SAMI VAN INGEN: HATE (2012, 12min, video)
SUN 12.4.2015 WHS Theatre Union 19:30
Address: Unioninkatu 45 LH 1-2, Helsinki
In 1959, Soviet film director Aleksandr Ptushko (1900 – 1973) directed a feature film titled Sampo, which was loosely based on the Finnish national epic Kalevala. Sampo was partly filmed with two cameras simultaneously. In the film Hate a stereoscopic image is appropriated from Sampo to form a happening between two different perspectives and intended to play with the possibility of exposing the hidden landscape of the mythical Kalevala. The implications of portraying the repressed “Other” in Ptushko´s depiction of Kalevala is also exposed. The stroboscopic effect of the film contrasts with the pictorial content that follows traditional narrative lines: the abduction of the fair maiden, the events lead to a disgraced and defensive suitor, who, once defeated, exits the set sulking.
Sami van Ingen (b. 1964) is one of the founders of now defunct Helsinki Film Workshop (Helsingin Elokuvapaja), a group of visual artists who founded a working space for experimental film-based art production in 1989. Since then van Ingen´s works have been screened in many national and international festivals and venues. One of the main characteristics of his work is an examination of the cinematic apparatus itself and the boundaries within it. Van Ingen´s book “Moving Shadows” was published by Finnish Academy of Fine Arts in 2012 as part of his doctoral dissertation.
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).