Quiet Cue #137.2
Sumutus: Finnish Poetry Videos
Video poetry, the fusion of poetry and experimental film, is a young and
fast growing genre of art. In the Sumutus Evening, a selection of poetry videos
from Finland will be shown. Finnish poet Mari Laaksonen and Austrian poet
and audiovisual performer Oravin will lead through the evening, giving a brief
talk on the art form of video poetry and introducing the screened artists.
The evening will end with an audiovisual performance.
All films will have English or German subtitles.
Featured video poets:
J.K. Ihalainen (*1957) is a Finnish poet and publisher who has worked
in co-operation with musicians and visual artists. He has published numerous titles
in the last thirty years. His poetry video "Kone" was shown at the Zebra Poetry
Film Festival 2010.
Tytti Heikkinen (*1969) is a poet and media artist with a day job as a graphic designer.
She has published three books of poetry. Her first book, The Warmth of the Taxidermied
Animal, has been translated into English (Action Books 2013).
Joona Ruusuvuori (*1981) is a musician and poet. His first book, Ambulansseja taivaalla
("Ambulances in the Sky“), was published in 2012 at Sanasato. He has been working on
poetry animations for several years.
Mari Laaksonen (*1986) has been the champion of the Finnish Poetry Slam 2013.
Lately she has been working on cutout animations and her thesis on performativity in
Derrida’s writing. Her first book, Galleria Noesis, was published in 2013 at Ntamo.
Oravin (*1984) is an Austrian poet and audiovisual performer. He has lived in Graz,
Reykjavik and Berlin. Since September 2013, he is part of Babelsprech, a network of
young German language poets. Oravin currently resides in Finland and Austria.
His work can be found at http://oravin.tumblr.com
Sumutus us a new platform for Finnish audiovisual poetry. In April and May of 2014,
it organizes a small tour of poetry videos through Austria and Germany.
In November 2014, it will host a small festival in Jyväskylä, Central Finland.