1. Synchronized 3-Channel Video Installation
    (digital version of large-scale video projections)
    From "Puut Punalle Maat Sinelle" (red the Trees & Green the Land) Exhibition, MediaPiste Gallery, Pori Art Museum, Pori Finland. November 29, 2013 - January 19, 2014.

    Directed & Produced by Cherie Sampson
    2015
    In English & Finnish
    Vocals/singing: Merja Soria; Overtone singing: Alex Khalil; Spoken word chants: Meria Soria (Finnish) and Cherie Sampson (English).
    Rearrangements of texts (Cherie Sampson) from The Kalevala: Epic of the Finnish People (Eino Friberg, translation). Performances: Cherie Sampson.
    Shot on location at Koli National Park, North Karelia, Finland.

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  2. The body/s are multiplied and shift orientation at the crossing of two large decaying spruce trees, merging into and from the life and entropy embodied in the seasonal and biological cycles of the forest. Falling in and out of focus the figures evoke vulnerability. The spoken text (in English, with chants in Finnish) is drawn from the Finnish epic poem The Kalevala - the poetry, with ancient origins, has been rearranged in a subversion of the original text to form a new narrative: descriptions of the felling of the forest and its demise eventually gives way to that of its renewal.

    This project was made possible with support from:
    - Fulbright Center Finland
    - Finnish Cultural Foundation (North Karelia Fund)
    - North Karelia Arts Council & Koli Ryynänen
    - University of Eastern Finland
    -Thanks also to Liisa & Jukka Tommila & Leena Jarva

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  3. Created in Finland in March, 2011 as the long dark winter was beginning its descent, this video-performance was shot in late afternoon when twilight in the far north appears to last forever, as if a vibrational drone that becomes stronger and longer as the season progresses toward the equinox and eventually summer. The black figure personifies the darkness, against the backdrop of snow-laden trees like animated figures themselves ('tykkylumi' in Finnish).

    Music: Merja Soria. Overtone singing: Alexander Khalil. Video & Audio editing: Cherie Sampson. Video recorded at Akka Koli, Koli, Finland. Audio recorded at Capricorn Studios, San Diego.

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  4. First version of "Night Passing":

    Created in Finland at the end of February 2011 as the long dark winter was beginning its descent, this video-performance was shot in late afternoon when twilight in the far north appears to last forever, as if a vibrational drone that becomes stronger and longer as the season progresses toward the equinox and eventually summer. The black figure personifies the darkness, against the backdrop of snow-laden trees like animated figures ('tykkylumi' in Finnish) and the exquisitly shifting light under low, fast-moving cloud cover…

    Music: Merja Soria. Overtone singing: Alexander Khalil. Video & Audio editing: Cherie Sampson. Video shot in Lainio, Finnish Lapland. Audio recorded at Capricorn Studios, San Diego.

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  5. Video installation and performance presented at Taidekeskus Ahjo (Ahjo Art Center), Joensuu, Finland, July-August 2012. 9 minute excerpt from 3-hour performance. A series of live performances took place in the gallery space - 3 hour performances each day, 5 days a week for a period of three consecutive weeks. (Video here shows cuts from several different segments of the live performance with video projections)

    Artist, producer and performer: Cherie Sampson
    Music: Merja Soria
    Overtone Singing: Alexander Khalil
    Spoken Voices: Merja Soria & Cherie Sampson
    Audio and Video arrangements/post-production & video installation: Cherie Sampson
    Passages selected from The Kalevala (and rearranged by Cherie Sampson).
    English translation of the epic used: Eino Friberg.

    Costume design: Kerri Packard

    Thanks to all of the staff at Ahjo Art Center (Jari, Esko and Tomi!) , Liisa & Jukka Tommila, Stephan Herbers and the Koli community (& Yrjö Sepänmaa and the University of Eastern Finland for hosting my Fulbright period at UEF during 2011).

    This project was supported in part by a grant from the Finnish Cultural Foundation (North Karelia Regional Fund).

    Fusing live performance & video installation, this 25- minute piece contemplates an idyllic boreal forest, its destruction through deforestation and eventual renewal. Projected video imagery depicting performance vignettes shot in Finnish forests of birch, pine and spruce and an audio track comprised of chanted poetry (in English and in Finnish) and forest soundscapes set the ‘stage’ for the solo performance-installation. Video is projected onto silk scrims within a constructed sculptural installation space and onto the all-white costumed performer. Simultaneous projections of video imagery, sound and live performance create an interactive, metaphoric and meditative space.

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Video-performance works by environmental artist, Cherie Sampson, created in wilderness and rural environments in the U.S. and Finland, 2004-2012. These performance works made for the camera explore an intimate and contemplative interaction with the diverse…


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Video-performance works by environmental artist, Cherie Sampson, created in wilderness and rural environments in the U.S. and Finland, 2004-2012. These performance works made for the camera explore an intimate and contemplative interaction with the diverse environments of ice and snow, forests and lakes. The performances occur in 'found landscapes' and/or in sculptural spaces constructed in the environment in which the body of the artist is interteriorized. The figure may appear at once human, animal and vegetative with the performances reflecting upon and mimicking patterns in the environment and the stirring and stilling of time.

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