Scope (2012-)

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. Some parts of the photographs are selected and then the tool, which have been 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)

 

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. Works are autobiographical in a way which is related to the term autofiction. The video essay is divided in four parts based on seasons. For the transformations of the photographs there was developed own kind of technic, which made possible to transform them in a certain way. It became slow breathing in and out – existential identity contemplation in which the mind is an ever-changing window. 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.

During the year 2008 I moved from Oulu to Helsinki and left behind a religion where I was grown up (Conservative Laestadianism), and this set of works is connected to that period of my life when I lived ”new life in new place”. All the photographs of the whole are taken in Helsinki city.

 

 

Paperipeili (2009-2016)

 

Paperipeili (2016) is debut book which touch on and unites various themes such as traveling, seasons, climate change, light, darkness, religion, love and death in autofictive 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)

Number of copies: 300

Language: Finnish

 

Stream (2012-2014)

 
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.

 

Filming, sound and editing: Saku Soukka

Actor: Romina Farkas

Duration: 16 min. 7 sec.

Form: Single channel video

 
 


 
 

 
 

Senses of a Blind (2009-2013)

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.

 

Photography: Saku Soukka

Sound: Simon Spurrier

Duration: 4 min. 19 sec.

Form: Single channel projection in a dark space

 

 

Plastic Past (2008-2013)

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)

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.