Anastasia Alekseevna is a visual artist from Berlin. In her artistic practice she combines analogue and digital projection techniques with performance, installation, video art, painting, printmaking and photography. Her works oscillate between figuration and abstraction, motion and stasis. Alekseevna’s photographic works have recently been presented at Acud Macht Neu in Berlin and the Asbestos Art Space in Helsinki. In November 2018, together with her collective Dunkelstorm, she illuminated facades in the old town of Fürth for the “Fürther Glanzlichter” light art festival in Bavaria. In further collaborative projects in the fields of light art, performance and theatre, Alekseevna has participated in festivals such as Plataforma Berlin and Berlin Leuchtet in 2018, Berliner Festspiele 2017, Transmediale 2014 and Bauhaus Farbfest 2012.
Jarkko Räsänen is a multimedia artist who specialises in photography, video and sound art. He is interested in human-machine interaction and media archaeology. He is a member of the FixC moving image co-operative, the MUU Artist Association and the AV-arkki Distribution Centre of Finnish Media Art. Räsänen’s works have been presented recently at the Near Field Communication Digital Art Biennale, ARS’17+, Hyvinkää and Kajaani art museums. He works in Finland and Berlin.
At KulttuuriKauppila Art Centre, Anastasia Alekseevna creates abstract colourful paintings on glass, inspired by the phenomenon of polar lights. She projects the paintings in interiors, on facades and on the snow around the residency. The paintings themselves have a miniature format, but the projections are large enough to cover a whole building or a large area of snowy landscape. A photo documentation of this project can be seen during the exhibition in the end of the residency as well as on Alekseevna’s website, www.anastasia.digital
Jarkko Räsänen continues his experimental photography project with a self-made image editing program that re-orders the pixels of photo files taken from the surroundings of the residency, turning them into digital paintings.
Together, Räsänen and Alekseevna will develop an interactive audiovisual installation that will be presented at the end of the residency at KulttuuriKauppila Art Centre. Alekseevna’s projections will create a vivid and colourful mask on the walls, merging the space with the visitors. Räsänen will create the soundscape of the installation by amplifying the projector’s vibrations with contact microphones – in addition, the audience can participate in playing a humane counterpoint to the mechanical rhythms using miniature instruments and a looper.