Aily Nash & Jaakko Pallasvuo – screening and conversation25.08.2017 - 26.08.2017
Kiasma Seminar room
Friday the 25th of August, 2017, 16-18
Artist Jaakko Pallasvuo and curator Aily Nash will present three moving image works that connect to forms, intentions and ideas in Pallasvuo’s latest video Filter (2017). Filter is preoccupied with nostalgia, cultural and historical debt, and the mechanisms and institutions of filmmaking, and formally investigates the essay format. The work sprung from a wish to make an analogue essay film, but it ended up being shot mostly on an iPad app simulating 8mm film grain, laughing nervously at itself.
“The ‘essay’ signifies ‘an attempt.’ […] Risk is inherent in any trial or attempt, and hence the essayist ‘goes under cover,’ we might say, in various guises of fictionality.” —Denise Gigante
The program includes Mary Helena Clark’s The Dragon is the Frame (2014), James N. Kienitz Wilkins’s Indefinite Pitch (2016) and Steve Reinke’s Joke (Version One) (1991). All of which, through their own approaches to the essay mode, illustrate a formal awareness of what it means to produce images today.
The Dragon is the Frame is described by Clark as an “experimental detective film,” while the narrator of Indefinite Pitch carries traces of the hard-boiled protagonists of 1940s Film Noir. Joke (Version One) unfolds as a mystery of mistaken identity and death. Maybe these works could be categorized as essay films, and maybe essay films are whodunits where the murderer is never caught.
The screening will be followed by a conversation with Pallasvuo and Nash.
Aily Nash is a curator based in New York. She is co-curator of Projections, the New York Film Festival’s artists’ film and video section, and a Biennial advisor and co-curator of the film program for the 2017 Whitney Biennial. In August 2017 Nash takes part to the MOBIUS Fellowship Program by the Finnish Cultural Institute in New York. Her stay in Helsinki is hosted by Kiasma.
Jaakko Pallasvuo (b. 1987) is an internet-based artist working in Helsinki and Berlin. He has studied at the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts in Helsinki. Pallasvuo’s semi-autobiographical video essays revolve around how identities are constructed and performed in networked media environments. Pallasvuo is one of the artists of Kiasma’s current ARS17 exhibition (open until 14th of January 2018).
The event is organized by Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma in collaboration with the Finnish Cultural Institute in New York’s MOBIUS Fellowship Program.