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MUU Video 2014 – a collection of drawn, stop motion and computer-generated animations

MUU Video 2014

Artists:
Annika Dahlsten, Päivi Hirsiaho, Maippi Ketola, Leevi Lehtinen, Pekka Niittyvirta,
Roberto Pugliese, Kai Rennes, Tommi Matikka.

Finnish animation celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2014. “MUU Video 2014” is a collection of nine animations, both more traditional puppet animation as well as computer-generated animations. The collection’s eight artists are the current generation Finnish artists or artists based in Finland. The works are a selection of MUU Gallery’s program year 2013-15, and the works are selected by Artist’s Association MUU’s director Timo Soppela.

THE ARTISTS AND THEIR WORKS:

Annika Dahlsten
Lintukoto (Safe Haven)
2013, 4 min 50 sec

In a surrealistic animation a raven is born to an unknown world, and learns to live by its rules. It faces troubles, and the Robin becomes a savier. The topic of the animation is the after life; death and immortality. Birds, also known as the messengers between different worlds, function as my interpretors.

Safe Haven refers to Lintukoto, the old Finnish myth about a miniature world, that situated far south, under the sleeve of the heaven, where the sky and the earth met. Birds migrated to this world following the Milky Way, and human souls could find final rest after death in there.

Annika Dahlsten, born in 1975 in Vaasa lives and works in Turku, Finland. Annika Dahlsten is a visual artist who works with animation, printmaking, photography and video. She graduated from Turku Arts Academy 2003 (BA in visual arts), and is currently continuing her studies at Turku University in MA degree program and Turku Arts Academy in animation department (BA). Her works have been exhibited in Finland, Belgium, Scotland Sweden and Baltic countries. The themes of her works often include borderline states: the pauses between absence and presence, or moments when reality is distorted and something familiar and ordinary turns strange.

Päivi Hirsiaho
Foxtrot
4 min 08 sec, 2013
Volvo 70
2 min 58 sec, 2012

“Foxtrot” is a animated short film, that tells a little story of an old lady and a city fox. They both struggle in their everyday lives in the city. Together living might be a little easier… “Volvo” tells a story of one woman, one man and one Volvo tractor. Both animations are done by mixed media and old school animation techniques; charcoal drawing on black and white laser printed photographs and drawings. Everything from animation to melancholic guitars are made by the artist Päivi Hirsiaho.

Päivi Hirsiaho is an animator and sound artist from Pori, Finland. Hirsiaho does everything herself to her animations; from animating to sound composing and guitar playing.

Maippi Ketola
Holy Dolls
kesto 2 min 59 sec, 2013

Maippi Ketola, born 1980 and living and working in Helsinki, studied graphic design in University of Arts and Design and later started to make animation. Her art goes from video to performance and installation. Maippi Ketola muses herself by telling stories created by herself. For her process on making art is series of innovations. Being able to see things and stories where there is nothing to see and seeing possible materials where there is no materials. It is kind of mind game where everything is possible. World is full of different truths so for her it´s not important to tell another truth, better to tell good stories.

“Holy Dolls” is a grand meeting of nations, where all the dolls collected by artist’s grand­parents between 1963 and 2012 are invited.

In Maippi Ketola’s childhood, these dolls were so called forbidden objects. Children were allowed to look at them but touching was strictly forbidden. After her grand­father passed away and her grand­mother had moved to senior citizen home, her relatives still held on to the dolls for a while. Even though collecting the dolls was mainly artist’s grand­father’s hobby, all of the family had participated in it by bringing one doll from every journey abroad. Each doll was carefully numbered, listed in a blue notebook with the word DOLLS written on the cover, and finally placed in a locked glass case. But in the end there was a lot of stuff to be shared and none of artist’s relatives were particurly keen on hoarding, so finally she got access to the forbidden dolls.

Leevi Lehtinen
(Ego)
3 min 50 sec, 2011

Four minute puppet animation (Ego) is a visual poem about sins and subconscious mind. It tells a story of a man losing his soul, and of his attempts to get it back.

Leevi Lehtinen is Finnish animation film-maker and media artist. He has studied animation in Finland, Slovakia, and in the Netherlands. His passion is to combine traditional animation art with other art disciplines, and to find new audiences and platforms for his work. Since 2002 his films have been screened at more than 80 film festivals, in 36 countries, on five continents, of which he has won five awards and received two honorary awards. Leevi has also created interactive media and animation art for several dance and theatre performances that have been performed in eight countries around Europe as well as in the South Korea. Currently he is working on animation installations for solo exhibitions in Finland and in Germany.

Pekka Niittyvirta
Tremor
8 min 51 sec, 2014

The creative practice of Pekka Niittyvirta, born 1974, lives and works in Helsinki, transcends the boundaries of experimental, conceptual and traditional images, using video and photography as media. Niittyvirta’s works do not necessarily rely on traditional imaging processes alone. Incorporating various digital, biological and chemical processes, they address such issues as the problems of technology and information society. Niittyvirta has exhibited his work since 1999 in Finland and internationally in both solo and group shows.

Video work, Tremor, shows gloomy, cave like formations & structures that are digitally created. The title given carries multiple connotations; such as seismic events and medical symptoms. Digital animation reflects an artificial nature experience.

Tremor is a part of a larger body of works: Monsters, Dark Mills & Angels. Trilogy formatted series includes photography and video. Series discusses the age of global hedonism, where nature is restricted to artificial environments such as zoos and dolphinariums.

Humanity moulds the environment and its structure. At the same time, our culture seeks to adapt to increasingly rapid change. It is paradoxical that we are aware of and know the mechanisms of cause and effect better than ever.

Roberto Pugliese
The Space of a Year
10 min 44 sec, 2014

The space of a year is a multichannel audiovisual piece that can be presented in the form of an immersive audiovisual installation with a sonically augmented floor, or an audiovisual concert or a 1 channel video projection. The visual material consists of highly processed videos and photos collected from the nature in different seasons of the year. The sound material is based on field recordingsfrom the same sites and periods. The piece portrays the passage of time during the course of a year and deconstructs visual and sonic material associated with nature and its transformation throughout different seasons. The changing sonic and visual textures that we attribute to different seasons of the year are dissected, blended, disrupted and distorted. The installation contemplates how different notions of the sonic and visual transformations that surround us reflect our perception of time.

Roberto Pugliese, born in 1980 in Rome, is a sound and media artist and researcher based in Helsinki since 2009. He received a M.Sc. in Electronic Engineering from Roma Tre University, in 2004. In 2007 he decided to study further and pursue an artistic career. He moved to Dublin and completed a M.Phil. in Music and Media Technology. His work consists of compositions, installations and performances and is often concerned with the concept of interface and based on the augmentation of physical media. By collecting, processing and coupling audio and visual material, he works toward a common language among visual and sonic imageries. His installations often use sound and its transformation to establish alternative relations between the visitor and the space.

Kai Rennes
ALL
6 min 37 sec, 2014

Multimedia artist Kai Rennes of Finnish origin is now living in Brussels Belgium. The raw material for his works are often appropriated images from internet, dating websites, digital codes, history of art, architecture and religion. They are images with a purpose; to promote, to advertise, or to function as vehicles for religious, political or social interaction and positioning. In his works there is an awareness of gender, of theoretical, ethical, cognitive and perceptual aspects of life, that provides consistency and coherence throughout his artistic work, be it video, photography, painting or performance. Kai Rennes has participated exhibitions in all the Nordic countries and in France, Belgium, Holland, Spain and Cuba.

Video work ALL: In the late 19th century the western art historians travelled to islamic countries to collect various geometric patterns used in the ancient islamic architecture. These twodimensional patterns have different basic shapes such as hexagon, cotagon and dodecagon. The patterns are shown as layers with other patterns with same hidden geometry. Between the different groups of patterns a ‘caos’ appears.

There are several layers of cultural knowledge in this work: the traditional islamic art, the drawings made by the western arceologists and art historians and the video made year 2014 by the artist.

Tommi Matikka
My Last Seconds as a Pirate
3 min 39 sec, 2014.

Tommi Matikka, born 1983, is a video artist currently living and working in Utö, Finland. He is part of cinematic video art collective Together Forever Studio with his wife Maria Matikka. In his videos Tommi fluently combines poetry, animation and self composed soundtracks. The solid interconnectedness of stories and reality – fictional cinema and personal narratives – intertwine in his works. The core of this art is found in the smallness of human experience. Critical self-examination, fears, beauty, hope and heartbreaking emotions: Eksistential swamp, the pursuit for experience of higher things common to everyone – horror and hope that derive from from this knowledge, billow over the viewer.

My Last Seconds as a Pirate is a video poem which blends fiktion and personal narrative. Dream images carry the protagonist’s journey towards death in deep waters. Life flashes before the eyes and he gets eaten by a shark. But the death is not final.