Performance - The birth of a nation - Sami van Ingen // Crazy May - Maarit Suomi-Väänänen

Maarit Suomi-Väänänen

Crazy May

Imagine walking through a surreal location covered in mist and approaching eccentric, uncanny and whimsical projections. You have just entered Maarit Suomi-Väänänen’s universe. Suomi-Väänänen’s latest work, Crazy May, brings together Up And About Again (2009), In a Musty, Misty Thicket (2012) and Log Head (2015). The common thread in this trilogy is the psychological tensions, absurdity and atavistic behaviour portrayed in each piece. Up And About Again and In a Musty, Misty Thicket have been shown and won awards in over 150 various venues over 30 countries. The trilogy is co-produced with the YLE Finnish Broadcasting Company, AVEK the Promotion Centre of Audiovisual Culture and the Finnish Cultural Foundation. Crazy May was born out of Suomi-Väänänen’s participation in artist residencies at the Banff Centre in Canada, EMARE Media Artists Residency in France, Kinokino Art and Film Centre in Norway and Saari Residence in Finland. <br /> In Crazy May, abandoned landscapes play central roles, where speech is absent and inner worlds are exposed. A heightened awareness of one’s solitude is experienced as we journey through the metaphors of childhood, puberty and adulthood. The trilogy points towards the ultimate exploration of human’s inner state of being by combining black humour and cinematic special effects. A truly perfect celebration of madness.

Sami van Ingen

The Birth of a Nation

A multimedia performance (with film, video, slides & sound) exploring the supposedly intrinsic concepts of a nationhood through deviations into the Finnish national epic Kalevala, abstruse found footage imagery and optical sounds.

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