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Blow-Fi: Town of Trade and Culture

Blow-Fi: Town of Trade and Culture

Blow-Fi is a video art project co-led by the media producer, speech and video artist Ville Kiiski and music researcher, philosopher of art and multi-instrumentalist musician Erkki Huovinen. Their working method consists in carefully staging improvised but conceptually connected encounters with artists representing different art forms, and editing this multi-artistic material into video works, sort of 21st century Gesamtkunstwerk.

In Town of Trade and Culture, Kiiski and Huovinen return to their hometown Turku in South-Western Finland. On one level the work thus presents an alternative to official tourist guides and historiography: the workings of a Northern-European town and its lifeblood, the river, are explored from grass-root perspectives usually hidden from public view either by censure, shame, or deprecation. On another level, however, the work can be read as a eulogy for an anonymous post-punk generation whose dreams have faded into middle-aged innocuousness.


1:36
Workers of the Tie Factory

Workers of the Tie Factory

Improvisation, M/S Viking Amorella, May 12, 2009. Ville Kiiski, voice; Erkki Huovinen, harmonica; Atte Tenkanen, keyboards; Eeva Bang and Annastiina Saastamoinen, dance; Antti Huovinen, painting.

2:32
Ants and Slugs

Ants and Slugs

Improvisation, M/S Viking Amorella, May 12, 2009. Ville Kiiski, voice; Erkki Huovinen, harmonica; Atte Tenkanen, keyboards; Eeva Bang and Annastiina Saastamoinen, dance; Antti Huovinen, performance art.

2:48
Into Shrouds

Into Shrouds

Improvisation, M/S Viking Amorella, May 12, 2009. Ville Kiiski, voice; Erkki Huovinen, harmonica; Atte Tenkanen, keyboards; Eeva Bang and Annastiina Saastamoinen, dance; Antti Huovinen, silhouette art.

3:45
Stupid and Bad Food

Stupid and Bad Food

Improvisation, Sirkkalankatu-Uudenmaankatu (Turku), May 30, 2009. Ville Kiiski, voice; Erkki Huovinen, lap steel; Robert "Bobban" Rönnback, synthesizer.


2:56
We're Blessed with Lovely Weather

We're Blessed with Lovely Weather

Improvisation, M/S Viking Amorella, May 12, 2009. Ville Kiiski, voice; Erkki Huovinen, harmonica; Atte Tenkanen, keyboards; Eeva Bang, Antti Huovinen and Annastiina Saastamoinen, audience at the meeting.

2:49
Into the Tradition of Violence

Into the Tradition of Violence

Improvisation, Puutarhakatu-Aurakatu-Tornikatu-Kauppiaskatu (Turku), May 30, 2009. Ville Kiiski, voice; Erkki Huovinen, lap steel; Robert "Bobban" Rönnback, synthesizer.

4:29
Buying Products

Buying Products

Improvisation, Köysiteatteri theatre, Turku, June 7, 2009. Ville Kiiski, voice; Erkki Huovinen, guitar and organ pedal; Sinikka Strömmer, dance; Antti Huovinen, visual art; Petra Hyvärinen, live costuming.

6:47
Foreign Influences

Foreign Influences

Improvisation, Portsa/Turku, May 30, 2009; M/S Viking Amorella, May 12, 2009. Ville Kiiski, voice; Erkki Huovinen, lap steel and harmonica; Robert "Bobban" Rönnback, synthesizer; Atte Tenkanen, recorder; Eeva Bang and Annastiina Saastamoinen, dance; Jussi Haukioja, chauffeur; Markku Into, Markku Into.


4:19
Business

Business

Improvisation, M/S Viking Amorella, May 12, 2009. Ville Kiiski, voice; Erkki Huovinen, harmonica; Atte Tenkanen, keyboards; Eeva Bang and Annastiina Saastamoinen, dance; Antti Huovinen, visual art.

4:29
Creative Economy

Creative Economy

Improvisation, Eerikinkatu-Kristiinankatu (Turku), May 30, 2009. Ville Kiiski, voice; Erkki Huovinen, lap steel; Robert "Bobban" Rönnback, synthesizer.

2:40
We Require Professionals

We Require Professionals

Improvisation, M/S Viking Amorella May 12, 2009. Ville Kiiski, voice; Erkki Huovinen, harmonica; Atte Tenkanen, keyboards; Eeva Bang, Antti Huovinen and Annastiina Saastamoinen, audience at the meeting.

6:59
The Opera

The Opera

Improvisation, Köysiteatteri theatre, Turku, June 7, 2009. Ville Kiiski, voice; Erkki Huovinen, guitar and organ pedal; Sinikka Strömmer, dance; Petra Hyvärinen, installations.


6:38
Moulting Boogie

Moulting Boogie

Improvisation, Ruissalo, Turku, May 31, 2009; Köysiteatteri theatre, Turku, June 7, 2009. Ville Kiiski, voice; Erkki Huovinen, contra-alto clarinet and guitar; Sinikka Strömmer, dance; Antti Huovinen, action painting; Petra Hyvärinen, installations and painting.

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Credits

Credits

Director Ville Kiiski;
Musical director Erkki Huovinen;
Improvisations directed by Erkki Huovinen and Ville Kiiski;
Videography by Teo Välimäki, Ville Kiiski and Risto Hyppönen;
Video editing by Ville Kiiski;
Recording and sound production by Erkki Huovinen;
English subititles by Teo Välimäki;
Production by Erkki Huovinen and Ville Kiiski

More info: www.heartbreakerproductions.com