Jarkko Räsänen
In girum imus nocte et consumimur igni (2011)

- MiniDV 4:3, stereo, 00:05:01
Director, editing: Jarkko Räsänen

The video shows jpeg - the most common digital image format - compression decay of ten jpegs about famous book burnings, that I have found from internet. I created a software that opens and saves the same jpeg image hundreds of times, until the the "skeleton" of jpeg image becomes visible: it contains the minimum amount of information to present an image according to jpeg algorithm. Compression is actually misleading word in case of jpeg, because it destroys so much information from the image as possible without human eye noticing it.

The soundtrack consists of "silence" from vinyl record: the cracks and pops that resemble the sounds of burning are actually dust and dirt on the surface of vinyl record that does not contain any sound information.

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In girum imus nocte et consumimur igni by Jarkko Räsänen
Wind / Black projection

Wind / Black Projection (2009)

- installation with plexiglass, video projector, computer and speakers, 6-channel sound

Video loop showing group of trees waving in the wind against dark sky is projected on the plexiglass. The projection is reflected from the plexiglass to the opposite wall of the room. When viewer enters the room, she is forced to step on the front of the beamer's light: this changes the shadow of the viewer on plexiglass into a mirror. When walking inside the room, visual perception gets challenged by the brightness of the projector's light, constantly changing reflections of the video projection, and the multiple layers of shadows of the viewer herself.

Despite the intense visual experience, the most dominant element of the work is the loud drone circulating the room through the speakers, as if the sound source would spin around the viewer. The soundtrack is a field recording of wind blowing directly into a bare microphone, creating a distorted noise with only little organic qualities left.

Horizon for TV (2009)

- installation with video camera and CRT television, silent

The VHS -camera fixed to a stand upside down points towards the CRT TV screen from 10 meters. Devices are connected together: a video feedback loop occurs in real- time. Viewer can distort the static scenery by intervening the feedback loop: to produce changes in the color of the image, or make oneself visible on screen, seen from behind in different scales.
Horizon for TV by Jarkko Räsänen
Ice Eyes (2009)

- installation with 2 videoprojectors, 2 speakers and dvd-player, stereo

In the dark two video projectors lie next to each other on a desk. They show the same DVD loop (3 min) of time- lapse clips of melting ice surfaces. The projections overlap, forming only a single image, which the viewer notices when her/his body throws a double shadow over the image. The soundscape consists of 15 minutes long contact microphone field recording of icy lake's vibrations when it is starting to melt.
Ice Eyes by Jarkko Räsänen
Super Computer (2009)

- installation with ZX Spectrum computer, television and adjustable power supply, silent

Installation consists of an old ZX spectrum computer, a television and an adjustable power supply. Viewer can adjust the electric voltage that is being fed to the computer. If the computer doesn't get the correct voltage, it boots in a malfunctional way, producing different kinds of geometric patterns according to the voltage fed.
Super Computer (2009) by Jarkko Räsänen

Folding (2008)

-VHS-C on DV 4:3, silent, 00:06:29
Director, camera, editing:
Jarkko Räsänen

A video shot on worn-out video tape shows an old lady folding a sheet with mathematical precision. During the years of her loneliness she has developed an adaptation of the traditional, almost ritualistic custom of folding sheets together: with this algorithm she is simulating the missing other.


Folding by Jarkko Räsänen

Butterflies [Love is the saddest thing]

- Super-8 on DV 4:3, silent, 00:02:14
Director, camera, editing:
Jarkko Räsänen

Film starts with close up of two butterflies on a blooming potato field. An old man with SS Nordland officer uniform enters the image violently. The man is a re-enacter that invited Räsänen to adore the butterflies during a war enthusiast gathering. Film emphasizes medium's implications (dirty cine film suggesting authentic WWII footage) while using on screen a character who is living in his role also outside the cinema.


Butterflies (2006) by Jarkko Räsänen

Prayer (2005)

- MiniDV 4:3, stereo, 00:03:09
Director, camera, editing:
Jarkko Räsänen

Video camera is witnessing a prayer of faith, where God is asked to make the legs of the artist grow even in lenght. At one point the language of the prayer becomes unrecognizable. The video is playfully dealing with thec oncepts of realism and documentarism in moving image, and the mechanisms of faith related to it.

Prayer by Jarkko Räsänen






































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Ad Infinitum (2011)

Interactive cloced circuit video feedback loop for a camera , crt-monitor & dry leaves (for Images Contra Nature, Marseille)


Dry leaves attached on screen by static electricity are intervening the video feedback loop & creating a zoom / microscope effect.

Marche Funèbre (2013)
16:9, 6:00, stereo
Director, editing, sound: Jarkko Räsänen

“Lots of moths flew inside my studio in Wiepersdorf after video projector’s light. Spiders ate them. After I cleaned the floor and threw the leftovers to yard outside, I noticed that one corpse started to move by itself against the wind. As I looked down, I noticed an ant carrying the corpse back towards the grass field and forest where it originally had come from. The soundtrack consists of field recordings including birds singing, and the sounds of ant colony walking over dry leaves in the nearby forest accompanied with loops of piano chords.”

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The New And The Newest Age II (2014)
video, stereo, 2:42
Director, editing, sound: Jarkko Räsänen

Video shows an algorhitmic rearragement process of a collage made by
unknown schoolkid in history school book "New and the Newest Age II"
("Uusi ja uusin aika II" in Finnish) from 1929 over the image of
Gustavus Adolphus.


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double 8 on digital video, stereo, 7:19
Director, editing: Jarkko Räsänen
Sound: Teo Aiha & Jarkko Räsänen

An animation based on modified double 8 film.

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