Tango Therapy: #Melodycrossesboundaries
English Rose and The Golden Blueberries 5min 8sec, 2017
Tango Therapy @ Härmälänböle 3min 4sec, 2017
Implicated 6min 45sec, 2016
:D 6min 38sec, 2016
Blueberries 3min 50sec, 2017
Fed / Up 4min 57sec, 2015
Bit by Bit 6min 3sec, 2006
Land of Dreams 3min 5sec, 2015
Tango Therapy: #Melodycrossesboundaries'Tango Therapy' is a performance in which I sing to one person at a time, sitting on opposite chairs, while rest of the audience listens and watches the performance. Anyone from the audience is welcome to sit on the chair as it becomes free.It is an intimate and personal performance of songs, mainly of Finnish tangos, with no technology or amplification. The focus in this performance is on the human presence and eye contact. Understanding Finnish language is not necessary, it is the melody and the sentiment which communicate beyond the boundaries of language. As part of her 2017 and 2018 Tango Therapy performance tours at Refugee Centres around Finland, I invited the participants to sing back to me, in their own languages.The performances were filmed and edited into a three channel video installation. (work in progress) Songs and encounters with people from Irak, Yemen, Syria, Afganistan, Somalia and Eritrea - to mention a few - combine with accounts of Finnish war invalids and widows in Kainuu, Finland. The project was funded by Kone.Video by Aleksi Poutanen
English Rose and The Golden Blueberries 5min 8sec, 2017Sample of 'English Rose and The Golden Blueberries ' in which HK119, Sci-fi inspired 'In - Valid' character from the debut album, appears in this Brexit themed video. She expresses her feelings about her 'second class citizenship' and about how she gets stuck on earth while the lucky ones get to move to Mars. 5 min 8 sec, 2017
Tango Therapy @ Härmälänböle 3min 4sec, 2017‘Tango Therapy’ is a performance in which I sing to one person at a time sitting on two chairs opposite each other, while rest of the audience listens and watches the performance. Anyone form the audience is welcome to sit on the chair in their turn. The performance is an intimate and personal performance of songs, mainly of Finnish tangos without any technology or amplification. Human presence and the eye contact is important in this piece, understanding of Finnish language is not of importance, it is the melody and the sentiment that communicate beyond the boundaries of language. Tango Therapy has been performed in many different contexts, one of the highlights being my visits to refugee centres where the refugees, inspired by Tango Therapy, sang songs from their own cultures in response, back to me.'Tango Therapy @ Härmälänböle' (Fi. Lauluvastaanotto @ Härmälänböle) was created for Fluxations Media Event in Turku, Finland. In this video version I sing two different versions of a Finnish tango. First song is the traditional version while the second version, sitting in the place of the listener, is sing with nonsense lyrics. This is a short sample of the video. Photo by Jaakko Pesonen.
Implicated 6min 45sec, 2016‘Implicated’ video comments on the social ills and inequality of our time. In the ‘Implicated’ video personal feelings meet global rafts of problems; The anxiety caused by the economic situation, refugee crisis, Brexit, the Islamic terrorism shaking Europe and the transparent corruption exposed by, for example WikiLeaks, are all topics expressed through a performance of frustration. Through her art Kilpeläinen also wishes to raise questions related to the individual’s freedom of speech and decision-making, as well as, the right to privacy. The sounds of the video images with different paces form a rhythmic composition including the highlight of an ‘instrumental solo section’, a performance of raging, that brings the frustration to the audience almost as a physical experience. Kilpeläinen's experience as a songwriter, performer and a singer is apparent in this rhythmic, visual soundscape. (Supported by AVEK and HIAP in Finland and Beaconsfield Gallery, in London, UK)
:D 6min 38sec, 2016‘The poor image is a copy in motion. Its quality is bad, its resolution substandard. As it accelerates, it deteriorates. […] It mocks the promises of digital technology’, says Hito Steyerl in In Defense of the Poor Image and Kilpeläinen’s latest film can be seen as a visual equivalent of this. :D is an absurd exaggeration and acceleration of online imagery (‘the debris of audiovisual production’), ranging from bad quality TV and news footage, to telephone screens and emoticons, which constitute an ever-present part of contemporary (non)human communication. Typically for Kilpeläinen’s work, this piece is composed to repetitive and hypnotizing rhythm. Text by Kamila Kuc (Supported by AVEK and HIAP, Finland)
Blueberries 3min 50sec, 2017A video of 'travelling' from Finland to United Kingdom on Ingress, a location - based, augmented - reality game for mobile phones. Two genetically related emigrants, referred to in the title as 'Blueberries'; Daniel Cajanus 'The Finnish Giant' and HK(119), travel to London to perform each their own 'freak shows', 300 years apart. 3 min 50 sec, 2016.
Fed / Up 4min 57sec, 2015fed / up video depicts mental nausea caused by frustration and it takes a rather physical form on the video and continues – perhaps endlessly – as a rhythmic choir of gagging. The black and white video shows the artist’s nauseous character duplicated again and again as a narrow and pale vertical image with the video ultimately turning into some kind of barcode. The sounds of the video images with different paces form a composition, an agonizing sound carpet that brings the nausea to the audience almost as a physical experience. The creation of the installation has been influenced, for example, by the artist’s frustration with the globalization of food production and the various problems it creates in relation to the origin and production conditions of food. Kilpeläinen’s background as a musician and singer is also nicely conveyed through the soundscape of the installation.(Text: Kati Kivinen, PhD, curator, exhibitions / Museum of Contemporary Art KIASMA)
Bit by Bit 6min 3sec, 2006Video about Artificial Intelligence and self - replicating intelligent machines, performed by the performance character HK119. An AI takeover is a hypothetical scenario in which artificial intelligence (AI) becomes the dominant form of intelligence on Earth, with computers or robots effectively taking control of the planet away from the human species.
Land of Dreams 3min 5sec, 2015'Land of Dreams' (Fi. 'Satumaa') , is the most loved Finnish tango. In this video the original lyrics are replaced by comments taken from Facebook conversations regarding freedom of speech and the Charlie Hebdo incident in Paris 2015. The video is edited from performance experiments while at the artist residency at Beaconsfield Gallery in London. Props include a ceramic mask; a wearable sculpture.
prev / next
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
· · · · · · · · ·