Seven contemporary Finnish video artists took part in HOME Artists Film Weekender 16 film festival on Friday 30th of September – Sunday 2nd of October 2016. Curated by Laura Köönikkä and Darja Zaitsev from Finnish Art Agency, the Finnish focus comprised of two screening sessions offering insights into poetic minds and surreal thoughts of artists Dave Berg, Hannaleena Heiska, Anssi Kasitonni, Mikko Keskiivari, Nabb+Teeri, Elena Näsänen, Paola Suhonen and Nastja Säde Rönkkö.
“Video art can respond to and explore the nature of the medium itself, it is expressly suited to take advantage of the ubiquity of digital moving image that everyone, the world over, consumes all day, every day. Video art can riff upon the familiar, from soap opera to music video and documentary, and thus create a hugely accessible bridge for audience interpretation. Or it can present the other extreme, throwing up such peculiar oddity that an audience is frozen, unable to know how to respond. Video artists are therefore double-agents, able to cross the divide and back again, poking at the status quo so that we might be reminded to challenge authorship and intent behind a relentless, 24/7 stream of subjective media.
I’m curious to see to what extent, if any, a sense of place specific to Finland – a resonance or frequency – might leak from the screen in the artists’ work that our friends and colleagues at Finnish Art Agency has curated. If not in subject, then in approach, or pace, style of edit, or even a notable absence.”
– Bren O’Callaghan, Visual Art Programme Manager, Artist Film Weekender film festival
HOME (formerly Cornerhouse) is a European leader in artist film. HOME Artist Film exploits innovation across the production, distribution and exhibition of feature length films made by filmmakers with a background in visual arts. HOME is also a trailblazer in exhibition with the UK’s only 5 screen cinema dedicated to specialized and independent film, is the lead organization for the British Film Institute (BFI) Film Audience Network for the North West Central England region and BFI Film Academy for the North West Central UK. HOME also host and produce Feature Expanded: a unique training programme examining the methodologies, tools and skills needed for filmmakers with a background in visual arts to develop and produce feature films.
Artist Film Weekender 30.9.–2.10.2016
2 Tony Wilson Place