Reality shifting short films by Jüri Okas, Chintis Lundgren, Susana Sanroman and Non Grata.
Jüri Okas is among those artists who in the late 1960s and early 1970s sought to turn existing values – the basics of art creation derived from modernist aesthetics – on their head. Okas was a pioneering artist in the fields of photography, installation, video and country art. All of their artistic work is based on architecture and its various states and the relationship between form and lack of form and the rational and the irrational. Okas’ activities are also associated with conceptual art, which in their case meant involvement in country and performance art in the early 1970s, and 10 or so narrow films, which have also served as source material for his graphics work.
Chintis Lundgren is an animator who was born in Estonia but currently lives in Croatia. Lundgren’s works include a selection of original music videos, PSAs and short films with a light, absurd tone and various anthropomorphic characters. Each frame is hand-drawn on A5-size printing paper, captured with a Canon EOS 400 D digital camera with a 50-mm lens, coloured in Photoshop and edited in Adobe Premiere. In 2011 they established the Chintis Lundgren Animation Studio and later founded Adriatic Animation in Croatia. Their films have been screened at numerous international festivals, including Sundance, Toronto, Annecy, Animafest in Zagreb, Hiroshima and Ottawa.
Susana Sanroman‘s shortfilm ‘The The Things We Leave Behind’ highlights the impact of waste, resulting from the continuous production of goods in our societies. The video portrays real scenarios, where the accumulation of waste has occurred naturally; due to a need for disposal, recycling, or as a result of various industries’ gradual abandonment of activities that are no longer viable. Beneath real scenes of waste accumulating, Sanromán creates a purely figurative discourse, turning these mummified relics into anonymous signifiers, which suggest the existence of man and society as catalytic forces in our environment.The human figure merges into its surroundings, until a complete metamorphosis has taken place. The mummy, as an aspect of human remains, like the landscape depicted, evokes concepts such as death, waste, neglect, degradation and ultimate transformation. The narrative is dictated by the visceral impulses of a global society, which moves towards a hyper-connected, ambiguous, hypnotic collective mind; an already known future is predicted, of civilizations that are born, grow and fall. The cycles of life and death are destined to repeat themselves in an eternal ritual of transformation.
The Non Grata fire performances have been presented at the 1st Land Sound Festival and Pärnu Fire Festival and at Pärnu Artists’ House.