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Eija-Liisa Ahtila

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Studies on the Ecology of Drama

2014 | 25 min 40 sec | 4-channel projected installation | 16:9 | Audio 5.0 | Original language Finnish, English subtitles

"How to depict living things? How to approach them? How to convey a different way of being, another being's world? How to make it into a continuous event that becomes part of our idea of reality?”

STUDIES ON THE ECOLOGY OF DRAMA is a 25-minute projected moving image installation that uses the methods of presentation as a path to the company of other living beings. It expands upon the issues of ecological moving image narrative explored in two previous works (The Annunciation 2010, Horizontal 2011) – the focus in this work being on presentation, imaging and imagination in the context of the moving image.

The work begins with a human actor walking into a forest park, where she introduces the themes of the work by conducting reduction exercises with the surroundings. Other performers in the work include a bush, a juniper tree, a common swift, a horse, a brimstone butterfly, and a group of human acrobats.

Making the ecology of drama visible requires the establishment of a reflexive distance and a representational dimension whereby the processes of technological recording and the expressive devices of the moving image can be made perceivable. One of the methods in this work is to use a form of expression that forefronts presentation, mediation as well as visual recording and its function in our reality.

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Written & Directed by EIJA-LIISA AHTILA
Actress KATI OUTINEN
Old husky HUGO HUSKY
Plants BUSH, JUNIPER, OAK TREES & ALDER BUCKTHORN
Horse UFRA
Birds COMMON SWIFTS
Dog DSCHOWO’S HARRISON
Butterflies COMMON BRIMSTONE
Acrobats MYRSKY RÖNKÄ, ANNAMARI KUITTINEN,HEDDA LIUKKALA, NORA LUOTO, JILKA REPO
Trampoline acrobat TAPIO LAAKKONEN
Cinematography ARTO KAIVANTO
Editing HEIKKI KOTSALO
Sound Design PETER NORDSTRÖM
Production support AVEK, FINNISH CULTURAL FUND, FINNISH FILM FOUNDATION
Commission SERLACHIUS MUSEUMS, Finland
Production EIJA-LIISA AHTILA and
ILPPO POHJOLA / CRYSTAL EYE