Sunday, April 17, 2016

Today is the last day of AAVE festival, with the underlying theme of this year being "The Human Condition". This title can of course be found in Hannah Arendt`s book and today we continue even more into the themes by Arendt by exploring the banality of the everyday evil, without forgetting the metaphysical aspect (which we also bring "back to earth") in Pekka Sassi´s Kolja-saga at 15:00. Late Andrzej Zulawski´s The Third of the Night is a metaphysical horror-tale about the II World war. If you know the films by Andrei Tarkovski and David Lynch, Zulawski has his house definitely in the same region of dreams. Finally the day will end with two beautiful performances, another one in Malmitalo at 18:00, "Some minutes afet midnight", by Xavier Quérel and another one, "Diafonia" by Kuljuntausta & van Ingen in WHS Theatre Union at 21:30 which reminds about the value of working as a pair, as the last secrtion also bears the name "in tandem".
Today is also the last day of two of the exhibitions, SYSTEMS II is in the Space for Free Arts in Vilhovuorenkuja 16 (open at, 15:00 – 19:00), and Rudi Weidenauer´s Lost to Contact in MAA-tila (Albertinkatu 19, open at 13:00 – 18:00). WELCOME! You can find the whole program from
Finally, here a brief introduction to the first film of the day, screened at 13:00 in Malmitalo (introduced by Olaf Möller "live", don´t miss this):
Franz Kafka´s story of "Hunger artist" has been an inspiration for Artist of Fasting by Adachi Masao, a film about “the last remaining means of resistance: fasting”. Adachi knows what he is talking bout when he deals with art and activism. After years of work including making politicised “pink films” Adachi joined Fusako Shigenobu’s Japanese Red Army (“28-year-long activities in Lebanon devoted to the independence of Palestine”) and was ultimately arrested in Lebanon and extradited to Japan in 2000, where he served a short sentence.
"In Artist of Fasting unexplained act of individual non-action as action creates confusion and deliberation in the community, and soon the lip-sealed protagonist finds himself becoming a media sensation and surrounded by an entourage of eccentrics - ranging from yakuzas to the Doctors for Borders - who claim to speak on his behalf. As noise musician Otomo Yoshihide’s unusually upbeat soundtrack skips along, the sex-tinted comedy finds Adachi taking a bite into a range of controversial topics from ISIS to the historical discrimination of the aboriginal Ainu people from northern Japan. Harking back to performance art of the 1960s in which he took part, the shooting of the film was in itself a performative intervention as Adachi and his team shot primarily at one inner city location over a period of a month. A cutting indictment of contemporary Japan, the absurdist theatre staged by Adachi questions the callous abuse of the individual by the state as well as the inability of onlookers to lend a hand to the defenceless." (Rotterdam Film Festival program)
AAVE 2016 transports you to the edges of humanity, not fearing even the most desperate of situations. Going against the forces that tend to break down the structures of society’s well-being, we want to accentuate the importance of…

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