The set of works Scope consists of photo-based works, a readymade-based installations, and a video essay.
The photo-based works hung on the walls are my photographs from 2015–2021, which, apart from two, I have distorted with the help of artificial intelligence. I have selected some areas in my photos, after which the tool I use has filled those selected areas with new pixel combinations imitating or trying to mimic the “reality” of the photos – as if suggesting that the image in the selected area could transform into this instead of the camera´s suggestion. The results are often surreally whimsical or disturbed.
The installation of readymade objects, brings together the technical communication devices or parts of them used by modern human, as well as organic elements such as pieces of wood. Using various methods, I have manipulated the technical equipment, altering their intended functions, usually to a seemingly broken state.
The title work of the exhibition is a video essay titled Scope (2020). It consists of programmed photographs, text, and music. At the beginning, “I” and “you” merge, after which the human mind seems to be in a somewhat fickle state. It flies impulsively to different countries and wanders about, surprising even itself, performing different actions and thoughts, and receiving and sending different messages.
Script, direction, photography, text and edit: Saku Soukka
Music: Tatu Rönkkö
Programming: Matti Hyvönen
Duration: 23 min. 45 sec.
The making and presentation of the work has been supported by The Arts Promotion Centre Finland (Taike), The Promotion Centre for Audiovisual Culture (AVEK), Frame Contemporary Art Finland and The Finnish Cultural Foundation.
Window In-between (2009-2018) is a video essay (63 min.) and collection of photograph works hanged on walls. The works visualize the relation in between human and urban environment – and the human relation to the self and other people – through a dialogue between inside and outside spaces. Separation, friendships, loveships, concept of home, advertising in public spaces and internet are present. The video essay is divided in four parts based on seasons. Photos, texts and sounds are wandering and drifting in different directions as the mind does. There is a glass-like surface between the inside and outside world, searching for its form. All the photographs of the whole are taken in Helsinki city.
Video work Stream (2014)brings up dialogue between exterior and interior as well as movement and stagnation. Sections related to the sea, airports and to the other public transports visualizes movement while on the other hand the protagonist is inside “doing nothing”. Video is often repeated mechanically and passing of time is disturbed.
Manuscripting, directing, filming, sound designing and editing: Saku Soukka
Senses of a Blind (2013) is photograph projection in which photos fades in and out and sometimes they are blinking faster. The work deals with thematics of seeing, hiding and appearance – and the relation in-between human and animal in dark landscapes and places. Sound consist of field recordings.
Plastic Past (2008-2013) is collection of photographic works which are dealing with the relation in-between human and plastic. In the set of works photographs are sometimes united with readymade objects and they get also sculptural forms.
Always (2009-2011) is collection of 12 photograph diptychs.
Sea divided and mountains splitted. Heart beat twice and life continued. Characters of scenes lived for the reflection – because of it – walked mirrors in their pockets. Sometimes views were divided into pieces and sometimes time stopped.