ELENA NÄSÄNEN/ PERMANTO, AULA RITA JOKIRANTA/ MONTTU, PARVI

04.11.2011 - 27.11.2011

 

 

ELENA NÄSÄNEN: ROUND

 

 


RITA JOKIRANTA: EVERY IMAGE IS A BEGINNING

Every image may be a beginning for storytelling.

The video installation Every Image Is a Beginning by Rita Jokiranta shows at the same time several small events, in the same way as things in life occur randomly and contemporarily. In the videos, nature phenomena and urban environment, silence and throbbing, abstract and a kind of documentary sequences are paralleled. The starting point is to record an ephemeral occurrence and present it so that the viewer is challenged to compare it to his or her own experiences and feelings when interpreting the images. A connection to the film history and structure gives helpful models for the interpretation, but in the installation the traditional linear narrative is deconstructed and the viewer only gets beginnings or fragments to spin off the story. The moving images and sound are combined in random order and comprise momentarily a transient visual narrative, which might only be saved in the viewer's memory. How the story will be told, is the viewer's task.

Beside the interpretation, the video work also gets us to think about the terms of seeing. There is a suspense between the parallell views, and under the surface may threat or anxciousness be hiding, escaping the gaze, but leaving an uncertain feeling of it in one's mind. Beyond narrativity, the installation deals with our mental visualization and may in a way also be compared to that information flow which overwhelms us every day. The images roll on us, stay in mind and do not leave us in peace.

Rita Jokiranta makes her footage mainly close to her everyday life, like writing a diary and using familiar subjects. Her art often explores the dynamic between image, event and interpretation. She works mostly with video installations and photos, but also with installations, sound and light.

Rita Jokiranta Every Image Is a Beginning, 2011. Video installation. 16:9. Duration approx. 10 min, loop.

www.ritajokiranta.com

Artist talk on Sunday November 6, 2 pm. Welcome!