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Maarit Suomi-Väänänen

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CRAZY MAY

Imagine walking through a surreal locaton covered in mist and approaching eccentric, uncanny and whimsical projectons….

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CRAZY MAY
CRAZY MAY

CRAZY MAY

Category Docu-comedy / Experimental Comedy / Experimental Film / Installation / Video Installation
Date 01.01.1940

Imagine walking through a surreal locaton covered in mist and approaching eccentric, uncanny and whimsical projectons. You have just entered Maarit Suomi-Väänänen’s universe.

Suomi-Väänänen’s latest work, Crazy May, brings together Up And About Again (2009, 9min), In a Musty, Misty Thicket (2012, 12min) and Log Head (2015, 10min). The common thread in this trilogy is the psychological tensions, absurdity and atavistic behaviour portrayed in each piece.

Up And About Again and In a Musty, Misty Thicket have been shown and won awards in over 150 various venues in 28 countries. The trilogy is co-produced with the YLE Finnish Broadcastng Company, AVEK the Promotion Centre of Audiovisual Culture and the Finnish Cultural Foundaton. Log Head was born out of Suomi-Väänänen’s participaton in artist residencies at the Banff Centre in Canada, Kinokino Art and Film Centre in Norway and Saari Residence (Kone Foundation Finland).

In Crazy May, abandoned landscapes play central roles, where speech is absent and inner worlds are exposed. A heightened awareness of one’s solitude is experienced as we journey through the metaphors of childhood, puberty and adulthood. The trilogy points towards the ultimate exploraton of human’s inner state of being by combining black humour and cinematc special efects. A truly perfect celebraton of madness.

The trilogy can be shown as a single channel for broadcast and screenings or as mult-channel video installation in art institutons, festivals and public spaces. In a video installation setting, the misty exhibiton space with subtle scent of snow will lure visitors into the space. The three video loops shown consecutevely in three distinctive areas of the space will create an unforeseen atmosphere.

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