Morrison & Friends

Paula Lehtonen

Documentary videoart piece Morrison & Friends depicts interspecies communications between humans and an alpaca. Morrison alpaca works with animal-assisted activities and alpaca therapy, visiting nursing homes with his trainer Tarja Jokinen. As a therapy animal, Morrison is used to interacting with people and he is not intimidated by people working behind cameras. This made it possible to create an environment in the studio where the participants seemingly simply needed to be present. Having all these beings spending time together was the basis for Morrison & Friends.

Production Year
2021
Duration
00:26:50
Type
Genre
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Original Title
Ystävämme Morrison
Finnish Title

Ystävämme Morrison

English Title

Morrison & Friends

Production Countries
Finland
Dialogue
Yes
Sound
Yes
Cast
Paula Lehtonen (Author), Mikko Peura (Cinematographer), Paavo Lehtonen (Cinematographer), Kristian Ekholm (Composer), Paula Lehtonen (Director), Paula Lehtonen (Editor), Paula Lehtonen (Producer), Paula Lehtonen (Script), Kristian Ekholm (Sound Design), Tarja Jokinen (Actor), Rasmus Hedlund (Actor), Eero Yli-Vakkuri (Actor), Alpakka Morrison (Actor), Anna-Sofia Sysser (Actor), Johanna Blom (Actor), VISEK (Funder), TAIKE (Funder)
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Paula Lehtonen is a media artist working with spatial video. Her work explores the process of digitalisation while expressing a primal yearning for a return to nature. Lehtonen was awarded a Master’s degree by the Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture (Media Lab) in 2013.