The Factory of the World

Minna Rainio

The Factory of the World presents video images from a former electronics factory in northern Finland. The factory was closed in 2003 when the production was moved to China. The images are juxtaposed with audio narration about working conditions in Chinese factories. The work observes how the lives and destinies of workers in China and in Finland are connected in the global networks of commerce and capitalism.

Production Year
2014
Duration
00:08:00
Type
Genre
Tags
Original Title
The Factory of the World
English Title

The Factory of the World

Production Countries
Finland
Dialogue
Yes
Sound
Yes
Cast
Minna Rainio (Author), Mark Roberts (Author), Minna Rainio (Cinematographer), Mark Roberts (Cinematographer), Strauss Festival Orchestra (Composer), Taipei Municipal Chinese Classical Orchestra (Composer), Mark Roberts (Director), Minna Rainio (Director), Minna Rainio (Editor), Mark Roberts (Editor), Mark Roberts (Script), Minna Rainio (Script), Mark Roberts (Sound Design), Maria Kunnari (Actor), Arts Promotion Centre Finland (Funder)
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Minna Rainio is a photographer and media artist. She holds a BA degree from Surrey Institute of Art and Design, England and MA from University of Lapland, Finland and completed her PhD in 2014. Rainio has worked as a visiting Professor at the University of Minnesota, USA and as Lecturer at the University of Lapland. She collaborates with visual artist Mark Roberts. Together they combine media art, conceptual art and documentary to deal with social and political issues. Rainio and Roberts have exhibited widely in Finland, Europe and United States including Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma in Helsinki (2004), Finnish Photography Triennial 2006 at Salo Art Museum, Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst in Aachen, Germany (2008), and Finnish Cultural Institute in Paris (2008), as well as numerous international festivals.