Finland is experiencing an exceptional moment with respect to audiovisual production, both in quality, diversity and distribution. Specific political decisions, school curricula and distribution platforms have specifically contributed to this situation. Video Creation from Finland brings together a set of varied and different approaches to the medium which at the same time share a special relationship with their environment, a fragmented narrative and even a similar approach to images and shots that is disconnected from video tradition and much more akin to film.
Works by Fanni Niemi-Junkola (Tampere, 1962), an artist who explores the concept of otherness in a subtle and measured way, often deal with co-existence and how to handle encounters with the other. In Svart - A Horseman’s Story (2003), for example, the leading character Jalmari Svart is a man of gypsy lineage (an ethnic minority in Finland) who devotes himself to raising racehorses.
Elina Saloranta (Helsinki, 1968) establishes an often alienating and always complex relationship between image and text. The backdrop of her stories are relationships between men, women and texts, and frequently consist of re-working other works, such as Le lit des amants (2004), which was inspired by the work by Marguerite Duras.
Mika Taanila (Helsinki, 1965) makes films, video clips and installations, the most recent of which play with the point where reality meets fiction. His works revise utopian projects from science and technology to explore the modern representation of the future and progress, highlighting the failure of science and other disciplines to construct a better future. In Optical Sound (2005), Taanila correlates his interest in technology to his passion for electronic music. The film contains images created for the score Symphony #2 For Dot Matrix Printers, produced in 1999 by the Canadian duo [The User], made up of composer Emmanuel Madan and architect Thomas McIntosh.
Finally, the three films by Salla Tykkä (Helsinki, 1973) constitute a trilogy with the generic title Cave (2003). In all of them, the leading figure is a woman at different ages: adolescent, young girl and adult. The trilogy is made up of fragmented stories in which some elements or reasons are not made explicit, leaving an open space for the viewer’s interpretation.