AAVE – ALTERNATIVE AUDIOVISUAL EVENT 11. – 14.4.2013
"“The more enlightened our houses are, the more their walls ooze ghosts” -Italo
Calvino." -Italo Calvino
The fourth international festival of moving image AAVE ("ghost") will be held on
11.-14.4.2013. The main venue will take place in cultural centre Malmitalo
(Ala-Malmin tori 1, Helsinki.) Our vision is to challenge the boundaries of
conventional festivals by bringing out the different mediums of moving image
from the early techniques to the most recent digital image formats. This year
an important focus is placed on the film-based performances.
Our main guest Bruce McClure (US) uses modificated 16mm-film projectors allowing
the noise of the film to form carefully planned rhythms – the absolute music of
light and sound. Sami van Ingen will have a film performance "Primaries" which
will be presented with a soundscape played live by musicians Petri Kuljuntausta
and Henri Lindström. He is utilizing two modified 35mm film projectors, clear
film, opaque film and three bottles of ink. The images are created by scraping,
coloring and dissolving the film surface before the looped filmstrip goes back
into the projector. In the dialogical presentation of Marek Pluciennik
(PL/CA/FI) and musician James Andean (CA/FI) 16mm film is treated by melting,
burning and methods of digital manipulation.
The multidisciplinary programme of our festival is also represented by the dance
and music performance Sugar by the group Liquid. The group is formed by dancers
Terhi Vaimala and Giorgio Converito (IT/FI) and musicians Libero Mureddu
(IT/FI) and Moritz Cartheuser (DE/FI). Their performance is accompanied with
the performative live-video by Pluciennik.
The live-performance "Valotuksia / Exposures" by Tuomo Rainio studies how the
digital image and imagery in itself can be in a continuous state of becoming.
The festival opening performance will be held by photographer and media artist
Hannu Karjalainen with his folktronic music project, which also includes moving
OISHII -JAPANESE ART HOUSE
In our Oishii –film series we screen three Japanese art house feature titles,
which strongly display its directors personal character. This year the films
are Shinya Tsukamoto´s "Gemini" (1999), Koji Wakamatsu´s film about the final
days of the writer Yukio Mishima "11/25 The Day Mishima Chose His Own
Fate"(2012) and Jon Ichikawa´s minimal "Toni Takitani" (2004).
EN GARDE 1! OLD SCHOOL ANALOG VIDEO ART
En Garde! –series includes three screening programmes. This year, 50 years have
passed since the exceptional exhibition by Nam June Paik which initiated video
art to settle into its own form of art. We celebrate the 50-year annual of
video art by screening three old school –titles from the era of analog videos,
showing works by Woody Vasulka (CZ/US), Steina (IS/US) and scratch video
group Gorilla Tapes (GB).
EN GARDE 2 - NEW FILM AND VIDEO ART
In the opening we present Sami van Ingen´s "Hate", a 12 minute long
experimental stereoscopic film, which takes as its starting point the image
material from the Finnish-Soviet coproduction feature film "Sampo" (1959). In
Frieze Film -screening we showcase moving image works commissioned by Frieze
Foundation (organiser of Frieze Art Fair), among which is a work by Thai
director Apichatpong Weerasethakul and Elizabeth Price (GB), the winner of
Turner price 2012. Weerasethakul´s film is made into "a blessing", being rooted
in Thai tradition of playing "a king´s hymn" before every screening. The third
En Garde! – screening displays three visionary single take titles from the
fields of short films and video art from Mihaly Iványi´s "Wind", the winner of
Palme d´Or in 1996 to Daniel Kötter´s (DE) impressive 43-minute long "Neues
Theater", which reflects the post-communist changes in the public and cultural
spaces in Poland. Virvatulet ’13 ("Ghost Lights ´13") presents a selection of
titles that have been under distribution of the finnish media art distribution
centre AV-arkki in the past year.
SEMINAR AND LECTURE PERFORMANCE IN KUVA
on Friday 12.4. in Finnish Academy of Fine Arts there is a seminar in two parts.
In the first session Bruce McClure, Sami van Ingen and Marek Pluciennik will
discuss their work and methods about film performances. Laura Minici Zotti
(IT), the director of Museo del Precinema in Padua will then have a lecture
performance where she reconstructs a Laterna Magica show about Charles Dickens’
travel to Italy.
Irina Spicaka (LV) has curated the workshop series Creative Coding for Live
Visuals, organized in collaboration with transdisciplinary platform Pixelache.
The workshop series is open to everyone and will be held by Nuno Correia
(PT/FI), Krisjanis Rijnieks (LV) and Matti Niinimäki. The workshops
culminate with an AV performance by the participants in Bar Sandro on Saturday
As part of the CCLV workshops program there will be installation "Metasphere", a
collaboration by Irina Spicaka, Krisjanis Rijnieks and Platon Buravic (LV)
exhibited in Node Gallery in Aalto University Arabia campus (5th floor) 8 -
AAVE festival´s side events include Yokotai-group’s (Kai Niemeläinen, Jaana
Penttinen and Tiina Penttinen) exhibition at Gallery Sorbus in Kallio (opening
at 8.4). The group will also perform at a VJ session in Bar Sandro’s on Friday
WELCOME TO THE WARM-UP
Welcome to the festival warm-up event at Borg Soundlab on Wednesday 10.4.
starting 7pm to see works of video artist Antonello Matarazzo (IT) and listen
to the music performance of musicians Libero Mureddu, Moritz Cartheuser and
All events are free of charge as in the past editions of the festival. Enjoy!
Ivan Punzo and Kari Yli-Annala
The festival is organized by KAiKU ry, Nomadic Academy of Experimental Arts and
City of Helsinki Cultural Office
http://www.aavefestival.org (Get the calendar from there!),
FESTIVAL INFO POINT
Tovi -pop up space in Lasipalatsi, Mannerheimintie 22-24
Malmitalo, Ala-Malmin tori 1, http://www.malmitalo.fi/
Borg Soundlab, Linnankatu 7,
Sorbus Galleria, Vaasankatu 15, http://sorbusgalleria.tumblr.com/
Bar Sandro, Kolmas Linja 17 Kuvataideakatemian auditorio, Kaikukatu 4 Aalto
FabLab, Hämeentie 135 A, http://www.kuva.fi
Node Gallery, Hämeentie 135 C, Arabia University Campus,