Batbox/Beatbox. 2007. Finland. Directed by Jani Ruscica

In conjunction with the exhibition Arctic Hysteria: New Art from Finland at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, MoMA presents a three-part screening of key works of Finnish experimental film and video art from the mid-1990s to the present. Program 1 considers the Finnish genderless pronoun Hän, featuring films that focus on power relations between people and investigations of human identity. Program 2 features experiments with metaphors from nature, and reflections on the difficulty of seeing beyond marked paths and mental highways—of transcending physical boundaries and zones in an attempt to create new (political) spaces and alternatives. Program 3 concentrates on fear and conflicts related to public spaces, examining the proliferation of multiple local signifiers and semantics and how localities have to bear the consequences of capitalism’s global triumph.

The screening is curated by Marita Muukkonen from Finnish Fund for Art Exchange (FRAME) and organized by Tim Goossens, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, and Rajendra Roy, The Celeste Bartos Chief Curator of Film, The Museum of Modern Art. The screening is supported by the Artists’ Association of Finland and the Finnish Film Foundation.

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