Auditorium at the Oodi Central Library
Helsinki, Finland
Oct 1, 2020 / Thu / 5-8 PM

Not So Far Away

The screening comprises of three video pieces from over one hundred artworks presented at the 18th Media Art Biennale WRO 2019 CZYNNIK LUDZKI/HUMAN ASPECT that explored the complexities of relations between the human and technology, with the human as an initiator, a recipient, and sometimes a victim of these mutating interplays.

The human eye enhanced with image-processing technological tools, equipped with a video camera put on a tripod or attached to a drone, and diligently observing a certain phenomenon or activity is capable to reach out to what seemingly remains hidden, to zoom in to the core of things. Even if outcomes of such artistic scrutiny – ideas, concepts, and objects supporting our recognition of reality, shaping our social imaginary – seem to be detached from our optimized daily procedures, they remain just underneath the complex entanglement of less and less transparent technological, political and social systems.

Emmanuel Tussore uses a simple editing technique to disarm the euphemistic term “refugee crisis” by showing individual people who disappear in the waves of a stormy sea with dignity and calm.

Demelza Kooij provides a view on a pack of wolves filmed from the air. The communication between the animals, the meaning of which is unreachable for the human observer, offers a chance to recognize the non-human subjectivity, to imagine affinity with our animal fellows on this planet.

Focusing on landscapes of Gotland and Fårö, Jacek Chamot creates a visual effect of temporal de-synchronization of seemingly symmetrical configurations of reality. By constructing a scenery based on the contrapuntal relation between the uncountable (mobile) and the measurable (constant) elements, he proposes a reflection on the nature of human perception accustomed to homogeneity.

The view from the other perspective seems not to be so far away.

Screening within the opening programme of the Synthesis exhibition with works by Kaisu Koivisto, Anna Nykyri, and Paweł Janicki. The exhibition is organized by the Helsinki Artists’ Association together with the WRO Center for Media Art Foundation.


Emmanuel Tussore (FR), Sirènes, 2017, 11:00
Demelza Kooij (NL), Wolves From Above, 2018, 5:40
Jacek Chamot (PL), islands_ 03, 2018, 3:17

Curated by Agnieszka Kubicka-Dzieduszycka and Dominika Kluszczyk

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