Name of the work: The Rivals
The Rivals takes a nonhuman approach to the idea of political subjectification. The protagonists in my work are birds, more precisely birds that are performing in youtube videos. At the moment as the spring is full on, there are lot of rivals in the trees trying to take over their territory. And that is the political scene where I brought the rivals from internet.
Name of the work: For the time being, emergency exit only.
Wooden door painted with fluorocent orange, metallic peep-hole, 3D-mouse
handle, UV-light, door phone, 360-video.
Launched in 1889 Kinetoscope was the first commercial motion picture exhibition
device. It was designed for films to be viewed through a peephole
by one individual at a time, creating the illusion of movement by
conveying a strip of perforated film bearing sequential images over a
light source with a high-speed shutter. Soon Kinetoscope was joined with
a cylinder phonograph called kinetophone to produce sound. These devices
together created unprecedented astonishment and confusion of time and
space in the public.
Modern digital reconstruction has constantly transgressed the boundaries
of time and space for the benefit and entertainment of our species. In
the science fiction movie The Matrix(1999) humanity is unknowingly trapped
inside a simulated reality created by intelligent machines. In spite
of all dystopian imagery, our contemporary simulations are desired and
ever more realistic.
In my work For the time being, emergency exit only the simulation has
been suspended in the state of limbo faute de mieux.
The viewer can explore the view seen through the peephole with a special
door handle (3D-mouse) encircled with blue light and simultaneously listen
to the soundscape from the door phone.
For the time being, emergency exit only was exhibited in January 2020 in
Expanded Cinema -exhibition, Exhibition Laboratory, Helsinki, Finland.
Name of the work: Concertto for Film and Orchestra
Duration: 1 hour
Concertto for Film and Orchestra was a collaboration between the students of
Academy of Fine Arts and Sibelius Academy. It was actualized and performed together
with Lappeenranta city orchestra. The musical texture and form of the
piece has been inspired by the process of film developing. As the images on
the film come into existence during the performance so does the audible images
created by the instruments come to live.
Video and Performance:
Paola Guzman Figueroa
Critique in Etelä-Saimaa -news paper:
Annual BFA graduates’ degree exhibition at the
Academy of Fine Arts of Uniarts Helsinki.
Bird feeder with video, Rusty partial bike frame, birds nest under
bicycle seat, binoculars, taxidermy bird
Medium: Iphone 6, Video, Tape, Powerbank
Duration: 3 hours
I wanted to embark on a bike ride to Berlin, and I needed to make
some preparations for it. I checked some tips online and bought Osmo
Soininvaara’s book “Cycling to Nice”. Then I bought a tent, padded
bicycle shorts, a rubber basin plug etc. One evening I went out for
a walk in a forest and found a bike frame that seemed adequate for my
needs. In early June, I jumped into the saddle.
I spent my days looking for food and shelter. There were so many banal
sights that I saw. A bird built a nest underneath the saddle, I
lost my credit card in Lithuania, and I could not find my way around
in Kaliningrad because I could not read the Cyrillic alphabet. The
bird eventually left its nest without laying a single egg. When I arrived
in Berlin, I took photographs of trees that had been numbered.
I was told that there were altogether 440,000 trees and that each
tree had an individual fostering plan.
The exhibition consists of three installations, which are accompanied
by an interactive fundraising for the Taiteen Metsä (‘Forest for
Art’) campaign organised by the Finnish National Heritage Foundation.
The opening of the exhibition featured an evening-long performance
Works were exhibited 20.09.-13.10.2019 in the Exhibition Laboratory,
Merimiehenkatu 36 C, 00150, Helsinki.
Total of 244 names was written on the walls next to the piece for
guessing the species of bird that was hiding in the gallery! That
means that the whole 200€ material grant was donated to Finnish National
Heritage Foundation (https://www.luonnonperintosaatio.fi/fi/taiteen-
Name of the work: Post-Fossil Data?
Computer screen, two hard-drives, jerry-can speaker, hidden computer,
hidden piezo mics, hidden amplifier, hidden mixer, Automated
filetransfer between hard drives
The technological stethoscope is listening to the communication
between two external hard drives. The computer acts as a director
between them, and the jerry can speaker is the narrator.
This system is fully automated: it turns itself on and off during
the gallery opening hours and hibernates in cycles for the sake of
energy consumption. The process loops different file types and file
sizes between the hard drives, making the audible performance varied in time.
Beneath the coulisses of designed cases, one can find informative
labels which are not informative at all for the common user. What
does it mean to be blind to the information given and to the fossil
capitalism that made it all possible in the first place?
The work itself is a part of the issue that it represents but tries
to be self-aware by presenting its total energy consumption via
energy meter connected to the circuit. The data is playing, and
here we are listening the materiality of digitality.
The work was presented in the Suoja/Shelter Festival in June
7-9.2019 at the Space of Free Arts / Vapaan Taiteen Tila
The work has also been part of Sound Art & Sonic Arts: Hidden Materialities
Merimiehenkatu 36 C, 00150, Helsinki
Installations in the photographs are build out of site specific materials and returned after the act of documentation to their original state by decomposition, wind or by myself. Creating these intuitive and experimental happenings were try outs for conscious being with that particular space & time.
Works were exhibited in a group exhibition called The Latency of the Images in January 2019 in the Exhibition Laboratory, Helsinki.
Inkjet prints on aluminium, Inkjet print on plywood, dead branches
Name of the work: Yucca Elephantipes Artificiālis
I ordered an artificial Yucca palm tree from China, assembled it and planted it in the motorway interchange in Nokia, Finland.
2018 KAIPUU Festival; Sattuma-klubi, Helsinki, Finland
2018, Filmiversumi, Savoy-teatteri, Helsinki, Finland
Name of the work: Totem
Duration: 22:02 min
2020 Feel Helsinki festival, Helsingin Musiikkitalo, Finland
2020 Hyvinkää Halo Light Festival, Hyvinkää, Finland
For the question: fix the nature or fix our own nature?
I built a totem from blocks of birch and repeated the performance three times. Each time I got further.
Name of the work: The Void
Uncapitals residence project, Norway, 2018
Premiere 2018, Sigrids Gallery, Kjøllefjord, Norway
Anton Riabinin, Verneri Salonen
Sasha Kozin, Camilia Schnack Tellefsen, Maria Lothe, Ksenia Shchetneva
Sound & 3d:
INSIDE/OUTSIDE THE BOX.
A film project from the exhibition Numur – Islam ja minä.
Numur – Islam ja minä -Exhibition was shown in Stoa gallery in Helsinki 1.11.‒17.11.2017 and in Migration Institute of Finland in Turku 26.2.‒18.3.2018.
May Ahmed, Verneri Salonen, Helena Oikarinen-Jabai
Cinematography and sound:
Name of the work: Riippumaton ajattelija
Trailer/teaser duration: 11:25 min
My ongoing film project Riippumaton ajattelija situates its tangible world in the liminal space of fact and fiction. It is exploring the wild, the unknown and the eccentric being who feels himself as the other of the society. Untamed/Wild/the Other is vital condition of human existence and our societies. This other does not reveal itself automatically, but it must be pursued and resurfaced –if not otherwise then because of the strong modernistic tradition is constantly trying to marginalize it. If we ignore the other from our society, we lose the possibility to choose –choose the alternative of cohabiting the world with the other, learn from the other, in respectful, caring, communicating way without the need for domination, whatever this other may be in the given space and time. I have been filming my hermit father for this experimental film project since 2017. The final film is a mix of documentary and fiction/fantasy.