Avanto - Helsinki Media Art Festival 2001. 6-11.11.2001

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The Avanto Helsinki Media Art Festival is Helsinki’s annual event of experimental music and moving image. The third festival continues to build bridges between the past and the present by showcasing some of the most exciting avant-garde excavations in sound and visual arts.

The opening night is an homage to Erkki Kurenniemi, a Finnish pioneer of electronic music and self-designed instruments. The programme includes a reconstruction of the early interactive dance performance DEAL, using the unique DIMI-O, and the premier of Mika Taanila's documentary on Kurenniemi. To top it all off, Pan sonic will perform live using original instruments by Kurenniemi.

The headline live acts at Kiasma are Carl Michael von Hausswolff (Swe), People Like Us (UK) and Semiconductor (UK). The film programme includes retrospectives by Lis Rhodes (UK) and Peter Tscherkassky (Aut), as well as screenings of new films and videos by Gustav Deutsch (Aut), Ian Helliwell (UK), Liisa Lounila (Fin), Naomi Uman (USA) and many others. One highlight of the film programme will be the screening at the Orion Theatre of 'The Holy Scrolls', a 12-hour-long film directed by the American experimental filmmaker Bruce Baillie. This European premier will be accompanied by a live soundtrack by Es, Kemialliset Ystävät, Mikko Maasalo, Tony Ikonen, Mika Vainio and Ilpo Väisänen.

Another highlight is Ondulation by [plumb], a co-project of [The User] and Mikko Hynninen. In this composition for water, sound and light, sound waves become hydraulic waves and reach the viewer's eye as light waves.

The fun continues in clubs with live sets from Pan sonic (Fin/Esp), Russell Haswell (UK), Fe-mail (Nor), F.R.U.I.T.S. (Rus), Benzo (Rus), Anton Nikkilä (Fin), Pink Twins (Fin), Alois Huber (Aut), Pomassl (Aut) and Sähkökvartetti (Fin).

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