What There Is to See

Jaana Kokko

'What There Is to See' is a chain of associations of sorts. The film could ask, for example: How would the urban landscape look like, if our decisions would be based on touch, sound, temperature or air pressure instead of visual appearance? The starting point for the film is the pioneer of romantic landscape painting, Caspar David Friedrich, a white European man. The romantic landscape era, followed by nationalist and colonialist landscapes, is examined in the film for instance through a French children's book Babar by Jean de Brunoff. In the true spirit of colonialism, Babar the Elephant presents us a utopian city in a civilized country. These two key parts of the composition are viewed against the background of a new residential area in Jätkäsaari, Helsinki and they form the basis of the story. Actors in the film are from the Theatre of Visually Impared people.

Production Year
Original Title
Mitä on Nähdä
Finnish Title

Mitä on Nähdä

English Title

What There Is to See

Production Countries
Jaana Kokko (Author), Jarkko Virtanen (Cinematographer), Jaana Kokko (Director), Jaana Kokko (Editor), Joose Ojala (Music), Riikka Hänninen (Music), Jaana Kokko (Script), Markus Tihumäki (Actor), Joose Ojala (Actor), Jari Gusev (Actor), Riikka Hänninen (Actor), Anniina Latikka (Actor), Marianne Tenhami (Actor), Jaakko Rinne (Color Grading), TAIKE (Funder), AVEK - The Promotion Centre for Audiovisual Culture (Funder), Kone Foundation (Funder), Joonatan Hietanen (Recordist), Samy Kramer (Sound Design)
Press Photos
Jaana Kokko is an artist living currently in Espoo, Finland. Kokko graduated as a Master of Arts in 2002 and is currently a Ph.D. candidate at Aalto University School of Art, Design and Architecture. She is interested not only in the exploration of the expressive and historical aspects of art, but also in the understanding of the political act of making and displaying it publicly. Her works have been seen extensively in international festivals and screenings, as well as in solo and group exhibitions including Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova in Turku, Finland (2014), OKK in Berlin; Pori Art Museum, Finland (2013), Moderna Museet in Stockholm (2012), The National Art Center in Tokyo (2012) and Optica – Center for Contemporary Art in Montréal (2010).