Me/ Näkki, 2014
Directed, shot and edited by Niina Kiiveri
Performed by Heta Lähdesmäki
Music by Mari Sainio (http://www.marisainio.com)
Väri / Color
Näkki (also known as Neck) is a water spirit from Finnish folklore. Usually regarded as a man figure he lures people under water by disguising as a woman and playing irresistible music with his golden violin. He lives in lakes and rapids. He is deadly but tempting. A symbol of vice.
My water spirit wears glittering fish skin and smooth, silk like sea weed on the red carpet.
Part of “Me/ a Myth” project (http://meamyth.tumblr.com/)
// INTAC 2014 (http://intac.tumblr.com/)
Me/ A Myth
The ancient myths are breathing with us, and are not just a part of our forgotten past.
The artists take on the challenge and turn old local and global myths into video performance characters. Myths are still living in our time but the change has been inevitable. These videos show eight interpretations of different mythologies starting from the birth of the world.
The mythological characters take the form of almost mundane presence. They’re not too far from our selves and our lives.
Me/ a Myth is a part of International Art Collaborations, a project between Tampere University of Applied Sciences (Tampere, Finland), OCAD University (Toronto, Canada), Chung Ang University (Seoul, Korea) and BTK ( Berlin, Germany).