Kim? Contemporary Art Centre

For the first time Kim? in collaboration with the Riga International Film Forum “Arsenāls” will offer programme “KimKino” that will provide an opportunity to get acquainted with experimental video films created both by Latvian and foreign artists.

“KimKino” is designed as an illustration of an enlarged field of art  and put together by internationally renowned curators and artists – Marita Muukkonen, curator, art critic (HIAP, Helsinki, Finland); Johan Gustavsson, artist (Project Space “1646”, The Hague, The Netherlands); Adeline Blanchard (Centre culturel Français, Paris, France); Ojārs Pētersons, artist (VKN, Riga) and Ieva Astahovska, art critic (LMC, Riga).

From 21 to 24 September, “KimKino” will offer to attend four – Latvian, French, Dutch and Finnish – film programmes. The fourth and last programme, screening Finnish films, will take place on Friday, 24 September at 7pm at Kim?.


Liisa Lounila

2001, 5’00’’
The film is shot with a self-made pinhole camera, which exposes simultaneously 528 frames. When they are shown as a moving image they create a feeling of moving around a frozen subject. The time slice technique separates the movement and the time. In “Flirt” we see a fight.

Salla Tykkä

1999, 4’15’’
Two persons are boxing, a young woman without a shirt and a big man. The black and white image and the timeless space make the atmosphere dream like though the hard action and sounds refer to real life and pain. Power is a statement against the power relations in our society but it can be seen as a symbolic battle for life and surveying through it.

Sami Sänpäkkilä
Paavoharju: Valo tihkuu kaiken lapi

2007, 4’01’’
“Paavoharju” band comes from Savonlinna, Finland. The group is a collective project of ascetic born-again Christians. The sound is something between Bollywood music, church hymns, beautiful pop tunes and ambient esoteric noises. The lyrics are very spiritual in sound and text.

Aurora Reinhard
Julio & Lupita

2004, 4’35’’
“Julio & Lupita” is a video work in which a middle-aged Latino man, Julio, dances with a life-size female doll named Lupita. Lupita bends into the strangest and even most perverse positions, to a ghostly Latino rhythm playing in the background. The dance with the doll is based on the Latin American custom of an abandoned husband making a doll in the likeness of his wife and dancing a last dance with the doll, after which it is burned.

Riikka Kuoppala
Visitor in my Body

2008, 9’55’’
Experimental narrative short film concerning the identity crisis caused by a serious illness. The story takes place in the attic of an old house. There, a small girl and a grown woman spend time together. They interact more as friends, although they could be mother and daughter. While they play together, the two discuss illness and share memories. The disease made them reconsider who they are. What happens when the story on oneself is incomplete, when a person’s identity is brought into a crisis? Can the narrative be repaired, or does it have to be replaced?

Hannu Karjalainen
Man in a Blue Shirt

2006, 5’20’’
Thick paint is slowly poured over an elderly man until his head is completely covered with flowing paint and his identity is gone. What are we witnessing here: an existentialist performance or an absurdist interpretation of the idea of a portrait painting?

Santeri Tuori

2003, 2’32’’
Grave melancholy entwines with incontrollable bursts of energy in Santeri Tuori’s images of children. The still black and white pictures create eerie shadows for the moving figures. Like old photographs or cinematic flash backs they allude to a past that haunts the present, and possibly the future as well. They may thus act as visualised memories, as shared property that hides within it the unarticulated and personal. As recollections or mementos they clash disturbingly with the lively children, who hence appear at once present and absent.

Raakel Kuukka

2003, 3’24’’
Video installation “Drummer” is a speechless and slow-tempo living portrait of a face, reflecting feelings and thoughts. It portrays a 60-yearold woman with her drums and rag rug. The drummer is joined by an accordionist who plays variations of a catchy Russian polka. Originally, this work was a portrait of Regina, the artist’s sister.

Jani Ruscica

2007, 18’00’’
Jani Ruscica’s two experimental short films “Batbox” / “Beatbox” reveal the limitations of human sight both in nature and in a cultural context. “Batbox” / “Beatbox” parallels two very opposed environments: nature depicted through bats’ nightly echolocation and the urban metropolis navigated by hip-hop artists.

Sanna Kannisto
Bee Studies: Orchid Bee Males

2004, 8’06’’
Sanna Kannisto’s video work is based on pseudo-scientific field study in South America’s rain forests. The artist brings viewers face-to-face with a territorial battle of male orchid bees. In her video projection the bees first appear to be like regular busy-beings gathering honey. As the insects’ buzzing sound increases, an unpredictable scenario unfolds in which the powerful, in a fierce survival of the fittest battle, take over.

Seppo Renvall
Planet Earth – Encyclopedia

1995, 6’05’’
“Planet Earth – Encyclopedia” is based on pictures from a book series of twelve books from the year 1912. The soundtrack is film music from the same year: “A Gruesome Tale”, composed by J. S. Zcemecnik, performed by Aslak Christiansson.

Roi Vaara
Artist’s Dilemma

1997, 3’36’’
Man facing a difficult choice – while standing in front of a signpost, he can’t decide whether to follow the sign to “art” or to “life”.

Length of the programme: 75 min

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