Contrecourant

Pauliina Salminen

In this series of portraits, people are filmed under water, saying something they would not or could not say otherwise. They may be expressing anger or other emotions, or telling a secret. The characters are shown in close-ups while they stay underwater, making their declaration as long as they can, until the lack of air forces them back to the surface. The facial expressions caused by shouting against the resistance of water mixed with bubbles convey a strong, explosive emotional charge. However, the explosion stays under the surface and water smoothens sharp gestures and muffles sounds. The scream becomes a shrill, indistinct noise, covered by the resonance of bubbles.

Production Year
2014
Duration
00:01:40
Type
Genre
Tags
Original Title
Contrecourant
Finnish Title

Vastavirtaan

English Title

Contrecourant

Production Countries
France
Dialogue
No
Sound
Yes
Cast
Pauliina Salminen (Author), Pauliina Salminen (Cinematographer), Pauliina Salminen (Director), Pauliina Salminen (Script), Pauliina Salminen (Editor), Pauliina Salminen (Sound Design)
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Pauliina Salminen is a Finnish artist who graduated from Turku School of Arts and Communication in 1999 and from Université de Provencessa in Marseille, France in 2001. She has directed documentaries and made alternative films and media art. Her work consists of installations, interactive works and linear videos. Since 2004, Salminen has collaborated with Argentinean artist Andrés Jaschek. Together they have produced works that combine video, interactive and communal approaches. Their works have been presented in Finland and abroad, especially in France and also in Italy, Spain, Turkey, India and the United States.