Secret Words and Related Stories

SECRET WORDS AND RELATED STORIES (2013-2016)

Video installation with a book and glass works

 

 

Secret Words and Related Stories is a collection of anonymously collected passwords and the stories behind them. The entry point is personal ‘secrets’ and security, and their place in contemporary society.
To examine independence, a limited kind of independence, is to unravel what security means to the identity, a kind of coding of physical history and memory to access all kinds of commerce and services in the virtual world. That key is compressed into these fragments of language (passwords) that are unpackaged through the work.

 

In the video young actors, between the ages of 12-16 years old, stands in front of a red backdrop and reads from a single sheet of paper, narrating personal confessions, childhood memories and clichéd rationalities.
These are thoughtful, humorous, and emotional stories about a chosen word that often discloses personal information, which is the antithesis of its purpose.

 

Alongside with the video the 74 passwords and stories behind them is published in a book with the same name in the style of a paperback novel and also carved on the glass plates, which are framed. The series of works deals with the theme of archiving digital to material form and displaying the institutional structures relating to passwords.

 

Credits:

Director & editor: Jonna Kina

Actors: Emilia Benford, Jessi Collier, Markus Räisänen, Heikki Penttinen, Martin Örn, Cleopatra Högbacka

Sound design: Johannes Vartola

Translators: Seija Nyholm, Emilia Norlamo

Graphic design of the book: Tommi Vasko

Supported by: AVEK, ARTS PROMOTION CENTRE, FINNISH CULTURAL FOUNDATION

Special thanks: all the anonymous participants, The English School, Seija Nyholm, Iida Frima, Egor Garanin, Maksim Kasatkin, Fia Leminen, Pratham Talonen, Jasmine M’rabet.

 

 

 

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Still from the video Secret Words and Related Stories, 2016, 4K, 20’12”, 16:9, stereo

 

 

 

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Still from the video Secret Words and Related Stories, 2016, 4K, 20’12”, 16:9, stereo

 

 

 

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Still from the video Secret Words and Related Stories, 2016, 4K, 20’12”, 16:9, stereo

 

 

 

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Secret Words and Related Stories, 4K, 20’12”, installation view, AMA Gallery, 4.-24.3.2016

 

 

 

Secret Words and Related Stories, 4K, 20 min 12 sec, 16:9, 2016

 

 

 

 

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Secret Words and Related Stories, installation view, AMA Gallery, 4.-24.3.2016

 

 

 

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Secret Words and Related Stories, 2016, paper back, 150 edition, 140 pages, 23 x 15,5 x 1,4 cm

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A page from the book Secret Words and Related Stories, 2016, offset, paper back, 140 pages

 

 

 

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Secret Words and Related Stories, text carved on glass, 31 x 41 cm, framed