Rex Fest brings media art from the black box to the silver screen

29.10.2018 - 14:14

Rex Fest will bring the latest in media art to the Bio Rex screen on four Mondays in November. A collaboration between Amos Rex and the media art centre AV-arkki, the event will include curated screenings, live cinema performances and a cine-concert. The festival programme will present new works produced in the last few years, which together will provide an overview of Finnish media art here and now.

Each festival evening will be built around a unifying theme. The evenings will start with a roughly hour-long screening of several short films and end with a live cinema performance on the Bio Rex stage. The works in the Power and Resistance screening will provide commentary on the current state of the world and its links to history. Dreams and Time will take the viewer into a dreamlike, even magical world, where our concept of time is challenged. Colours and Borders will bring to the screen various colours and textures and examine the recognition of borders and our attachment to them. The Live format will include performances by Martta Tuomaala, Sami van Ingen and Anton Nikkilä. The festival programme will culminate in media artist Timo Wright’s cine-concert of new short films, where a live orchestra will perform the film music. The Israeli artist Omer Fast’s film 5000 Feet is the Best (2011) will also be shown that evening.

Tickets to all screenings can be purchased in advance on the Amos Rex webpage as well as at the museum ticket office. Ticket sales online and at the ticket office ends one hour and fifteen minutes, respectively, prior to showtime.

Please note that some of the films and performances are in Finnish.

The Bio Rex cinema has for 15 years served as the venue for many film festivals. This year regular screening of films has returned to this unique, carefully restored facility. The new festival, Rex Fest, is well suited to the historic Bio Rex and its foyers and supports Amos Rex’s concept of the cross-disciplinary nature of art and of the rewarding juxtaposition of different forms of expression.


5 November, 7 pm POWER & RESISTANCE

Sasha Huber & Petri Saarikko, Remedies – Rongoã, 2016, 6:05 min
Laura Horelli, Namibia Today, 2018, 22:22 min
Risto-Pekka Blom, Interceptor, 2018, 4:32 min
Marja Helander, Dolastallat –To Have a Campfire, 2016, 5:48 min
Johanna Lecklin, Not Just a Matter of Passion, 2018, 12:00 min
Jenni Luhta, Help Me, 2018, 5:00 min
Azar Saiyar, Hey You, 2017, 7:07 min
Live cinema performance: Martta Tuomaala, FinnCycling-Soumi-Perkele! Volume 2, 2017, 60:00 min

12 November, 7 pm DREAMS & TIME

Arja Kärkkäinen, Tag, 2018, 9:00 min
Kalle Nio, Trick Brain, 2018, 11:00 min
Sami Sänpäkkilä & Anna-Mari Nousiainen, The Eternal Sleep of the Man, 2018, 9:08 min
Seppo Renvall, Napoli Film, 2017, 19:48 min
Elina Oikari, Govadas, 2018, 8:43 min
Sami van Ingen, Flame, 2018, 15:00 min
Live cinema performance: Sami van Ingen, Conceptión, 2016, 40:00 min

19 November, 7 pm COLOURS & BORDERS

Juha van Ingen, Hello Everybody, 2017, 8:14 min
Reija Meriläinen, Crush, 2017, 4:44 min
Petteri Cederberg, With Colour, With Sound, 2016, 5:28 min
Leena Lehti, threshold.boundary., 2018, 8:33 min
Kati Roover, Eclipse, 2018, 2:51 min
Saara Ekström, Body All Eyes, 2018, 14:39 min
Milja Viita, Animal Bridge U-3033, 2018, 12:00 min
Jukka Silokunnas, Vanishing Point, 2017, 1:01 min
Live cinema performance: Anton Nikkilä, Literal Translations, 2018, 32:40 min

26 November, 7 pm

Film screening: Omer Fast, 5000 Feet is the Best, 2011, 30:00 min
Timo Wright: Cine-concert featuring the Ex Nihilo Ensemble
Ex Nihilo, 2018, 8:20 min
Embrace, 2017, 4:34 min
Solace, 2017, 13:22 min
Null Statue, 2016, 8:00 min
A Feast with King Midas, 2014, 3:45 min
Event, 2012, 3:47 min



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