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ARJON DUNNEWIND (NL)
Arjon Dunnewind is a co-founder of the first Impakt Festival, started in 1988. In 1993 he established the Impakt Foundation as the international platform for critical media culture. He produced TV series about video art and experimental film from 1994 till 1997 and curates programmes and exhibitions for museums and festivals worldwide. From 1996 until 2000 he worked as an advisor for the Dutch Film Fund´s Research & development department. Currently he is an advisor to the Tax-Videoclipsfonds a funding body that supports innovative music videos. Arjon Dunnewind regularly gives guest lectures at Dutch art academies and is an experienced member of juries at festivals and events.
Guy Sherwin studied painting and began making films and film-related works in the 1970s influenced by the radical work of the London Film-Makers Co-op, the UK centre for experimental film. His films often use serial forms and live elements, and engage with light, time, motion and sound as fundamental elements of cinema. The more recent works, made in collaboration with artist Lynn Loo, include performances with multiple 16mm projectors and optical sound(sounds made from light) sometimes in conjunction with improvised music. Lynn Loo´s first film was a black & white 16mm collage of images and scratched text made at a workshop in Singapore.
She went on to study at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where the films she made were compositions of images and sound that suggested narratives or conveyed an event without text or words. In 2004, on moving to England, Loo began experimenting with the celluloid material of film combined with multiple 16mm projection Performance. This was after she had been introduced to the practice of expanded cinema by artists involved in the London Film-Makers´ Co-op of the 1970s. Her performances Vowels, End Rolls and Autumn Fog were all created from that tradition. Sherwin and Loo have toured to venues in Europe, USA, Asia, and Australia. Occasionally the works are shown in galleries as a form of installation.
OLIVER WHITEHEAD (FI)
Oliver Whitehead (b. 1947 in GB) has lived and worked in Helsinki, Finland since 1971. He works with many different media including film, video, photography, drawings, printmaking and installations. As an artist his multidisciplinary production and many-sided approach to art defies reductive categorizations. In 2000 he got the 1st international prize in the category of video for his work Mind´s Eye (1999), given by ZKM/SWR (Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie / Südwestrundfunk). He was the first director of the department of Time and Space –arts in the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts during the years 1991-97. Recently he has been creating specific live-cinema projections for bands and has toured with the Finnish group You/Me (Asko Keränen ja Marjatta Oja). He also creates solo live cinema performances manipulating moving images and sound.
Mia Mäkelä works in the fields of real-time audiovisual performance, experimental video and documentary. Her work has been described as “A dark delirium of images, a disintegrated vision on a complex world – a digital version of William Blake’s poetry”. Her style ranges from minimal abstractions to multilayered compositions following a dreamlike narrative audiovisual journey. Her latest works includes Green Matters (2011), which is a scientific art project, an exploration of the possibilities of the use of green algae in the Baltic Sea. M (2011) was a generative visuals set for Mia Zabelka´s audio release M. The performance Kaamos Trilogy (2007-09) was a fairytale about illumination and the figure of a guru, a homage to Tarkovsky. Nine (IX) (2008) was a performance with Kate Pendry and Hildur Guddnadottir, presenting 9 oracles following the tradition of female role as the foreseer in the ancient Greece. Live soundtrack was made by Miguel Marin (Arbol). Mäkelä is an important innovator on the concept of live cinema theory, practice and workshops. In 2006 she published her thesis on live cinema language and elements, (Media Laboratory, Helsinki University of Art and Design) which gathers her experience on real-time visuals. The following year she also edited widely distributed special issue on live cinema for a:minima. Her latest workshop titled ”Audiovisual Realtime Creation” took place in Canada, Mexico, Spain, Germany, Belgium, Holland and Finland.
FIXC: ANIMAL PARTY
Seppo Renvall, Mia Duncker and Juha van Ingen (FixC-cooperative) together with Kuluman Kundit -orchesta (Son of Arthritis): Jouni Tommola, Zape Leppänen, Karri Koivukoski, Matti Jakola, Petri Pulkkinen, Puka Oinonen.
ASPEC(T) FEAT 70FPS (IT)
Coming from deep south of Europe Aspec(t) feat 70fps will perform in AAVE festival a trip/experiment of “listening of a vision”. Super 8 films manipulated live, light devices, electroacoustic systems of feedback, tapes, everything connected to generate a single body that goes beyond the audio-visual identities. The super8 projector, the film and the image are used as instruments to produce and modify the light in real time. The image on the film is a filter or a tool to manipulate the light, not to reproduce images. Also mirrors and prisms are used. Musical instruments are used in an improper way: sax generates feedback, tape recorder is physically played as a traditional instrument; resonance effects are produced with the other machines on stage, just where the system is weaker and more instable. Through analog devices the image becomes light, the sound becomes tape or drum and the sensation becomes tangible matter.
Aspec(t) are SEC_ and Mario Gabola from Naples, Italy. Their new CD “Abattoir” has just been released by the French label Nuun Records. Together or separately they have played with musicians from all over the world (Jerome Noetinger, Dave Phillips, Mike Cooper, Valerio Tricoli, Jack Wright, Franck Vigroux, Ignaz Schick, Eugene Chadbourne, Arnaud Riviere, Mario De Vega, Psychofagist, Cris X). Andrea Saggiomo aka 70fps live in Naples. In 2007 he founded his own theater company. His last show Villon: il romanzo del peto del diavolo” made his debut in Napoli in November 2011. Since 2010 he has collaborated with Altera! festival. The project 70 fps comes from the theatrical practice, expanding into interaction with other artists and musicians beyond the theater world.
Koelse – association of experimental electronics is a group of people in love with all electronics experimental and diving in dumpsters against current consumer electronics consumption and norms. Koelse have been roaming around the world’s art-centers, galleries, wastelands and squats since 2002. They build installations, play concerts, teach workshops and party around their waste.
KRISTÍN SCHEVING (IS)
Kristín Scheving is a visual artist and curator based in Reykjavik. She studied fine arts in École Supérieure Des Arts Décoratifs de Strasbourg from 1996 – 1999. She finished MA in Media Arts in Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU), UK in 2003 and has from that time worked internationally as a curator and a visual artist. In 2005 she founded an International film and video festival 700IS Reindeerland in Iceland and has showed contemporary video work in various venues around the world. Kristín will be curating a screening selection for AAVE together with Juha van Ingen, but unfortunately she won’t be present during the festival.
JUHA VAN INGEN (FI)
Juha van Ingen is a Helsinki-based media artist who utilizes various mediums in his works ranging from objects and spaces to moving image and sound. His curational practice include among others HEART, Helsinki environmental art project between the years 1998-2001 in the various different European Capitals of Culture. Van Ingen is a founding member in Finnish moving image artists FixC Cooperative (founded in 2007). In FixC he became also the initiator of NOVA Northern Video Art Network.
ERIC MUTEL (FR / FI)
Eric Mutel (b. 1973, France) has lived and worked in Helsinki for several years. In 1997 he graduated from Université Paris 1 and Les Gobelins, Ecole de I’image in Paris, and in recent years he has developed video work at Le Fresnoy, in France (2006) and at Kungliga Konsthögskolan, in Stockholm (2007). Mutel’s practice has taken many different forms such as photography, visual art installations, video, set/stage mediums, sculpture, environmental and land art. His interest lies mainly in projects that bridge the gap between visual arts and live stage events and performances. Employing new end experimental technology Mutel focuses on the perception and use of images, memory, body, movement, time, space, energy, tension and force.
SAMY KRAMER (CH / FI) + ROBERT VIERLING (DE / FI) + LAURI K.
Samy Kramer studied video art at the Hochschule für Kunst und neue Medien in Basel and has been involved in various projects ranging from film, theatre, performance and visual art to music. His main interest deals with the use of rhythm in the audio-visual language. He lives and works in Helsinki. Photo: Pekka Salonen
Robert Vierling is currently studying in the
Music Technology degree programme of the
Sibelius Academy in Helsinki. One of his
special interests is analog disk technology,
from the perspective of the DJ and the record
VISA-VALTTERI “VISY” PIMIÄ (FI)
Known in the demoscene as Visy, Visa-Valtteri Pimiä has experimented with demo art since 2001 and he has been interested in the artistic possibilities of computers since laying his eyes on the Commodore 64. Working with Trilobit and Bilotrip, he is best known from demos for 8-bit devices such as Nintendo NES and Atari 2600. Nowadays he’s experimenting with emerging graphics technologies such as WebGL
MARKUS RENVALL (FI)
Lives and works in Helsinki. Markus Renvall (b. 1957) has studied philosophy of religion, music and visual arts. He works with open processes using video, sound, and social situations as a method to look for new ways of thinking and seeing the world. Markus Renvall has invented a new art movement: Straight-On-Medicine-Art.