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MILJA VIITA “Coriolis – on the planetary wind which united twins” 10 February -4 March 2012 MUU galleria

viita-muu-gallery“An effect whereby a mass moving in a rotating system experiences a force (the Coriolis force) acting perpendicular to the direction of motion and to the axis of rotation.

On the earth, the effect tends to deflect moving objects to the right in the northern hemisphere and to the left in the southern and is important in the formation of cyclonic weather systems.”(Source: Oxford Dictionaries)

The Coriolis installation is a three-channel poetic documentary about identical twins, Marthe and Martine, who are separated by the world.

A caregiver of the elderly, Martine lives currently in Helsinki, while Marthe, who works as a dressmaker, still lives in their native country, Togo. The two sisters come from a region where the great forces of the climate, planetary winds, arise.

BACKGROUND

“In spring 2009, I had won the media art competition organised by the MUU association and the Siemenpuu Foundation, and I had travelled to film my work in Kenya. When I arrived, I noticed the laundry drying in the wind. I had just travelled in just a few hours from the Helsinki Airport to Watamutu on the Kenyan coast, and I felt slightly unreal. At that moment I had a sensation that everything shrank, that my own personal world of experience, my history and my relationship to other people became lucid and comprehensible.

I understood that our physical experience of the world, its coldness, heat and winds, not only connect those of us who are contemporaries, they also connect us to history and past events. The memory of the wind lingered in my mind until I gained a distance from the subject and found a way to approach it, and that’s how I got the idea for Coriolis.

The work was shot in 2011 in various places, including the Gulf of Guinea in Africa, and Helsinki, and it now receives its premiere in the MUU gallery.


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I wish to thank Villa Karo, the Finnish Cultural Foundation, Visek and the production advisor for media art at AVEK, the Promotion Centre for Audiovisual Culture, for their support and faith in my work.”

Milja Viita graduated from Department of Time and Space Arts at the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts in 2005. She has exhibited her work in group and joint exhibitions in Kiasma, Kunsthalle Helsinki, the Mänttä Art Festival and many other video and media art festivals both in Finland and abroad. Viita won the media art competition organised by MUU and the Siemenpuu Foundation in 2009 with her video installation Return of Birdsong. Viita’s works are typically characterised by a visual narrative which gives significance to memories or to small, familiar things.

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