IV LAYER Beautiful Confusion (2017)


I made a hundred-meter-long painting on blank film in 2008, and named it Pori–Helsinki. Pori is the town I was born in and lived first 20 years of my life. Helsinki is the city I moved from Pori. To me the painting process was a mental travel between these two places. Tapani Rinne and Tuomas Norvio (aka Verneri Lumi) made the soundtrack. Pori-Helsinki became the ground layer of this diary project.

My second hand-painted film/ layer is called Sea. Sea is painted upon the 35 mm negative made of Pori-Helsinki. The result is dark scenes. The working title of Sea was Helsinki-Stockholm as it was premiered at the same time in two cities across the sea, Helsinki and Stockholm. Pentti Dassum made the soundtrack.

The third layer to the series is named Attraction and it is painted upon the film copy of Sea. Attraction is an abstraction of nature and garden. Attraction also refers to the early film term “cinema of attractions”. Emma Augustsson, Anton Svanberg and Jesper Eriksson made the soundtrack.

The fourth layer to the series is named Beautiful Confusion. It's hand painted on the film copy of Attraction. In this piece, I have mixed video image with film. The soundtrack of Beautiful Confusion is built with the same principle as the image, using different technical layers. The soundtrack is a collage of P.P.Puska's and Zemlja's improvisations on top of c-cassette recordings from the eighties.

So in this open-ended (life-long?) series, each new work is painted as a new layer upon earlier works. Like episodes in human life, old works trail off when new ones emerge on the surface. This method of using the old as a background for the new makes the resulting chain resemble the human psychic system as it builds up over time. In this system, events of bygone episodes remain effective in the tacit substructures of one's personal history. Likewise, the old images on my film have not passed away entirely. They get restored underneath the film's visible layers and generate a reservoir of hidden images.

After hand-painting on physical film there has been digital after process already in the first work "Pori Helsinki" but more and more in the works following it. So, after each new layer of paint the film has been scanned into digital format and post-producted. Lately digital process has taken a more distinct role. In this series analog technology and digital technology are interlaced the same way as my memories back from the "analog world" are mixed with more recent ideas.


III LAYER Attraction (2015)



II LAYER Sea (2013)



I LAYER Pori-Helsinki (2008-)


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