Shooting material for a video installation in 2030

Wednesday we drove to the sea side and shot Jussi’s Last Tape video session of the year. The location was the gorgeous Betberg in Emäsalo. Thanks to Ulla Korhonen and Micke Söderström for hospitality! Bits of the material will be included in the first waypoint video report published 22nd of August by Reality Research Centre. The first twelve years edited by Ville Virtanen and composed by Timo Oiva.

Jussin viimeinen nauha Emäsalo 1.7.2015

 

Once every year since 2004 I’ve been shooting a video of actor Jussi Johnsson‘s naked body in different natural environments. As a part of the documentation Jussi explains how he feels in his body and what are the major changes in it since the last time. Besides this he performs certain body movements and recites a poem by the late Finnish author Bo Carpelan: “Ei meitä aika muuta vaan tila” (translated from the compilation I de mörka rummen, i de ljusa, 1976). We are gathering material for a video installation dealing with aging and a lifetime. We got inspired by Samuel Beckett‘s play Krapp’s Last Tape, durational performances – and taking the duration into extremes. The estimated premiere is in 2030. Along the way there will be waypoints (video reports and/or video installations) to show how the material is gathering and what’s with Jussi.

Jussin viimeinen nauha3 Emäsalo 1.7.2015

 

I love this project because there’s absolutely no rush. Only thing we must take care of is to arrange a session for documentation each year. It takes only an hour (plus the travelling to the location and back). It’s a wonderfully light process – and at the same time we are aware of how overwhelmingly epic the final result must be…

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