Secret Words and Related Stories

2013-2016, Video installation with a book and glass works

 

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Secret Words and Related Stories, 4K, 20 min12 sec, installation view, AMA Gallery, 4.-24.3.2016

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 are published in a book with the same name in the style of a paperback novel.

 

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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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Secret Words and Related Stories, behind the scene, pigment print, framed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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