9.9 – 1.10 2017


Narrative Tremor is compiled by the artist Mika Taanila and looks at the short but rich tradition of experimental film and video art in Finland.

Supported by AV-arkki Distribution Centre for Finnish Media Art.
Part of Nordisk Panorama Film Festival 2017.

Jan Bark & Erkki Kurenniemi: Spindrift (1966/2013, 13’59'')

This wild cybernetic film is the first ever computer animation made in Finland. In the spirit of true Nordic collaboration it was shot in Helsinki University’s Department of Nuclear Physics and strangely enough produced and broadcasted by Swedish television SVT. Images by Kurenniemi, music by Bark..

Timo Aarniala, Pirjo Honkasalo, Anki Lindqvist, Timo Linnasalo, Inger Nylund, Erkki Seiro: The Whole Truth and Nothing But The Truth (1968, 2’31'')

A woman repeatedly visits a hairdressing salon in fragmented close-ups. Towards the end we hear her voice saying: "Did I forget something?" The electronic soundtrack of this serial work is made by manipulating the whirring sounds of equipment in the salon, transposing the mundane situation beyond realism, into a shadowy land of ghosts.

Pasi ”Sleeping” Myllymäki: Horizontal (1979, 3’37'')

A formalist kitchen experiment with light, colour and sound by the Hämeenlinna-based master of super 8mm filmmaking practice. The eerie soundtrack is made up of the swaying hum of an acoustic guitar produced by manipulating the speed of a reel-to-reel tape recorder.

Johan Oja: Voikukalla soittelua (”Playing Dandelions”, 1990, 1’33'')

This musical video piece is a peek into the mythical Finnish summer moods and its enigmatic vibes. Created spontaneously by the DIY-artist Johan Oja with his mate Timo Laakso on camera while they were both working in Paloniemi Hospital in Lohja. “As long as I can remember, I have always blowed into the dandelion stems,” recalls Oja.

Eino Ruutsalo: Kinescope (1960–1991, 9’52'')

A rapid collage of unused footage from the artist’s own previous cinematic works: commercials, feature films, commissioned information films and kinetic experiments, as well as unexposed stock. Ruutsalo and his assistant Anne Laitinen damaged the 35mm footage by scratching the celluloid, throwing it on the floor and walking on it. On the electronic soundtrack we hear Henrik Otto Donner, Erkki Kurenniemi and Ruutsalo banging the blues away in 1967.

Denise Ziegler: Mitä sinulla on taskussasi (”The Things You Have in Your Pockets”, 1992, 3’50'')

A confession-style ”video poem” embracing the everyday objects we constantly carry along: ”I don’t know where this key belongs to.” Made by the Swiss visual artist Denise Ziegler after having moved to Finland.

Juha van Ingen: (Dis)integrator (1992, 4’19'')

We witness how ”the television is the disintegrator” until its sound and image deteriorate step by step in front of our eyes. An iconic piece of Finnish video art, echoing smoothly the concept of Alvin Lucier’s musical composition I Am Sitting In A Room (1969).

Laura Joutsi: Silta (”The Bridge”, 1993, 1’)

A minimalist piece of observational cinema. An anticipation of an approaching train climaxes with the sensation of automatic camera exposure, revealing us to another, more expanded view.

Salla Tykkä: Giant (2014, 12’49'')

A short film where young girls study the discipline of gymnastics at the Communist-era schools of Onesti and Deva in Romania. A wonderfully complex emotional work that is both a tour de force of cinematic means and a thought-provoking social essay on the search for perfection inside a modernist sports centre.

Petteri Cederberg: Värin – äänin (“With Colour – With Sound”, 2016, 5’28'')

Dense and subtle soundtrack is accompanied by haunting abstractions. Music for the eyes meet melting and dripping colours for the ears.

Pekka Sassi: A Friend (2016, 2’22'')

Perfect analogue and digital friendship in this recent work of a highly prolific visual artist Pekka Sassi. The piece is ”an hommage to Lis Rhodes and Donovan,” as the artist himself has stated

Program notes by Mika Taanila

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