If 6 Was 9
1995 | 10 min 46 sec | 3-channel projected installation | 4:3 | Audio 2.0 | Original language Finnish with English subtitles
IF 6 WAS 9 is a video installation and short film about teenage girls and sexuality. It is based on research and real events, but the story itself and the dialogues are a fictional combination of various elements.
The work features five girls aged 13-15 as the main protagonists. The episodes depict events in their daily lives and scenes from their hometown, Helsinki. The girls chat amongst themselves and speak directly to the camera, sharing their experiences and thoughts on sex. They play basketball, hang out with friends, reminisce about a ViewMaster version of the Pied Piper of Hamelin, and pass around porn-magazine clippings showing the best places in town to have sex outdoors.