Scope is a set of works which consists of video essay and photographic works installed on walls.
The video essay Scope (2012-2020) is made of programmed photographs, texts and music and it deals with dissociative experience and fluidity of the human mind and the self. The ”I” and ”you” of the work merge into one at the beginning of the work. After that the human mind wanders, drifts and associates unexpectedly. The protagonist flies impulsively to different countries, performs different kind of actions and ideas and receives and sends different kind of messages. Each photo transformation is individually defined by digital craftsmanship and coding. Photographs form hybrid views like moving digital paintings while confronting each other. Different kind of evaporations, amalgamations and deflections happen – until a photograph takes the form which camera has set for it – for a moment.
The photographic works installed on walls are photographs which are often distorted with artificial intelligence. Saku Soukka has selected some parts of his photographs and then the tool, which he has used, has been filling those areas with new pixel combinations so that it imitates or try to imitate the ”reality” of the photos. Results are usually surreal and glitchy.
The video essay and material photograph-based works are both bringing up questions about authenticity. They contemplate on the nature of the human mind and the reality around the human in such a way that the form of the works supports the subject.
Until now making and exhibiting of the works is supported by The Arts Promotion Centre Finland (Taike), AVEK and Frame Contemporary Art Finland.
Window In-between (2009-2018) is a video essay (63 min.) and collection of photograph works hanged on walls. The works visualize the relation between human and urban environment – and the human relation to the self – through a dialogue between inside and outside spaces. Existential identity contemplation and perception are present. Loneliness, isolation, the concept of home, advertising in public spaces and its juxtaposition with the present of a modern person in social medias are highlighted. The video essay is divided in four parts based on seasons. The narrative and autobiographical entity of photos, texts, and sounds are wandering and drifting in different directions as they will. The mind is an ever-changing window where the breeze blows both in and out. 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.
Paperipeili (2016) is debut book which has selfknowledge and social dynamics as main themes. It touch on and unites various subthemes such as traveling, seasons, climate change, light, darkness, religion, love and death in an autobiographical way.
Photographs and poems: Saku Soukka
Layout: Saku Soukka
Technical realization of layout: Janne Lehtinen
Publisher: Noxboox (2016)
Size: 17,3 cm x 24,5 cm, 160 pages (soft cover, bound)
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 and wistfullness of universe while on the other hand the character is inside “doing nothing”. Video is often repeated mechanically and passing of time is disturbed.
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.