PEKKA SASSI’S KOLJA-SAGA
Short works / 50min
Sun 17.4.2016 klo 15:00 Malmitalo, Ala-Malmin tori 1 Helsinki

In the works by the audacious artist of experimental sound and video Pekka Sassi, a fictional character, ”metaphysical hooligan” called Kolya, sometimes appears. We have gathered together all these works in the same screening. Also included is a short film production After Everything, which adds a new twist to Kolya-saga.

Pekka Sassi lives and works in Helsinki. He makes experimental sound and video works and installations. His works have been presented at several domestic and foreign festivals. He was awarded with the AVEK Prize for audio-visual art in 2006 and in 2010 he won the prize for best film in the European Media Art Festival in Osnabrück, Germany.

1. Kolya and I (Kolja ja minä / 2006 / 3min)
Black comedy about the relationship between human and God.

2. Bad News from Heaven (2007 / 3min)
Metaphysical hooligans meet the concept of heaven.

3. Suburb within (Sisäinen lähiö / 2009 / 12min)
A film about communication, narration and presence. “Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift. That’s why it’s called the present.”

4. After Everything (2014 / 29min)
The film shows a dystopian world where brutality and inhumanity are commonplace and part of everyday routine. The atmosphere of doom is emphasized by the combination of black and white footage, harsh settings and industrial noise music. The powerful story leads to a situation in which brutality is victorious, yet beyond total destruction there is also room for a new beginning.

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EN GARDE – BOLD AUDIOVISUAL WORKS

Our series of bold, and sometimes outrageous works continues its legacy with three screenings. In our 2016 program we screen Ghost Lights, a compilation of the new Finnish video works that came in distribution 2015 via AV-arkki, the Distribution Centre for Finnish Media Art, Pekka Sassi´s works about Kolya, a metaphysical hooligan involved in disruptions both in heaven and on the earth and a compilation of the works by Israeli artist Roee Rosen, in where the games on intersectional identities are played in the fields of domination in sex, politics, arts and entertainment.


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