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Finnish Video Shorts: Programme 2: Surreal + Q&A

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 explore surreal-realities, bizarre leaps and unexpected juxtapositions.


Dave Berg
Barbieworld experience, 2014
HD Video
3 min 30 sec

A dense, nightly atmosphere fills an interior resembling a castle. Chairs fly in whirlwinds, unexpected and dreamlike events take place in a helter skelter barbieworld. The journey begins towards something unexpected.

Whatever, 2012
HD Video
11 min 53 sec

WOMAN 1: “I’ve always wanted, if… when I have children… at least one of them would be gay.”

Mikko Keskiivari
Rook, 2016
Single channel, HD Video
9 min 1 sec

In a small village in the Finnish countryside there is a TV tower that resonates in the wind, in three different frequencies. This landmark plays a central role in a short documentary video work exploring ideas of scale, distance and perception through a dialogue between two different perspectives in two different times, connected through the physical space and the family relation of the main characters. Rook is a work in progress.

Mikko Keskiivari & Diana Luganski
Quiet Feast, 2015
Video and Photography
5 min 25 sec

The work seeks the uncanny in an everyday situation. It transfers something familiar into an exchange between the magical and morbid, asking when does a habit turn into a ritual or obsession?

Blind Spot, 2016
HD video
7 min 33 sec

A constellation of home videos and 3D-gestures can be thought as tools for appreciating strangeness.

“Home is the strangest place. It is strange in its very homeliness, as Freud observed. Indeed, here is strange in itself.”

– Timothy Morton, Ecology without Nature (2007), p. 177

Anssi Kasitonni
Wapiti, 2014
2 min 29 sec

An educational reenactment about the life of a deviant wapiti.

Planet of Sexes, 2012
8mm transferred to digital
10 min 35 sec

A surprising love awaits a lonely US Air Force pilot upon a planet of female warriors, castration robots and lizard creatures.

Event details

This event includes a post-screening Q&A with Darja Zaitsev, Curator, Finnish Art Agency and artists Dave Berg and Mikko Keskiivari.