Eija-Liisa Ahtila: The Cinematic Works

Overview

In Eija-Liisa Ahtila's films and videos, ordinary suffering inhabits the bodies of her female subjects and takes over, spilling into such neurotic activities as crawling on a freeway overpass, lying face up in a puddle of mud, acting like a dog or blocking up all the windows and doors of a house so as to keep out distractions. This volume on the cinematic works of Ahtila aims not only to introduce the spectator to her narrative-driven psychological films but also to consider the working process of an artist and ...
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Overview

In Eija-Liisa Ahtila's films and videos, ordinary suffering inhabits the bodies of her female subjects and takes over, spilling into such neurotic activities as crawling on a freeway overpass, lying face up in a puddle of mud, acting like a dog or blocking up all the windows and doors of a house so as to keep out distractions. This volume on the cinematic works of Ahtila aims not only to introduce the spectator to her narrative-driven psychological films but also to consider the working process of an artist and filmmaker. Published here for the first time is a complete set of Ahtila's original film manuscripts plus a two-hour DVD with all of her film work to the present, presenting an all-too-rare opportunity to view the work of a time-based artist outside the exhibition space. Included are Me/We, Okay, Gray, If 6 was 9, Today, Consolation Service and Love is a Treasure. Please note that this DVD is from England and is formatted in their regional
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789525368055
  • Publisher: Crystal Eye Ltd.
  • Publication date: 9/1/2003
  • Edition description: Book and DVD, Bilingual Edition
  • Pages: 255
  • Product dimensions: 5.52 (w) x 7.48 (h) x 1.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Eija-Liisa Ahtila was born in 1959 in Hameenlinna, Finland. She started working with audio-visual media in the late 1980s, exploring experimental narrative storytelling techniques, including the connection between short films and commercials, and the possibilities of narration in splitscreens and multiscreen installations. Her films have been successfully screened in over 50 international film festivals and on television, while her installations of the films have been mounted at such venues as Documenta11 and at the Tate Modern in London.
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