Tommi Matikka - Small Heroes

GHOST LIGHTS ’13: ”HIDE AND SEEK”

Ghost Lights ’13 is a selection of of new videoworks distributed by the Finnish media art distribution centre AV-arkki. The compilation is curated by Kari Yli-Annala and Ivan Punzo. Things tend to hide and seek in this screening. Ulu Braun posits in the style of the 1920´s dada and surrealism esoteric scenes on the cold war listen station in Berlin. In Outi Sunila´s work a group of soldiers disperses in a forest. Anssi Kasitonni shows causalities and a miracle in a scale unnoticed to a human observer. Maija Saksman presents a horrific scene inside a rustic house and Jan Ijäs documents two “islands”: made for waste and for unknown people. Tommi Matikka´s super heroes live their computer game lives on the roofs and electric lines of a small african village – until the game is over.

 

1. Ulu Braun: Tower of Invincibility (2012) 15:52
Tower of Invincibility is a film installation created in a neo-melodramatic style about the advancement of an esoteric health and sports camp in the early 20th century. The camera follows the protagonists during their daily routines: weight lifting, acrobatics, telepathy, leisure time and witnesses how they are progressing from day to day. The film takes place at the Teufelsberg, a former listening station during the Cold War in Berlin. In 2008 the Maharishi Foundation, along with Director David Lynch, bought the terrain for building a 50-meter tall “Tower of Invincibility” and a “Vedic University of Peace”. Analogies to the Maharishi Foundation’s vision were not known when the production of the film was started and therefore the coincidence is mainly fortuitous.

2. Outi Sunila: Platoon (2012) 7:40
Group of blind soldiers fumble through a pine tree forest, trying to find their way in darkness.

3. Anssi Kasitonni: Butterfly’s Effect (2013) 9:05
Butterfly effect turns out to be butterfly ineffectiveness in this small story. it´s mainly a story about destiny or the absence of it. This film contains also one miracle.

4. Maija Saksman: Don’t Touch (2012) 1:23
Don´t touch in museums or…

5. Jan Ijäs: Two Islands (2013) 5:10
The film is about two enormous rubbish dumps in New York’s Staten Island and Hart Island. The former was once the world’s largest rubbish dump but is now closed. The latter is a cemetery for unknowns and still in use. “Two Islands” bluntly asks, what does the existence of the two huge mountains of economic and social waste and rejected surplus tell us about our civilization and about the “richest nation in the world”, and what kind of legacy will the future archaeologists find in them?

6. Tommi Matikka: Small Heroes (2013) 2:21
The film is about two enormous rubbish dumps in New York’s Staten Island and Hart Island. The former was once the world’s largest rubbish dump but is now closed. The latter is a cemetery for unknowns and still in use. “Two Islands” bluntly asks, what does the existence of the two huge mountains of economic and social waste and rejected surplus tell us about our civilization and about the “richest nation in the world”, and what kind of legacy will the future archaeologists find in them?

 

NEW NORDIC MEDIA ART: GHOST LIGHTS ’13 
SAT 13.4.2013, Malmisali, 15:00

Venue: Malmitalo, Ala-Malmin tori 1


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