.

Instead of focusing on the writer’s significance, the film listens to the parts of history that are not well-written. One such event is the silenced genocide of the Roma people in the Baltics, experienced and told by a Roma woman.

Anna Sofia Nylund: Seize the Moment (2022, 14:04)

Anna Sofia Nylund: Seize the Moment (2022)

A mother spends alone time in nature with high expectations of its magic powers.

Anu Pennanen: 5, 50, 100 Years From Now (2023, 16:54)

Anu Pennanen: 5, 50, 100 Years From Now (2023)

5, 50, 100 Years from Now looks to the future in an era of resource-based conflict and global environmental crisis. The short essay video is based on Neste gas station customer’s reflections on what the future will look like. 5, 50, 100 Years from Now weaves together people’s imagination with the associative imagery of the circulation of cars and the filling of petrol tanks – the endlessly rotating movement of fossil economy.

Pilvari Pirtola: f41 (2023, 02:01)

Pilvari Pirtola: f41 (2023)

Code F41.1 is the diagnosis code used for Generalized Anxiety Disorder. It is an anxiety disorder characterized by excessive, uncontrollable and often irrational worry, that is, apprehensive expectations about events or activities. This excessive worry often interferes with daily functioning.

Pilvari Pirtola: RGB Experiment #001 (2023, 06:03)

Pilvari Pirtola: RGB Experiment #001

RGB Experiment #001 is the first in a series of experiments on color film. The work inspects separately filmed colors in depth.

Leena Pukki: Decomposer Syndicate (2020, installation)

Leena Pukki: Decomposer Syndicate (2020)

It is the year 2070. With the changes in the economic system and rationalisation of consumption, various decomposer organisms have become even more important to society. Fungi have taught humans how to communicate between different species. Pennant flags are back in fashion. The activist group Decomposer Syndicate has gathered to write a manifesto. The installation shows a meeting room of an activist group called Decomposer Syndicate. The atmosphere is expectant, the syndicate members have left for a moment and will return any minute.

Sami Sänpäkkilä: Ritual for the Rainbow (2023, 18:35)

Sami Sänpäkkilä: Ritual for the Rainbow (2023)

Ritual for the Rainbow is a story about four preteens who live outside of society’s safety nets due to domestic violence. Ariel, Rupi, Liisa, and Hemmo make a living by shooting rats at a junkyard and collecting empty bottles. They lack role models and authority figures until they meet a Wiccan who organises rituals to teach them confidence and how to combat violence and patriarchy — for a fee, of course.

Annu Timonen: Broken Flora (2021, 05:35)

Annu Timonen: Broken Flora (2021)

Broken Flora is based on the scientific argument that states that the UV pigments of plants have begun to change in response to climate change. The work exposes the saturated colors of the world of the transformed flora that scientists say is invisible to the naked eye. Broken Flora takes place in the future as it examines the ways in which nature transforms, reproduces and survives. 

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