Films and Video Art

  • Marie José Burki, A Film, 2017, stillkuva elokuvasta./Marie José Burki, A Film, 2017, still image. Courtesy of the artist.

  • Lothar Baumgarten, Der Ursprung der Nacht (Amazon Cosmos), 1977, stillkuva./Lothar Baumgarten, Der Ursprung der Nacht (Amazon Cosmos), 1977, still image. Courtesy of the artist.

  • Jan Švankmajer, Hyönteiset, 2017, stillkuva./Jan Švankmajer, Insect, 2017, still image. Courtesy of the artist.

  • Jenna Sutela: Nam-Gut (the microbial breakdown of language), 2017, stillkuva.

Screenings at Korjaamo Kino

Saturday, 26 May at 15:45

Lothar Baumgarten, Der Ursprung der Nacht (Amazonas Kosmos), 1977, 16 mm film DCP, 102′. No dialogue, text in German.

IHME provides a context for the festival themes by presenting a classical work from a pioneering artist. This year we are showing a piece by the German conceptual artist Lothar Baumgarten (b. 1944) Der Ursprung der Nacht (Amazonas Kosmos), which was shot in 1973-1977. Baumgarten’s work deals with the clash between nature and culture, Western colonialism and the other. At the beginning of the film, the Tupi people’s creation myth about the origin of the night frames a piece that is otherwise wholly constructed by the rhythm of sound and image. The film is from the point of view of a traveler’s explorative gaze at the world of plants and animals, which creates the illusion of a tropical paradise.

Saturday, May 26 at 19:00

Marie José Burki, A Film, 2017, 61′ 40”. In English.

The Swiss artist and photographer Marie José Burki investigates how things observed in different ways can be classified and displayed. A Film is a collage of conversations, whose topics flow freely, from climate change and the disappearance of species to the pianist Glenn Gould. The film invites us to dream as landscapes slip by, to curl up in the embrace of the calm wind blowing across the screen. The artist will be present at the screening and will talk with the Festival host, journalist Pietari Kylmälä before the film screening.

Saturday, 26, May at 17:30

Jan Švankmajer, Insect, 2018, 98′. Subtitles in English.

IHME is proud to present the Finnish premiere of the Czech master of surrealist films Jan Švankmajer’s latest feature-length production. He is known for his animations and short films, one of which, The Garden (1968), has been shown in a previous IHME festival. The 84-year-old director’s final feature-length film Insect is based on a satire written by the Czech Čapek brothers in 1922, in which an attempt to merge humans and insects starts a most remarkable chain of events. The film features actors rehearsing for the Čapek brothers’ play and finding their way into the leading roles as Dung Beetle, Parasite, Larva and Mr and Mrs Cricket. Its somewhat misanthropic perspective is crystallised in Švankmajer’s typically exaggerated sound world, which has a particular focus on orally-generated sounds.

Švankmajer speaks more about the film on YouTube >

Henrik Håkansson films at Korjaamo KINO

Friday, 25 May 25 at 16:00 and at 21:00, Saturday, 26 May at 14:00 and at 21:00

IHME Project 2018: Henrik Håkansson, THE BEETLE, 2018, 82′. In English, Subtitles in Finnish.

THE BEETLE´s main protagonist is The Hylochares cruentatus – in Finnish the halavasepikkä [literally: halava = bay willow, sepikkä = false click beetle]. It is less than a centimetre long endangered species of a beetle that lives only on the old Mätäoja riverbed in Vantaa, Finland. In choosing the halavasepikkä as the starting point for his work, Henrik Håkansson links it with some major questions about climate change: species diversity, sixth wave of distinction, the relationship between humankind and nature. The experimental electronic music in the film is adopted from Mika Vainio´s  (1963-2017) concert at Sónar 2015. IHME Project is the main production of the festival and is conceived by an invited, internationally recognised artist. The world premiere of the film will take place on Friday May 25th, 2018 at Korjaamo KINO.

THE BEETLE will also be online at Yle Areena, Finland’s national streaming service, from 25 May, 2018. The film will be viewable internationally for a year.

Friday May 25 at 18:45 at Korjaamo’s Corner Hall and Saturday 26 at Korjaamo KINO at 13:00 (joint screening of Birdconcert Oct. 23, 2005 and THE END)

Henrik HåkanssonBirdconcert Oct. 23, 2005 (Carduelis carduelis) Part 1, 2005, 30′

Alongside insects, another of Håkansson’s favourite categories in the animal world is birds. In Birdconcert Oct. 23, 2005 (Carduelis carduelis) Part 1 a goldfinch performs for a human audience, sitting on a branch brought into a concert hall. That situation, the bird with its audience, has been documented live on 16 mm film at the Royal Academy of Music. In this context constructed for human beings the local bird comes across as an exotic, fragile sight. The configuration of mutual observation made the audience, too, a performer, especially since the goldfinch – regardless of the recorded song of one of its conspecifics being played in the space – does not sing at any point in the entire performance. The work was produced by the Frieze Art Fair in London.

Henrik Håkansson, THE END, 2011, 12 min

The insect world has frequently been a main protagonist in Håkansson’s output, already before THE BEETLE. The leading character in THE END is a common fly that appears in a film, the musical score composed for it having so far been played by three different orchestras in three different contexts: THE END ensemble (2011), Sydney Symphony Orchestra (2014) and Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo (2016). This dark musical drama holds in its grasp and unpicks the lifecycle of the fly. The composition is for multiple instruments and the human voice, with the powerful moods of tension, melancholy, fear and vulnerability carrying the person experiencing it through this intense work.

Video art in the Korjaamo Corner Hall

Video works by four Finnish artists, Antti Laitinen, Tuula Närhinen, Kati Roover and Jenna Sutela, will be shown during breaks between the Festival talks.

The main character in Antti Laitinen’s collection of documented performances attempts to rearrange his environment: to move a lake, animate branches like the wind, and put a chopped-up tree back together again. This must all be done by one man alone.

Tuula Närhinen’s videos examine natural phenomena as a source of visual and aesthetic material: water freezing into a spray, plant dyes fading, or how the ocean waves keep plastic garbage in perpetual motion. In the midst of our planet’s ecological crisis, Närhinen’s works are multilevel comments on climate change and the human age, the so-called Anthropocene.

These themes continue the work of Kati Roover, which examine the state of the planet in places where climate change is most evident: deforestation in the rainforests and the problems of milder climates in mountainous areas.

Jenna Sutela turns her artist-researcher’s gaze to microbes and slime moulds in her meditative works, including a completely new work Holobiont. The main focus of the work is organisms that require extreme conditions to survive. At the same time, they raise the question of whether climate change is moving too fast to allow species to adapt, or if there would be grounds to place our hopes for the future in these pioneers.

Friday, 25 May at 16:00-16:45 at Korjaamo’s Corner Hall
Tuula Närhinen

Chromatograms of Plant Colours, 2001, mute, 6´08 min
Baltic Sea Plastique, 2014, mute, 8´44 min (screening –version for the occasion)
Frost Flowers, 2006, mute, 14´54 min

Friday, 25 May at 18:00-19:30, at Korjaamo KINO
Jenna Sutela

Nam-gut, 2017, 19´50 min
Holobiont, 2018, 10´27 min (Featuring: Tarren Johnson, Nile Koetting, Ming Lin, and Colin Self; Ferments: Markus Shimizu; Camera and video editing: Mikko Gaestel; Sound editing: Martti Kalliala; Recording: Ville Haimala, Adam Laschinger, and Gold Mountain; Planetary Protection: Gerhard Kminek and Life, Physical Sciences and Life Support Laboratory at the European Space Agency; Supported by Kone Foundation)
JIRI I O WA NU RU DAINICHI T-1000 -video mantra, 2017, 2´15 min

Saturday, 26 May at 13:30-14:00 (Blancs & Flowing Place) and continuing at 18:30-19:00 (Coexsistence) at Korjaamo’s Corner Hall. At 13:30 the artist will present the video works selected for the program.
Kati Roover

Blancs, 2016, 6´21 min
Flowing Place, 2017, 14´59 min
Coexistence, 2018, 22´44 min

Saturday, 26 May at 15:00-16:00 at Korjaamo’s Corner Hall
Antti Laitinen

Tree Reconstruction, 9 min
Marionette, 2017, 11min 13s
Bark Boat, 2010, 14min 45s
Lake Shift, 2016, 15´31 min


Read more about the artists here >