Moderate Manipulations

Henna-Riikka Halonen

Moderate Manipulations offers a critical view on the changing environment and politics. It aims is to show how positions are subject to constant internal and external change and to examine the relation between built and natural environment. The location of the film is one of the last remaining futuristic houses called Futuro, designed by Finnish Architect Matti Suuronen in 1968. Two professional models were hired and dressed in outfits resembling Marimekko's fashion gowns. What part does the Design Innovation play in the future vision of Finland? And what is its relationship with nature, living standards and the economy? Repetition puts emphasis not only on the power relations but also on the expectations for the future. The film becomes as a syntagmatic apparatus, almost a simulation of a chess game, where positions are constantly repeated, calculated and slightly adjusted. This underlines the different positions one takes in relation to future but also refers to the construction of the film itself. Moderate Manipulations is the last part of a Video trilogy consisting of works that examine one's place in society from visual and linguistic starting point and within architectural venues. These works are characterized by layers of past visions from theatre and literature to architecture and design, which in their time represented radical future oriented views.

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Moderate Manipulations
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Hienoista Manipulointia
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Moderate Manipulations
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Minttu Mäntynen (Cinematographer), Henna-Riikka Halonen (Author), Henna-Riikka Halonen (Director), Minttu Mäntynen (Editor), Henna-Riikka Halonen (Writer), Rita Aaltolahti (Actor), Jaana Zaiseva (Actor), Heidi Tikka / AVEK (Funder), Koneen säätiö (Funder), Antti Siniranta (Sound), Paul Becker (Translator), Sari Jaakkola (Voice Over)
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Henna-Riikka Halonen lives and works in Helsinki, Finland. She graduated with BA from Limerick School of Art and Design, Ireland in 2002 and with MFA from Goldsmiths College in London in 2006. She is currently undertaking doctoral studies in the Academy of Fine Arts in Helsinki. Her work has been seen in various exhibitions, biennales and festivals worldwide, such as Sydney Biennale 2014, Eyebeam in New York (2013), Gallery Factory in Seoul, Korea (2012), Transmediale 2012 in Berlin, Berwick Gymnasium Gallery in the UK (2010), Collective Gallery in Edinburgh, Scotland (2009) and International Incheon Women Artstis’ Biennale in Korea (2007).