AV-arkki

Rituals are an integral part of religion and magic: in them the sacred or the supernatural is combined with repetition and an established performance. On the other hand, social hierarchy and political power are also upheld by the use of rituals. Rituals demand and embrace continuity, but with their help conditions and states can be changed. The two-part AV-arkki screening examines both worldly and magical rituals.

The first screening stays in our earthly world of perception. Bita Razavi studies the rituals of tying the knot, while Niina Suominen discusses dealing with divorce. Benjamin Orlow delves into the rituals of masculine culture in the form of academic choir singing, and Aarno Salosmaa studies motorcycle rallies. Rituals can also destroy. Maria Valkeavuolle makes new paper out of distressing documents, and Nastja Säde Rönkkö presents the skinning of a polar bear step by step.

The second screening is dedicated to supernatural and new age rituals. The opening film is Timo Vaittinen’s video spell that plays with vaporwave aesthetics. Juhani Koivumäki’s film returns to the miraculous birth of one sacrament. Anna-Mari Nousiainen and Anssi Kasitonni rely on love spells in their short films. Marja Helander recounts a family story about her ancestor who cheated plague as well as death. Elena Näsänen’s film seeks to cross the sea with the help of visualisation. Jade Kallio and Remi Vesala outline the rituals of post-humanistic love.

 

Tytti Rantanen

AV-arkki