Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Poetics of the Real, Politics of the Self
Peter Weiss and experimental cinema, 1949 – 2016
in Harakka island auditorium, Helsinki, 13.8.2017, 12:00 – 22.00


Peter Weiss (1916 – 1982) is best known for his writings and theatre plays, with his novel The Aesthetics of Resistance being one of the major works of German literature of the 20th
century. Weiss, however, started his artistic career as a painter, and in the 1950s he was primarily a filmmaker. His filmic oeuvre comprises experimental and documentary shorts as
well as two feature length films. Marked by personal economical crisis and an exhausting search for artistic expression and recognition, this period in the life of Peter Weiss characterizes the transition from a introspective view inspired by surrealism to the
engagement with social and political reality.

Weiss' interest in film began with writing reviews for Swedish newspapers. His theoretical reflections resulted in the 1956 book Avantgardefilm, which is among the first books of its kind: Through the analysis of a subjective choice of experimental films—from the 1920s to the post-war avant-garde—Weiss elaborates on the poetic power of the medium and its capacity to discover new audiovisual worlds.

Poetics of the Real, Politics of the Self takes Weiss' work with film as a direct and discursive vantage point. By thematizing inner conflict, alienation and family relations, time, space and
social discipline, body and identity as well as modern urban living and resistance, the selection of Swedish and international short films from 1949 to 2016 discusses the relationship between aesthetic and political subjectivity.

Each of the three programs is followed by a conversation with the audience. (F.W.)


There is a break in boat traffic between 12:00 and 13:00. We recommend the 12:00 ferryboat.

Welcome; coffee

Studie II (Hallucinationer), Peter Weiss, SE 1952, 6'
The Lead Shoes, Sidney Peterson, US 1949, 17'
Studie IV (Frigörelse), Peter Weiss, SE 1954, 9'
Red Shift, Gunvor Nelson, SE 1984, 50'

Break with food

If you come to see only this part, we recommend the 15:00 ferryboat.
Heidi Tikka will be present in the beginning of this section.

Enligt lag, Peter Weiss, Hans Nordenström, SE 1957, 18'
Metro Means of Conveyance, Olle Hedman, SE 1977, 7'
Es gibt Bilder, weil es Wände gibt – Ein Prolog, Sasha Pirker, AT 2013, 11'
On the Threshold of Liberty, Heidi Tikka, FI 1992, 11'
Schicht, Alex Gerbaulet, DE 2015, 28'

Break with drinks

If you come to see only this part, we recommend the 18:00 ferryboat.

Bag de ens facader, Peter Weiss, DK 1961, 27'
Aliena Kadabra, Åke Karlung, SE 1969, 6'
Ici rien, Daphne Hérétakis, FR/GR 2011, 30'
The Ceremony, Lina Selander, Oscar Mangione, SE 2016, 16'


Curated by Florian Wüst.
Moderated by Sezgin Boynik.
16mm film projector operated by Petteri Kalliomäki
Organised by Kari Yli-Annala/Nomadic academy of experimental arts. Free entry. Welcome!

With special thanks to Filmform, Stockholm, Arsenal – Institute for Film and Video Art, Berlin, sixpackfilm, Vienna, Alex Gerbaulet, Daphne Hérétakis, Lina Selander and Mika Taanila. The event is realised with the help of a grant from Finnish Cultural Foundation, Uusimaa Regional Fund. 

The event is the third "from noon to midnight" event organised by Nomadic academy of experimental arts. Because of the timetable of the ferryboat, we will leave the island at 22:00 and continue the last discussions in the city. The ferryboat to the island goes regularly (once in a half an hour) from the pier in the front of Cafe Ursula in Kaivopuisto Park – the return ticket costs 5 euros.
Lift the signal at the end of the pier up to invite the boat. Be sure to have cash with you for the ferryboat ticket!

More information: kari.yliannala(at) 


Also, we recommend warmly the artist Lydia Moyer’s screening one day before, Saturday 12.8., 14:00-16:00 in the same place!

Lydia Moyer (US):
The Forcing no. 2 (7 min)
Paradise (57 min)
Film screening and interview with the artist.
Harakka Artists’ House, 2nd floor Auditorium. Free entry.

The Forcing no. 2 (7 min)
Begun in the wake of recent (and ongoing) unrest in Ferguson, MO, The Forcing (no. 2) is a meditation on power and the longing for deliverance in contemporary America. It combines original sound and video with appropriated content, observing no hierarchy of image quality or authorship.

Paradise (57 min)
Made over the course of eight years, Paradise is an essay film that examines loss as it is written – or in many cases unwritten – on the land. Weaving between the poetic, the speculative and the personal, its ultimate focus is ownership and community in America and
the tolls those ideas have taken on the places we have made, imagined, and let go.

Lydia Moyer is a visual artist and media maker who lives and works in central Virginia, USA. Her work approaches documentary and journalistic concerns through the lens of art, collecting and manipulating archival, appropriated and original material to investigate the expressive potential of non-fiction. Working between moving images, photographs, and writing over the past ten years, she has produced a feature length video poem, over a dozen
shorts videos, and numerous artist’s books, some of which are collaborations with other writers. She is on the faculty of the art department at the University of Virginia.

Event organized by Harakka ry. More information:, +358 400 694 554

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