This work on video is a video performance where the body is regarded as machinic and carnal. Crude representations are juxtaposed with the flesh of the performer, not unlike the costumes and objects of the performance. The point of research was focused on the unarticulated relations between the dominant and minor – carnal and affective knowledge and memory, the oppression of race and the desiring-machine conjunctions.
Duration 22 minutes
Camera: Malgorzata Mazur
Sound design: Taina Riikonen
Costume design: Goa von Zweygbergk
Script, performance and editing: Tero Nauha
Wywrotka / Capsizing (2013)
Video made for the project “Life in Bytom.”
Premiere 24.11.2012. CSW KRONIKA, Bytom.
This work on video is part of a larger project ”Life in Bytom”, which was presented at the Gallery CSW Kronika in Bytom, Poland from November 24, 2012, to January 26, 2013. This project was a research based on the social investigation, which resulted in work on the video, printed matter and live performance, ”Life in Bytom.”
This work on video is based on interviews, workshops, archive material and my personal experiences in Bytom, which is a post-industrial mining town in Silesia, the Katowice mining area. In 2012 I was invited to carry out a project in the post-industrial city of Bytom in Upper Silesia, Poland, by the curator Stanisław Ruksza from the Kronika Art Centre in Bytom. I travelled several times to Bytom from Finland during a period of nine months. These visits consisted of workshops, interviews, archive visits; I was following affectively the transformation of life that had started so feverishly some twenty years ago. In Bytom, I often heard the phrase that Bytom was the ‘Detroit of Poland’. People would make jokes about the ground under the city of Bytom that was starting to resemble a Swiss cheese, because of the unfilled, defunct mining tunnels. In this regard, Bytom was starting to look like a symbol of the overall transformation from industrialism to the market economy, which, instead of being controlled, has been a meandering in the folds of mining tunnels of inconsistency, arbitrary decisions and inconclusive durations.
Final edit finished November 2014
http://lifeinbytom.org | http://kronika.org.pl
One-channel works on video
Duration: 27 minutes
Camera: Małgorzata Mazur
Sound: Łukasz Jastrubczak
Script, direction, performance and editing: Tero Nauha
Voice-over: Marek Pluciennik
Translation: Karolina Kucia
Sound mixing: Taina Riikonen
Post-production: Małgorzata Mazur
Production support: AVEK, The Frame Visual Art Finland, Theatre Academy of the Art University, Live Art Development Agency, London, TAhTO Research School.
Castanheiro do Vento (2009)
A still image animation made after visiting a megalithic, archaelogical site at Castanheiro do Vento, close to Foz Coa in Portugal. By invitation of Goncalo Velho.
One minute, 360 degrees and several audio tracks from the working process in the site.
Luumupuun kukkia – Vuori (2008)
Kolmiosaisen videoprojisoinnin yksi osa. Näissä teoksissa käsittelen likaisuuden tai saastuneisuuden metafyysisiä määritteitä. Teosten eräänä lähtökohtana zen-buddhalainen filosofian traditio, erityisesti Dogen Zenjin(1200-1253) ja Ikkyun (1394-1481) ajattelu. Pyrin lähestymään tämän filosofisen tradition suhdetta saastumiseen, likaan ja negatiivisuuden käsitteisiin, pyrkien näin tuomaan esiin zen-buddhalaisen ajattelun eron verrattuna dualistisiin ajattelutraditioihin.
Videoteos on osa sarjaa ”Luumupuun kukkia”, josta on valmistunut osa ”Ensi oksa” vuonna 2006.
Vuori on pyhä ja saastainen, koskematon ja tulkitsematon. Vuoren kuva, sen representaatio on pelkkä ajatus, ja samalla todellisuuden kuva.
Videoteos ”Vuori” tulkitsee zen-traditioita ajatteluun ja mielen harhautumiseen liittyviä tulkintoja. Zen-filosofiaa seuraten, ”Vuori” on kuin rikkaruoho, turhien ja turhautuneiden ajatusten loputon ja loppumaton virtaus.
Etenkin Dogenin filosofia käsittelee ajattelua ja sen muodosteita, jotka zen ajattelu ymmärtää aina todellisuuden vääristyminä. Teoksessani pyrin tuomaan esiin näitä ajattelun ”rikkaruohoja”, niiden hyväksymistä ja antautumista niille. Jos ajattelu sinänsä on jotain sellaista, johon ei voida luottaa, ei zen buddhalaisessa traditiossa myöskään ole tarvetta tukahduttaa ajatuksia – rikkaruohoja, jotka valtaavat mielen.
Videon dialogissa on lainauksia zen opettajien ja runoilijoiden Dogenin ja Ikkyun kirjoituksista, vapaasti käännettyinä ja tulkittuna.
The Plumtree Blossoms (2007)
This video work is the first part of a series that, which is vaguely based on a poetic text called “Baika” (Plum blossoms) by a Zen master Dogen Zenji (1200-1253). An old plum tree is a representation of the all-encompassing nature of Buddha dharma. Narrative questions and the philosophies behind that are the base inquiries of these video works.
Documentation of a soundperformance by MNortham, Maxim Sentelevs and JGrzinich in Hyvinkää. During a “Solstice”-workshop, in Lato in summer 2005.
Project towards what is left, which is the economy of a waste. I made a walking piece in the city of Chicago, which photographic documentation I used to make a video. During several months I went to explore spaces in my then hometown Chicago, which were “monuments that have forgotten the future”. One starting point was a famous environmental art piece by Robert Smithson called Passaic, New Jersey, from 1967. I wandered around the areas that got to know, at the same time expanding my territory, photographing sites, which had not useful, precise function; sites which until now, or not anymore had no meaning.
I paid attention to the lush nature in these locations; it seemed like that all the wild weeds appears to burst over the boundaries of the signified spaces. The city Plan of Chicago is based on a grid model. Opposing this functional design, I found this rhizomatic network of a-signifying spaces. The video work builds on a photographic animation of these sites.
For me, the idea of walking in an urban environment and as a social behaviour relates to the ideas conceived by the Situationist International in 1950’s and 60’s. Their concept of dérive, ”drifting” was an idea of walking as an effective and playful way to transform the perception of the world and in this way change the structure of the society itself. Walking is a way to define and deconstruct a city.
Walking in an urban environment is a play between these two polarities: I might be entirely convinced that everything around me has a rational, pragmatic function, everything insignificant. Suddenly, I have to catch my breath, accidentally I lose my balance and then, for an instant the architecture looks different, I become aware of myself in the world. For a walker, the world is distinct from the world seen through the windshield.
Krakatau – discussion with a stone (2001)
A film crew travels from Java to the volcano island of Krakatau with the intention to record the underground sound of the volcano. There are puffs of smoke, but no sound. The technology fails, and the stone will not open its door. The unfortunate crew withdraws humiliated from the island.
Yet Unknown (1998)
The video simulates pictures that Hitler has taken of himself. In the photos he is posing in a pompous way in a dramatic light. By the time he was yet unknown, still preparing melodramatic body-lanquage to emphasize the retoric of his speeches.