Out 2 collective film installation @ Venice Biennale

Out 2 is a collective film installation and related explorative events, inspired by Jacques Rivette’s enigmatic 13-hour film Out 1: Noli Me Tangere (1971). Out 2 investigates “accessibility” to contemporaneity via historical moments. It intertwines documentary and fabricated fragments, also produced in the event, into a sculptural moving image composition.

Friday, August 18, 2017 – 11:00
to Sunday, August 27, 2017 – 21:00
Sala del Camino, Venice – Research Pavilion
Out 2 info @ Uniarts Helsinki
Out 2 Facebook event

Out 2 group:
Harri Laakso and Maiju Loukola (artist-researchers responsible for the project), Laura Jarvey, Riikka Theresa Innanen, Outi Yli-Viikari, Saara Tamminen, Jernej Cucek Gerbec, Matti Tanskanen, Niko Nurmi, Ragnar Águstsson, Joel Autio, Eero Tiainen, Valeria Nekhaeva, Niko Skorpio, Ali Mehta, Aneta Atsova, Katja Lautamatti, Henna Herranen, Katri Miettinen, Tatiana Melnikova, Jakub Bobrowski, Ilona Lehtonen, Victor Pereira Pardinho, Jelena Rosic, Adriana Delgado / MA and DA students from ViCCA MA programme in Visual Culture and contemporary art, ELO Dept. of Film, tv and Scenography & Medialab at Aalto ARTS Helsinki.

Installation photos by Maiju Loukola
Frame grabs by Niko Skorpio

 

 

Self-portrait as “Ghost” for OUT 2
(Niko Skorpio, October 2016)

TH€€€F – I

Coinciding with Bandcamp’s campaign to support human rights, the debut TH€€€F album is released today. Also the first title on my new imprint PARAFERAL Sound (PFS1701).

Instant download in any format (from mp3 to 48kHz/24bit lossless).

Coming up: Limited hand-crafted CDr art edition with exclusive content, includes instant download and access to high quality 96kHz/24bit files.

SonoLuminal Day Spa

SonoLuminal Day Spa

SonoLuminal Day Spa
5x colored lights (yellow, orange, green, blue, violet), mattresses, bedsheet, pillows, media players and headphones with stereo sound. Installed in the former ADD Lab space in Otaniemi, Espoo, 2016/12/09. Realized in collaboration with Axel Ball, Sofi Häkkinen, Suhyun Kim, Ilai Elias Lehto.

SonoLuminal Day Spa

SonoLuminal Day Spa

Leonard Cohen and Donald Trump as male role models

Following the discourse on a crisis of masculinity and a lack of male role models, let’s compare the two men that hit the news headlines worldwide this week, Donald Trump and Leonard Cohen. I take special interest in their attitude towards women.

Donald Trump (image: BBC)

“Grab them by the pussy. You can do anything.” (source)
— Donald Trump, businessman and reality tv star, elected as the next president of the USA.

Leonard Cohen (Gonzales Photo/Tord Litleskare/Corbis via Vulture.com)

“I wish the women would hurry up and take over […] Then we can finally recognize that women really are the minds and the force that holds everything together” (source)
— Leonard Cohen, singer, songwriter and poet, who passed away at 82.

Yes, it’s quite selective and black-and-white, but still very revealing concerning these public images are present in media and as such are influential characters.

Cohen always appeared as the perfect gentleman, respectful and respected, while Trump acts like a schoolyard bully who never grew up. In this context, the circumstance of events —one passed away, the other soon a president— is most unfortunate.

On a positive note, Leonard Cohen’s work and persona will not be forgotten. And there’s hope (isn’t there always hope?) that Trump will reveal a more respectful side of himself once he’s finally “on top of the world”, if that would finally give him enough self-respect…?

PARAFERAL

PARAFERALTime to begin revealing things I’ve been preparing some time. PARAFERAL is my studio and a new creative outlet for visual, sonic and other productions. A great deal of the work remains under the surface, but some things will soon begin to pop up for public consumption.

There’s also a page on FB. Like it if you do. The rest of social media will be permeated in time…

A Glimpse of Sleep

Setting up prints

The other day I set up some photographic prints and a video for an exhibition in Humppila. The photos present a brief early selection from something I’m currently working on, now known as Centennial Sleep (Satavuotinen uni).

Beyond the Wall of SleepThe moving image piece is called From Beyond the Wall of Sleep (Unen seinämän takaa), a video installation for 4:3 CRT TV.

I’ll leave further details offline for now. Those within reach, go and check them out.

5.-24.7.2016
Taidemakasiini ITU
Perkiöntie 13, Humppila

 

Emergence in Reverse

A little exercise in thought, following from the previous post.

Brexit will actually have a snowball effect, in which countries leaving the EU would only be the first step. There are already signs of it in Britain, with speculations of Scotland voting for independence. In Finland’s case it would go own, beginning with Lapland claiming independence. Next, provinces would leave Finland and claim for independence.

On and on, until we reach the individual human being, who claims independence from any groups or entities supposedly “governing” her. Individuality. There. Not a bad ending for such a horrific flick.

In the sequel, the individual gets what is due. We will see individual organs gaining independence from the body. Inside organs, cells would claim independence, then molecules, atoms, electrons, on and on until the quantum foam which, according to our current beliefs, forms the indivisible base layer in the fabric of the universe.

Down there… would we finally realise that all separation is essentially illusion and deep within us we are all one?

A universe-size monster in perpetual autoerotocannibalist binge! Face it, that’s what we are deep down and on the surface. Let’s drink to that.

And tomorrow morning, it’s time to wake up and clean up our act.

Midsummer Blues

I woke up this morning to hearing that Great Britain had voted for leaving the EU. Lots of speculations about what happens next is going on everywhere, but I won’t go into that.

My thoughts drifted along to wondering why people voted the way they did (both for and against). I figure it’s not much to do with reason or logic, but mostly emotions. Indeed, studies indicate humans tend to make decisions mostly based on emotions, and then find suitable reasoning based on those emotions to justify their decisions.

In this case, as well as with related recent events in Europe (and elsewhere), I think it’s all down to the philosophical question of what it is to be human these days on planet earth. As a human being, what kinds of groups you identify with, and whether you as a self-perceived member of a group favour integration or separation with other kinds of groups.

Personally I ‘ve always felt* being a citizen of the Planet Earth rather than a citizen of Finland or any other arbitrary splinter group. Such groups by definition seem too exclusive and restrictive to identify with.

(* See? This, too, is rooted in emotion and rationalised with the the kind of logic I find suitable.)

Nationalism was a project that, like all projects had its good and bad sides, but seriously, its time has gone. Our greatest problems are global, and they must be dealt with on a global level. We’ll never reach that goal with the current situation of nation states competing over diminishing resources, each measuring their success based on the misfortunes of their competitors.