In the video work Modern Humans, a small white dog lives his everyday life in a city apartment. It wanders alone from room to room, dozes on the sofa and waits. The rain is slowly pattering on the window.
Images of the dog are layered with fragments from Jean-Luc Godard’s film Le Mépris. The film’s dialogue has been subtitled as part of the work. The tensions and wishes of the human world in relation to others are reflected in the small animal, which has fallen into the role of a human’s companion and loyal friend. A moment on a rainy afternoon grows into a dream of meanings.
Liinu Grönlund and Okku Nuutilainen work together at the intersection of fine art and cinema. The starting points of their works are documentary observations, and they are interested in layering several time scales and perspectives into one entity. In their works, the artists collide animal and human realities. At the moment, Grönlund and Nuutilainen are also making a long documentary film together.
The previous joint work by Grönlund and Nuutilainen, Observe these words, has been exhibited in recent years at Turku Art Museum’s Pimiö, Forum Box’s Mediabox and in Geneva at the screening Infringements of a species (online) curated by Deimantas Narkevičius and in Berlin at the group exhibition Image to Image: Love Letters from a Burning Building.
Mediabox is Forum Box gallery’s space dedicated to media art. The program is created together with AV-arkki.
There are three steps to the media art space Mediabox, but the work is also available for viewing on a tablet by request. Please don’t hestitate to contact our staff if Mediabox is inaccessible for you.