Swan Song

Jani Ruscica

A poetic depiction of Sicilian folklore traditions, Swan Song is a farewell to a time that no longer exists. Rinaldo, a traditional Sicilian marionette, plays out his epic duel against the oblivion. A folk song, performed by old Sicilians, serves as the backbone of the piece. The song arouses memories and creates a sense of community.

Production Year
2004
Duration
00:07:43
Type
Genre
Tags
Original Title
Swan Song
Finnish Title
Swan Song
English Title
Swan Song
Production Countries
Finland
Dialogue
Yes
Aspect Ratio
16:9
Sound
Yes
Cast
Halldor Ulfarsson (Artist), Jani Ruscica (Author), Jani Ruscica (Director), Jani Ruscica (Editor), Daniel Lindholm (Editor), Jani Ruscica (Producer), Jani Ruscica (Script), Jani Ruscica (Camera), Daniel Lindholm (Camera), Sini Pelkki (Camera), Seppo Salminen / Academy of Fine Arts (Funder), Veli Granö / AVEK - The Promotion Centre for Audiovisual Culture (Funder), Olli Rautiainen (Instrumentalist), Arttu Peltomaa (Lighting), Henri Lehtinen (Lighting), Sini Pelkki (Photographer), Jenni Aarniala (Sound)
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Jani Ruscica is an artist working with video, photography, sculpture and other media. Ruscica is based in Helsinki and was educated at Chelsea College of Art and Design in London and at the Academy of Fine Art in Helsinki. Ruscica's self reflexive works explore the intersection between cinema, video art, theatre and performance. Ruscica has worked with scientists, theatre makers and street performers. Recent exhibitions include Casino Luxembourg, 5th Momentum Biennial in Moss, Norway (2009) and Bonniers Konsthall in Stockholm (2009), Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma in Helsinki (2009), as well as screenings in institutions such as Centre Pompidou in Paris, TATE Modern in London and MoMA in New York.