Uneasy Ride – the Book

I made a small edition of my thesis book Uneasy Ride – Chasing Freedom, Facing Devastation available for ‘public consumption’. Published by PARAFERAL, the edition is 20 copies only. As of writing this a few copies are up for grabs via the renewed PARAFERAL website.

Written in English, rich in photographic illustrations.
Pro-printed, softcover, 80 pages.
Size 20 cm x 25 cm.

Go get yours now if interested!


This thesis examines the essential themes of the road movie film genre and their relation to certain contemporary issues and my own artistic practice. The point of view is that of a visual artist who works with moving image and sound and who reveres sovereignty and equality, suffers from climate anxiety and drives an automobile. In addition to the written part, the thesis consists of an artistic production which is a video installation.

The research material consists of a selection of films, beginning with classic American road movies. The thesis also examines a number of films that are not road movies per se, but they serve as a continuation of the themes, illustrating a vision of a near future that is undesirable but at worst inevitable. Additionally the text examines selected experimental films that are either relevant to the subject matter or influential to the author’s working methods and aesthetic practices. The literary research material includes books and articles that elaborate on the themes brought forth in the films from various points of view.

The research begins with various phenomena influential to the emergence of the road movie genre, from the developments in cinema and technology to the counterculture movements of the 1960s. The themes selected for further study are the pursuit of freedom, the rebellion, and the transformation of the passenger enabled by the journey. The themes are entwined with the Western notions of freedom and the human condition, the long history of consciousness expansion, and environmental disasters.

Additionally the text describes the two-channel video installation also called Uneasy Ride. The artistic process at the crossroads of image, sound and the selected themes is discussed. Most of the material for the work was filmed on the road. The filming trips and the writing overlapped and influenced each other, in particular the experiences of being on the road sustained the written part.

The written part of the thesis uses the films as a metaphor of the human condition and the current global problems surrounding us. The artistic part attempts to communicate on an emotional level and by audiovisual means something unattainable by words alone.


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Lithographic prints for sale

Posted a selection of lithographic art prints I made a couple of years back on Instagram, willing to part with these, if you’re interested in obtaining one or more please get in touch. The pics posted are cropped & optimized for Instagram, full images of the prints available on request.

As of writing this there are reservations on a couple but don’t hesitate to inquire. Thanks!

“Secret Chief I” (detail)
Tpl’a 1/2
28cm x 17cm

“Sunya (OneEye)” (detail)
Test print 1/1
25cm x 22cm

“X X X” (detail)
Tpl’a 1/1
18cm x 29cm

“Flapper” (detail)
Tpl’a 1/1
25cm x 17cm

Tpl’a 1/1
28cm x 21cm

“Sunya” (detail)
Tpl’a 2/2
28cm x 21cm

“Selfie via Kurenniemi”
Tpl’a 1/1
19cm x 24cm

Tpl’a 1/1
30cm x 21cm

“Tuduur” (detail)
Tpl’a 1/1
22cm x 30cm

“Morphic Resonance” (detail)
Tpl’a 1/1
28cm x 19cm

“Descent (Tard)”
Tpl’a 1/1
30cm x 21cm

Tpl’a 1/2
22cm x 30cm

All of the above are xerox lithographies, my favourite printmaking technique. Every plate is unique, edition here means how many plates with a similar motif and design were made in the session.