Akiya 空家

2019, 35 mm film transferred to 4K/HD, 4min 51sec, sound, color



A reel-to-reel tape recorder plays a song or a prelude to a song, that tells story of the increasing number of abandoned houses and buildings in Japan. This contemporary story is told in the style of ancient nō, traditional Japanese theatrical form. The work does not show images of uninhabited buildings, but instead serves as a conceptual starting point. The lyrics of the poem are recited in archaic Muromachi period (1333-1573) Japanese. They are based on current newspaper articles and poetic fragments dealing with the theme, giving character and personality to the voice we hear. The work is shot on 35mm film consisting only a single shot. The song is associated with the machine rather than the human. The performer becomes a machine and the machine becomes a performer. The work creates a future mythology or a dialogue between past and present by juxtaposing the traditional storytelling form with a contemporary interpretation of the current phenomenon of desolate houses.  




Directed & written by: Jonna Kina
Noh voice: Ryoko Aoki
Cinematography: Ville Piippo
Translation: Makiko Sakurai
Sound editing: Jonathan Fuhrer
Additional sound editing: Juan de Dios Magdaleno
Additional post-production: Timo Teräväinen
Surround mix: Pinja Mustajoki
DCP mastering: Kinokki
Distribution: Av-arkki, Arsenal Distribution
Production Support: AVEK. Finnish Cultural Foundation, Arts Promotion Centre, Tokyo Arts and Space
Special thanks: P. Mutasen elokuvakonepaja Oy, Antti Haapio / TAMK, Nicholas Battis, Kaori Sakai, Timo Ulkuniemi, Richard Emmert, Juhani Liimatainen, Aleksi Kraama