The Ghost that Wasn’t (2013)
2 screen video Projection with audio
In ‘The Ghost that Wasn’t’ predominant cultural images and narratives from Japanese and Finnish ghost films around the 1950s are deconstructed and (re)framed to question how do cultural images, individual, communal and cultural memories influence us when we form our perception and give meanings to images.
Visible but silent, intangible yet tactile cultural cues are refocused to form new narratives and to investigate how values and beliefs are rooted within history and how they are passed on from one generation to the next.
On two screens events are simultaneously occurring across multitude of locations in mixtures of visual grammars, symbols, aesthetics and styles, operating in multidimensional, subconscious paradigms and conceptual frameworks. This challenges what is recognised as an acknowledged visual grammar, with its related aesthetics and an appropriate paradigm, and ultimately all answers remain as floating as the images.
The work has been created as part of academic research.
Teos on luotu osana akateemista tutkimusta.
Story: Elina Moriya
Voice: Yosai Jones
Kuroneko / 藪の中の黒猫 (1968) Director: Kaneto Shindo
Passionate Power / Intohimon vallassa (1947) Director: Teuvo Tulio
Onibaba / 鬼婆 (1964) Director: Kaneto Shindo
The White Reindeer / Valkoinen peura (1952). Director: Erik Blomberg
Ugetsu / 雨月物語 (1953) Director: Kenji Mizoguchi, Japan.
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For more on Finnish films, see the National Audiovisual Institute