FESTIVAL OPENING: PROXIMITY & INSIGHT’S CATARACT
THU 9.4.2015 Malmitalo 18:00
Address: Ala-Malmin tori 1, Helsinki
Our 3D festival opening at cultural centre Malmitalo includes works by Caspar Stracke and Willy Le Maitre.
CASPAR STRACKE: PROXIMITY (Bubble Version) (2010, 11:00, video)
The viewer faces a wall of 128 bright illuminated spheres, floating in a virtual space. They can be perceived three-dimensionally. In moments of emitting maximum brightness, the halo of these light sources create visual connections between the spheres similar to bonding oil bubbles in lavalamps. All of them are in minimal movement like air bubbles, slightly changing shape.
Caspar Stracke (b. 1967) is an interdisciplinary artist and filmmaker. His work takes place around architecture and urbanism, cinema and media archaeology. His films, videos and installation work have been displayed in exhibitions, retrospectives and festivals throughout the North and South America, Europe and Asia. Stracke has curated exhibitions, screenings and discussions since 1999. Since 2003, he has been the codirector of video_dumbo, an exhibition/festival for contemporary video art in Dumbo, Brooklyn, NY. Stracke is currently a professor of moving image in the study programme of Time & Space Arts in The Academy of Fine Arts, University of the Arts in Helsinki.
WILLY LE MAITRE: INSIGHT’S CATARACT (2008, 8:00, video)
The music of caterpillars going through puberty.
Willy Le Maitre has created media art works since 1988. He has been oriented to video as a live form that has served as a pivot point in collaborations between himself, musicians, writers, and visual artists. Currently based in Toronto, he enjoyed a creative dialogue for over 10 years with New York based composer Eric Rosenzveig. His work has been presented, among other places, at The New Museum, The Kitchen, FIMA in Victoriaville Quebec, ICMC in Banff, Canada, and ISEA.
Our Planet Stereoskopia -series of screenings presents moving image works often called 3D-films, based on stereoscopic vision. We reveal its properties from the magical attraction to the reification of the world´s phenomena and it´s critique. The main venue for this program is Malmitalo cultural centre (Ala-Malmin tori 1, Helsinki), with an exception for Sami van Ingen’s Hate, organized at WHS Theatre Union (Unioninkatu 45 LH 1-2).