MSL & Jaakko Pallasvuo: Bridge Over Troubled Water
7 Apr – 21 May 2017
Bridge Over Troubled Water (2016) is part of an ongoing collaborative project between the performance collective MSL (Antti Jussila & Jari Kallio) and artist Jaakko Pallasvuo. The videowork, named after Simon & Garfunkel’s seminal album, strives to unravel the greatest question of our time – the climate change – through intuitive, subjective and fictive means.

It’s 1967, 2015, 2515, 10 000 AD and Simon (Kallio) and Garfunkel (Jussila) travel through time searching for remedy for their growing pain and anxiety caused by the climate crisis. The setting of the events shift from recognizable landscapes of Turku to big bandstands or snowy Lappish fells. Duo’s dynamics crack when the choices affecting the artwork become dubious and when the burden of worrying guilt simply is too much to take. Climate change is not merely an idea but more alike ‘an athmosphere’, a cultural spirit or zeitgeist that transmutes everything. It is this heavy dark black cloud that makes you not wanting to get out of bed. Is the deliberation of climate change like contemplating death, the protagonist asks.

The self-reflecting narrative of the work crisscrosses in a freely associative way, playfully self-critical and ironic at the same time. Temporal, pictorial and musical layers make out an enchanting and immersing whole, that keeps the viewer it its grip. Bridge Over Troubled Water zooms into the prevalent dilemma of our age; we are at dead-end but still strive to be hopeful, decently proper and of use to society. Is it enough that we just sing away our sorrows or should we just forget it all as Simon and Garfunkel disappear from our view into arctic horizon.

Antti Jussila (b. 1979) and Jari Kallio (b.1978) graduated from Turku Arts Academy and have from 2008 onwards been united as performance group MSL. The collective’s working methods include besides live events and performances, media such as video and music. Jaakko Pallasvuo’s (b. 1987) media consists of videos, texts, ceramics and comics among others. Pallasvuo is interested in questions relating to ways the individual is affected and shaped by political and historical processes, in platforms and arenas created by networked technologies where new entities and ‘beings’ come forward.   

Artist talk on Thursday, 6 April at 2 pm at Kuvateatteri, Turku Arts Academy (Linnankatu 54). MSL and Jaakko Pallasvuo talk about their artistic practice in Finnish. Free admission.
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