Intervjuer del 20: Presentasjon av deltagere på Østlandsutstillingen 2015 – Thorstensen og Tiainen

[fbshare type=»button» width=»100″] While the artist Catrine Thorstensen is working with fragments of an identity, Anni Tiainen shows us how roots in the countryside and identity in cities may merge.

Catrine Thorstensen

Catrine Thorstensen: Disembodied (Mirror Maze), 2013
Catrine Thorstensen: Disembodied (Mirror Maze), 2013

2013
Video/ 3D animation 3:10min
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Disembodied (Mirror Maze) is a 3D animation inspired by the neurologist Oliver Sacks’ story “The Disembodied Lady”, about a woman who has lost the sense called proprioception; the ability to recognize the position of one’s own body parts. The surfaces of a mirror maze creates a multifaceted and distorted image through the use of reflection, light and motion, emphasized by the use of binaural sound. It is an evocative and confusing journey through an emotionally loaded space, part labyrinth, part cityscape; a retro futuristic shadow world where all sense of direction is lost.

Catrine Thorstensen works within the fields of drawing and video/animation. The computer-animated videos may appear as opposites to the analogue qualities achieved in her colour pencil drawings, but the two techniques mutually inform and build on each other. Her main subjects are often related to metaphors and myths in nature and the human body.

Anni Tiainen

Anni Tiainen: The world under water, 2013
Anni Tiainen: The world under water, 2013

The world under the water
2013
Animation
3:30min
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I was born 1982, 16 kilometers from central Helsinki, on the border between the city and the forest. The milieu in my art is often an area between the countryside and the city, a suburb that is typical for Finnish cities.

Ten years ago I went on a cycling trip with my friend; we were sleeping in the tent on the roof of a high building. It was raining and it felt like I was living on the bottom of an ocean. I like to climb to high places.

After the structural change in the 1960s–70s in Finnish society many people coming from my home city still have their roots in the countryside, maybe abroad, maybe on a roof of a building in a suburb. The animation “World under the water” culminates in that trip to the roof of the high building. A pike is swimming in the sky and it’s raining.

I see my animations as a form of painting. It’s not only logical storytelling that is important for me; I’m interested in the lightness and darkness of video and film.

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