Visual Overture on the media wall at the Helsinki Music Centre

Visual Overture continues this fall on the media wall at the Helsinki Music Centre


The Visual Overture media project that was initiated last year by AV-arkki – the Distribution Centre for Finnish Media Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma and the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra is set to continue this autumn season. The Visual Overture series presents a new video installation each month on the biggest digital screen in the entire Nordic region right before the start of the orchestra’s concerts. This spring’s featured video artists will be Mikko Kuorinki, Salla Myllylä, Jani Ruscica & Sini Pelkki and Roi Vaara. The video installations will be screened non-stop on the media wall for ten minutes before each concert. Visual Overture offers a new public forum for video art that also leads concertgoers into the Helsinki Music Centre.



Mikko Kuorinki: Stream-enterer (river) (2009)

A person enters on the flow of a stream.

Mikko Kuorinki (b. 1970 Rovaniemi, Finland) lives and works in Helsinki, Finland. Kuorinki works in a variety of media including performance, installation, video and photography. He holds a BA in photography from Turku Art Academy and received his MFA from University of Arts and Design Helsinki. His works investigate how we understand the world and our place in it. Often conceptual, Kuorinki’s works touch upon experiences of alienation and rootlessness. He has exhibited and screened his works internationally at institutions such as Frankfurt Kunstverein (2014), 1646 in The Hague (2013), INCA Institute in Detroit (2012), Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma in Helsinki (2012, 2010), Bozar – Center for Fine Arts Brussels (2006) and Rovaniemi Art Museum in Finland (2005).

Screenings: 6/11/12/20/25/26 September, 6:30pm-6:40pm



Salla Myllylä: My Tree (2015)

A hand paints an outline for a tree on a window on a sunny spring day. People and cars pass by in the suburban backyard. The painting advances little by little. Passing of seasons is filmed through the aperture created by painting. The work describes a gesture of mark making and note taking in an everyday environment.

Salla Myllylä lives and works in Helsinki. She graduated from Free Art School in 2009 and from the Academy of Fine Arts, University of the Arts Helsinki in 2014. Her work moves between drawing, painting and moving images, and is always site specific. Myllylä’s works have been presented in exhibitions at e.g. Gallery Huuto Jätkäsaari in Helsinki (2013), Frankfurter Kunstverein (2014), Charlottenborg Kunsthal in Copenhagen (2012) and in festivals such as Helsinki Short Film Festival (2012), art:screen festival in Orebro, Sweden (2012) and Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival in Bristol (2012).

Screenings 1/4/10/18/23/24 October, 6:30pm-6:40pm



Jani Ruscica & Sini Pelkki: Screen Test for a Living Sculpture (2013) 

Stasis breaks into movement in a subtle study on form, duration and the performative act.

Jani Ruscica is an artist working with video, photography, sculpture and other media. Ruscica is based in Helsinki and was educated at Chelsea College of Art and Design in London and at the Academy of Fine Art in Helsinki. Ruscica's self reflexive works explore the intersection between cinema, video art, theatre and performance. Ruscica has worked with scientists, theatre makers and street performers. Recent exhibitions include Casino Luxembourg, 5th Momentum Biennial in Moss, Norway (2009) and Bonniers Konsthall in Stockholm (2009), Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma in Helsinki (2009), as well as screenings in institutions such as Centre Pompidou in Paris, TATE Modern in London and MoMA in New York.

Sini Pelkki lives and works in Helsinki. Pelkki graduated with BA degree from Chelsea College of Art and Design in London in 2002 and with MFA degree from the Academy of Fine Arts in Helsinki in 2008. Her oeuvre comprises of photography, film and video works. Pelkki’s interest lies in the subjectivity of seeing, the images within images. In her works landscapes, figures and objects turn into layered narratives that lead to various paths and ambiguous readings. Her works have been seen in exhibitions, festivals and screenings in Finland and internationally.

Screenings: 1/6/7/12/15/20/21/29 November; 6:30pm-6:40pm



Roi Vaara: Artist’s Dilemma (1997)

Man facing a difficult choise. A performance for film.

Roi Vaara is an internationally acclaimed Finnish performance artist. Vaara studied at the University of Arts and Design in Helsinki during 1972–75 and at Jyväskylä University 1976–77. He has performed over 300 performances and his works have been presented in exhibitions in over 30 countries. Vaara was awarded with Ars Fennica Award in 2005 and with Pro Finlandia honorary medal in 2010. Vaara is a member of the famous performance group Black Market International since 1988. He has lectured and held workshops in art colleges, universities and academies since 1989.

Screenings: 8 December at 02:30pm-02.40pm; 13/18/19 December 6:30pm-6:40pm and 6 January 2020 at 02:30pm-02.40pm.