Annette Arlander

KASEMATTI 1

”The Shores of Harakka Island 2002-2008”
The video installation presented in the ammunition cellar 1 is part of the memory of Harakka and part of my own memory as well. Of a series which I started in 2002, where I have video filmed the landscape on Harakka in the same place once a week for a year and named the years after the Chinese calendar, the six first ones are shown here now. This is a something like a half way report or a retrospective in miniature. I have chosen one video where the shore is playing the main part from each year’s installation and another one where I am present, too. The years are the Year of the Horse 2002, Year of the Goat 2003, Year of the Monkey 2004, Year of the Rooster 2005, Year of the Dog 2006 and Year of the Pig 2007. The shores of Harakka Island present themselves as formed by the seasons and changes in the weather.

Shadow on the bench (Varjo penkillä – Skuggan på bänken) (27 min.) is a separate work from 2009, video filmed in 2006-2007, which has been inspired by a painting by Helene Scjerfbeck, ”Skuggan på muren” (Shadow on the Wall). Here the first part is shown in a monitor to the right.

Camera, performer, editing: Annette Arlander

”Gas masks”
In the auditorium of the Artist’s house a video fragment is shown on Sundays, an extract from a theatre performance presented in that same space during the winter 1993-94. The project TEE (tila esityksen elementtinä, that is, space as an element of a performance) produced a series of performances “Some Conversations” (“Joitakin keksusteluja”). The fourth performance was created for Harakka island and utilised the military past of the island, i.e. texts on public safety in war time. To present the video in the same space gives possibility to create a cross image of several time dimensions.

The Shores of Harakka Island 2002-2008 installation consists of a projection and a monitor image:
On the screen the following videos are shown non stop:
Year of the Horse 2. duration 6,30 min. (2003)
Year of the Goat 4, duration 13,40 min. (2004)
Year of the Monkey 3. duration 3,54 min. (2005)
Year of the Rooster – view. duration 6,24 min. (2006)
Year of the Dog – the view. duration 8,10 min. (2007)
Year of the Pig – the skyline. duration 12,34 min. (2008)

In the monitor to the left the following videos are shown non stop:
Year of the Horse 1. duration 6,30 min. (2003)
Year of the Goat 2. duration 13,40 min. (2004)
Year of the Monkey 13. duration 3,54 min. (2005)
Year of the Rooster – sitting. duration 6,24 min. (2006)
Year of the Dog – Sitting in a Tree. duration 8,10 min. (2007)
Year of the Pig – the Skyline (standing). längd 12,34 min. (2008)

The videos are parts of installations that have been shown for the first time in the following exhibitions:
Year of the Horse on Harakka – diary and performance document, Telegraph of Harakka 3.-16.6. 2003
Vision and Mind, Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art 29.5.-26.9.2004
Tomtebo – Year of the Monkey on Harakka, Telegraph of Harakka 20.7.-31.7.2005
Year of the Rooster, Ammunition cellar on Harakka 19.7.-6.8.2006
Three Pine Trees – In the Year of the Dog 2006, Telegraph of Harakka 4.7.-22.7.2007
Year of the Pig, Telegraph of Harakka 13.-31.8. 2008

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