The theme, In Unreality, is expressed in many, even surprising ways in this exhibition. Using technology as a tool, the artworks were all made through some kind of editing process: by adding, joining, deleting and/or in the creation of completely new, technologically made images. Yet, the work presented in this exhibition are all related to the real world, and in many cases, the images are a reflection of our everyday lives.
The images presented in by both Sirja Moberg and Mirja Nuutinen are digitally created prints. Through her image Pakkomielle (Obsession) (2011), Moberg would like to serve the viewer the same “many layered travel experience” which she herself finds in nature. Nuutinen’s prints are from her series Urbaanit Unet (Urban Dreams) (2006). The dream series are dreamlike on many levels including the narrative, time and place of each image.
Heini Aho’s Moving Landscapes (2008) is a series of collage-videos, which are constructed from pieces of different existing videos. Panu Johansson’s series Occurred and Faded (2008) is a reflective process in which old photographs and other documentation are related to each other: from the backgrounds of the photographs, the personal details are lost, even though the documentation itself remains intact. Henri Lindström & Pete Revonkorpi’s video-work Unento – Erään kaupungin asukkaita (Unento – The inhabitants of a Certain City) (2011) are eight live and composed digital paintings, which are about three minutes each in duration. The individual pieces combine to describe the inhabitants of a city in through an illustrative series.
Imagining the Real is a compilation of video-art that is also part of the international CologneOFF 2011 video festival. The collection includes the video-work by seven international artists, who reflect on the questions of how the unreal is real and vice versa.
The exhibition is curated by the Live Herring group together with the museum personnel.