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Finnish Video Shorts Programme 1: Poetic Q&A

This screening includes a post-screening Q&A with Laura Köönikkä, curator and founder of the Finnish Art Agency and artists Elena Näsänen and Nastja Rönkkö.

Film details

Selected from the best in current and recent artist practice across Finland for our drill-down national focus upon a land of light, shadow and waking dream, the Finnish Art Agency present a programme of shorts that address poetic notions of narrative, image and medium.


Hannaleena Heiska
Ridestar, 2010
6mm film transferred to HDCam and Blu-ray
3 min 12 sec

Why awaken me, oh breath of spring?
Why awaken me?
On my brow, I feel your caresses,
and yet, very close is the time
of storms and of sorrows!

– Ah! Non mi ridestar! Aria from Werther, by Jules Massenet

Today We Live, 2012
HD video
7 min 17 sec

Anonymous group portrait Today We Live is shot in a rock club. Slow motion footage underlines the dancing audience’s fleeing motions and facial expressions. Erik Satie’s orchestral music makes a counterpoint to the dancer’s aggressive movements.

Paola Suhonen
Poem Portrait of Nina, 2009–2016
Digital and hand developed 16 mm film to digital
4 min 32 sec
Voice: Ron Jeremy and Blanche Hartman (Nina’s mother)

Poem Portrait of Nina, Desert, 2009–2016
16 mm film to digital
6 min 43 sec
Voice: Venus Luxe

I met legendary feminist, sex educator and pornstar Nina Hartley while working in New York. We developed a close friendship and I started documenting her life in short, experimental visual vignetttes and long recordings about love, sex, porn industry and life. – Paola Suhonen

Nastja Säde Rönkkö
This Sea of Mine (Mytilidae), 2013
Performance for video (HD)
4 min 37 sec

Standing in an anonymous swimming pool – a simulacrum of sea – first crab claws, then mussel shells, prawns, shrimp and squid are added to this stagnant soup.

Take Me Anywhere, 2016
HD video
10 min
Video/edit Luke Turner

I was riding a horse without a bridle or saddle. I was blindfolded and taken wherever the horse wanted to go. The piece was filmed in Joshua Tree National Park in California.

Elena Näsänen
Whoosh, 2016
HD video
7 min 50 sec

Sometimes you need to step into the unknown to confront yourself. An old Art Nouveau villa attracts 17 year-old girl. She escapes from school’s drawing class to explore the villa more closely.

Round, 2011
HD video
8 min 36 sec

The same story is played both by a man and a woman character. The main character drinks alone at the bar. Suddenly the music stops. Time stops. Only a ray of light slowly travels across the floor. The main character walks out to the street.