NYC (2012)

EI YHTÄÄN KUVAA ROCKAWAYSTA.

Istun autossa. Ihmiset ovat tuntemattomia ympärilläni. Olemme matkalla tyhjyyteen. Yhdessä. Rockaway. Miehen itkuiset silmät, lapsen leikkisyys valitessamme hänelle vaatteita yhdessä. Kylmyys. Kyynisyys. Ihmisistä hehkuava lämpö. En halua syödä, toisten ruokaa. Ja silti olemme kaikki saman katastrofin uhreja. Minulla vain on sähköä, lämpöä asunnossani ja valo. Minun junani kulkevat jo. Osittain, mutta kulkevat. En silti käy Manhattanilla. Kuljen toiseen suuntaan. Siihen suuntaan johon on vähemmän liikennettä. Hylättyjen autojen virrat. Autottomat ihmiset. Palaneet talot ja kylmyys. Pimeyden laskiessa me pidämme kiirettä. On kiire pois. Niillä jotka pystyvät kulkemaan. Se erottaa meidät toisistamme. Luen lehdestä ihmisten hamstraavan aseita. Pelon näen miehen kasvoista. En sano mitään. En tee yhtään tulkintaa. Olen hiljaa. Hän puhuu. Hänen vaimonsa on kotona. Hysteerinen. Hänellä on kainalossaan pahvilaatikollinen tavaraa ja purkki keksejä. Hetken hän on onnellinen. Hän ei palaa kotiin tyhjin käsin. Minä unohdan antaa päältäni lämpimän toppaliivin. Unohdan koska minulla ei ole kylmä. Välissämme on kuilu joka vaatii olemaan hiljaa. Minulla ei ole sanottavaa. En voi tarjota lohtua, en voi jakaa kokemusta. Voin vain katsoa silmiin ja kuulla. Nähdä hänen eleensä. Hiljalleen vettyvät mustat silmät. Ja lapsen pienet hampaat hymyillessä ja nainen ilman kenkiä ja minun hätä kun en löydä vaatekasoista sukkia. Jos piirtäisin jotain nyt, piirtäisin seinään kolme samankokoista viivaa lyijykynällä. Siltä minusta nyt tuntuu. Olen syönyt ja tullut lämpimästä suihkusta. En nähnyt Rockawayssa mitään. Piirrän viivat ja huomenna pyyhin ne pois.  

Performance during SÌM residency exhibition (2012)

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Performance during SÍM residency exhibition event in Reykjavík Iceland. Duration three hours.

Sometimes I feel I phrase myself best while dancing (2012)

Sometimes I feel I phrase myself best while dancing (on going)  is a series of video works, or actions documented on a video, where I try to connect a movement of a body to some sort of a self produced sound of the surroundings. I use my body and the surrounding sound in order to try to find a rythm to connect these two and de-alienate the body’s relation to the surrounding. The actions are often recorded in different residency apartments and studios whilst being puzzled and set apart from the familiar. 

Nine Measures from a Sort of a Fracture (2012)


Dancers: Helena Ratinen, Ken Mai, Leena Ritva Koskinen, Minja Mertanen, Mirva Mattila, Reija Stenius, Saara Holmberg, Sanni Priha ja Terhi Lilja

11.3. - 25.3.2012

Galleria Fafa, Lönnrotinkatu 35, Helsinki Finland

For over a year I have worked together with eight people with the experience of depression. Through speech, movement and gesture we have shared an experience common to all of us. The central medium has been language – spoken as well as, and maybe above all, language based upon the gestures of the body. The exhibition space of Gallery Fafa has become part of a process of encounters between two people and the sort of dramaturgy of each encounter.

Since the spring 2011 I have worked together with eight people whom all have gone through the experience of depression. We have worked together through discussion over the participants’ view on the construction of reality and the world around. I have found the people taking part in the project with the help from the Finnish Central Association for Mental Health and have documented our discussions on video.

The whole of Nine measures from a sort of a fracture presents the central of these encounters through bodily language. Through the help of nine dancers the work aims at giving space for the narration of the participants’ gestures. The dancers re-enact the movements belonging to another body through the utilization of their own expression.

Each dancer has worked with the body language of one person. My own gestures were also re-enacted by one of the dancers. The performances were filmed in the homes of the dancers and mine. The dancers’ relationship to the space of the performance correlates with the relationship the original participant had to the space where we met and discussed. I have visited homes of some participants and in turn some visited mine.

Before opening the exhibition space to the public we have all met there together with the original participants and each of us, myself included, has been given back the borrowed and re-enacted language of one’s body through an interpretation by another.

The project is part of my MFA degree in the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts. The instructor for my MFA thesis is Lea Kantonen. 

Installation view of Nine measures from a sort of a fracture (2012) from gallery FAFA Helsinki March 2012.

All images are still images from a video installation Nine measures from a sort of a fracture (2012)

Seven tiny transitions (2012)

Performance, duration 2 hours

Dancers: Helena Ratinen, Ken Mai, Leena Ritva Koskinen, Minja Mertanen, Reija Stenius, Sanni Priha and Terhi Lilja

The performance Seven tiny transitions is part of a long term process, where the focus has been on the encounters between two people and the sort of dramaturgy of each encounter.

In the spring 2011 I got to know eight people whom all had gone through depression through the Finnish Central Association for Mental Health. We have worked together discussing about their views on the construction of reality and the world around. These discussions I have documented on video. Since the fall 2011 I have worked on the content of the documented discussions with nine dancers. The content of the discussions has condensed through the movement of the dancers bodies first into a video installation Nine measures from a sort of a fracture (2012), which was exhibited at gallery Fafa in March 2012. Though the process together with the people originally taking part we have met, looked at ourselves through the dancers, discussed over it and through this encounter tried to draw smaller the distance to our own body created by the depression.

Seven tiny transitions is thus far the last phase of a one year long artistic process. Two hour performance in the Kuvan Kevät-exhibition is also a first live attempt at transferring the essential of our encounters and thus capturing something transient and unobtrusive. Each dancer has worked with the body language of one person. My own gestures are also being re-enacted by one of the dancers.

Seven Tiny Transitions (2012) is a two hour performance performed as part of a MFA degree show in the Academy of Fine Arts in Helsinki Finland in May 2012. In the performance dancers re-enact and use as a starting point gestures coming from a dialogical situation between two people whom both have undergone the experience of depression. The performance is part of a one year project done in collaboration. Each dancer has been working with body movement of one individual. 

Duration of the documentation: 10 min

All images are from a performance Seven tiny transitions performed in the Finnish Fine Art Academy 2012. Duration of the performance is two hours. Images by Sauli Sirviö.

All images are from a performance Seven tiny transitions performed in the Finnish Fine Art Academy 2012. Duration of the performance is two hours. Images by Sauli Sirviö.

All images are from a performance Seven tiny transitions performed in the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts 2012. Duration of the performance is three hours. Photos Sauli Sirviö.

Nine Measures from a sort of a Fracture (2012)

An exhibition coming in March 2012 in gallery Fafa Helsinki.

For almost a year now I have worked together with several people. We have shared through speech, movement and gesture an experience common to all of us. The central medium has been language, a spoken language as well as and maybe above all a gesture based body language. On March the Fafa exhibition space will become a part of this process where the central has been an encounter of two people and a sort of a dramaturgy of this encounter.

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Sometimes I feel I phrase myself best while dancing (2011)

Sometimes I feel I phrase myself best while dancing (on going)  is a series of video works, or actions documented on a video, where I try to connect a movement of a body to some sort of a self produced sound of the surroundings. I use my body and the surrounding sound in order to try to find a rythm to connect these two and de-alienate the body’s relation to the surrounding. The actions are often recorded in different residency apartments and studios whilst being puzzled and set apart from the familiar. 

Duration of the video 5 min and 20 sec something.

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