M A I J A T I M O N E N
Aune, or On Effective Demise
Turku Art Museum, Darkroom 14 March – 27 April 2014
Press view on Thursday, 13 March 2014 at 11 am, Turku Art Museum (Aurakatu 26, Turku).
Artist talk on Thursday, 13 March at 2 pm, Kuvateatteri, Turku Arts Academy (Linnankatu 54).
Opening on Thursday, 13 March 6 pm - 8 pm. The artist will be present on the events. Welcome!
The video and media art exhibition series in the Darkroom will in 2014 focus on the great unknown, with themes such as the imagination and the mind. The next work in the series is Aune, or On Effective Demise (2013) by Maija Timonen.
Aune is a 19th century girl confined to her bed, living under the threat of amputation. She spends her days in a twilight zone between delusion and reality, where premonitions of the future give way to a growing realisation that there might not be one. An escalating sense of timelessness collapses Aune’s dream and actual worlds, as her body takes on significance as a cipher of a larger process of dismemberment. A love story turns into a film about sex, death and the economy. Aune, or On Effective Demise (57 min.) is inspired by the 1896 youth novel Aune by Immi Hellén. The film uses the book to reflect on subject/object relations in contemporary western societies, bringing a certain symbolism to bear on both the commodified nature of relationships and the notion of austerity.
The film combines different visual registers, ranging from carefully staged cinematic scenes to footage shot on camera phones and off computer screens. Screens act as portals into other dimensions, but they are also windows into the world inside Aune's head, where emotions slowly become recognised as foreign objects, something to be counted and quantified. Do her feelings belong to her at all? Was it all just a bad joke in the end?
Maija Timonen's (b. 1977) films take as their broad framework issues of mediation and representation, combining fictional elements with essayistic material. Her work has recently focused on interpreting the effects of the changing economic landscape on women's bodies and emotional lives. Timonen has an established practise as a writer and thinker, contributing articles to various publications, as well as presenting her ideas and research in the form of performative lectures. In addition to having taught at the Finnish Academy of Fine Art, Timonen has been a visiting lecturer in several UK art schools. She has a PhD from Slade School of Art, London. Timonen lives in London and in Helsinki.
Aune, or On Effective Demise was produced with generous support from Arts Council of England, AVEK, The Elephant Trust and Alfred Kordelin Foundation.
Curator Annina Sirén
Tel. +358 (0)2 2627 094 or +358 (0)50 356 8800