Bremer's Nightmare

Marja Viitahuhta

Robert Bremer (1777-1844) was a Finnish miner, factory owner, alchemist and astronomer who predicted a deluge that would flood over the city of Turku in 1827. He had boats attached underneath the windows of his family members in case the water would start rising some night. However, since the deluge never came, he built a church in the village of Teijo to thank his God for being only an errant human being. In Bremer's nightmare, there is an old wooden child's bed tilted in a corner of a dark room. There is a video of blurry white waves of black sea water projected onto the bed and a saxophone sound that resembles a foghorn, coming from beneath or within the bed.

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Original Title
Bremerin painajainen
Finnish Title

Bremerin painajainen


English Title

Bremer's Nightmare

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Marja Viitahuhta (Author), Marja Viitahuhta (Cinematographer), Taneli Viitahuhta (Composer), Marja Viitahuhta (Director), Marja Viitahuhta (Editor), Marja Viitahuhta (Script), Taneli Viitahuhta (Sound Design), Marja Viitahuhta (Sound Design), Taiteen edistämiskeskus (Funder), Suomen Kulttuurirahasto (Funder), Alfred Kordelinin säätiö (Funder)
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Marja Viitahuhta (formerly Mikkonen) is a Helsinki-based media artist and filmmaker. Her works range from films, performances and installations to photography and collage. She holds a BA degree in performance art from the Turku Polytechnic Arts Academy and an MFA degree from the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts. She has been awarded internationally at Cannes (Cinéfondation), Stuttgarter Filmwinter, Mediawave and L’Alternativa film festivals. Viitahuhta's recurring themes focus on perception and experience of female protagonists. Her works deconstruct individual identities, memories, or the idealised imagery of nations and landscapes. Her work often speaks in an intimate and personal tone and deals with existence and mortality. The text and image are set in a dialogue in Viitahuhta’s experimental language. Viitahuhta often bases her work on documentary filmmaking, archive material and found images as well as interviews.