A series of synchronistic events back in 2012 set in motion a massive creative process circling the ideas of August Nordenskiöld, a Finnish alchemist and utopian from the late 18th century. Me and two colleagues have spent several months of research visiting archives and debating with academics, intellectuals, and philosophers in Finland, Sweden, and England. Supported by The Finnish Film Foundation, The Finnish Cultural Foundation, The Otto A. Malm Foundation, and The Swedish-Finnish Cultural Foundation, this work has lead to the birth of an experimental documentary film script .
The long-winded life span inherent to feature film productions is what clearly distinguishes this project from the rest of my artistic endeavors so far. We’re all very excited to see our ideas play out on the silver screen. Next step, pre-production!
Read about our journey here http://fourelementsofutopia.tumblr.com
Lucas Pedersen, Hampton Court Palace Gardens, London, 2013
Miko Kuro’s Midnight Tea is a ceremony for transcending the habitual mind and tapping into creativity. A ritual release from the weight we all carry but few of us see.
Seattle-based poet and interdisciplinary artist, Natasha Marin, travels far and wide assembling groups of open-minded people for several hour-long improvisational performances. The participants complete tasks and are assigned roles prior to the event.
The Helsinki gathering was hosted by Galleria Forum Box on Friday, November 1st, 2013, at midnight. The sound ambience was produced by Sammy Chien and consisted of recordings of the participants singing the lullabies dearest to them. A book has now been made available in which photographs and text from the event is presented.
I am Kyuu, and the blue string is my umbilical cord. That’s all I’m allowed to reveal.
Electric Soul, 2013
Stop motion animation, 5’00 min.
Director: Joni Männistö
Sound: Lucas Pedersen
We were approached by the Seoul International Cartoon & Animation Festival to make a contribution to the Short Film Production Support Program category due to the success of Swarming (2011) last year.
Joni worked with LED lamps, old computer parts, and used circuit boards to design this micro layout of Seoul. With the audio I wanted to infuse a glitchy, machinelike pulse to Joni’s interpretation. Instead of sticking to the linear sound design applications I’m familiar with, I used the sequencer-based music making software Ableton Live so that the workflow itself was prone to the rigid, tech sound I was looking for. Audio loops are endlessly fascinating to me and this was an experiment in accessing the alchemic potential which lies in repetitive sound. The majority of the building blocks I used are authentic recordings from Seoul.
Electric Soul has screened at over thirty festivals world-wide and won the following prizes:
2013 Best Sound Design, Animated Dreams, Tallinn
2013 Best Animation, Helsinki Short Film Festival, Helsinki
2013 Special Mention, Fredrikstad Animation Festival, Fredrikstad
2013 Best Experimental Animation, International Animation Festival FIA, Montevideo
Please contact me if you’re interested in previewing the video.
I had a friend over and we laid out some tiles I had found in a dumpster in a formation on the floor. Surrounding the tiles we gathered a pile of paint tubes and other materials and tools we saw potential in. The following few hours of our combined creative energy left this proof of its happening. In the morning we split the tiles in a very Lutheran-like duel; a game of pick your favorite, back and forth, one at a time. I haven’t seen the lost tiles since. These are some that survived the division.
Two Many Minutes, 2012
On Friday, November 30, 2012, me and Lukáš Dřevjaný trudged through snowy Helsinki to get to a local SHARE event at the former gas and electricity plant premises of Suvilahti. SHARE provides an environment for strangers to merge their sounds and visuals into an improvisational jam. SHARE launched in Brooklyn in 2001 and has since become a global phenomenon. The Helsinki SHARE event was hosted by whitecolors artist collective and the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts.
In our corner of the warehouse we provided a controller for steering the projected visuals, and a station for live painting. In the beginning of the video we are informed that the event is due to end in two minutes. I use one of the collaborative paintings and a broken mirror Lukáš found in the bathroom. Lukáš is handling the visual controller.
A child discovers life inside a dead bird and starts to play with it. (link, password: gsp77)
Drawn animation, 7’18 min.
Swarming has screened at over a hundred festivals world-wide and won the following prizes:
2013 Special Mention, Animasyros International Animation Festival, Ermoupoli
2012 Best Graduation Film / Prize Gaston Roch, Cinanima, Espinho
2012 Brain Tap Award, Animated Dreams, Tallinn
2012 Special Mention, Bradford Animation Festival, Bradford
2012 Grand Prix, BANJALUKA International Animated Film Festival, Banja Luka
2012 Best Student Film, anim’est International Animation Film Festival, Bucharest
2012 Mention, Animatou International Animated Film Festival, Geneva
2012 European New Talent Award, Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival, Bristol
2012 Diploma in the Graduation Film Category, The International Animated Film Festival KROK, St. Petersburg-Moscow
2012 High Risk Award, Fantoche International Animation Film Festival, Baden
2012 Special Jury Mention in the Parallel Competition “No Anesthesia” nomination, Open Cinema International Short and Animation Film Festival, St.Petersburg
2012 Best in Show, Animation Block Party, New York
2012 Special Mention of the Jury to the Best International Animation Film, Lago Film Fest, Revine Lago
2012 Grand Prize School & Graduation Short Films, SICAF Seoul International Cartoon & Animation Festival, Seoul
2012 Dušan Vukotić Award, Animafest Zagreb, Zagreb
2012 Peperbus Award, Zwolle Animation Film Festival, Zwolle
2012 Special Mention, Anifilm International Festival of Animated Films, Třeboň
2012 Best Animation, sehsüchte International Student Film Festival, Potsdam
2012 Special Mention of the International Youth Jury, Filmfest Dresden, Dresden
2012 Second Prize European Student Film, HAFF Holland Animation Film Festival, Utrecht
2012 Best Student Short Film Award, Anima, Brussels
2011 2nd Award in International Competition “Whole Wide World”, ISSF zubrOFFka, Białystok
2011 Best Nordic Baltic Student Film, Fredrikstad Animation Festival, Fredrikstad
2011 Sponsor Award FedEx Prize, PISAF, Puchon
2011 Special Award, Animation Volda, Volda