Out 2

Out 2 is a collective film installation and related explorative events, inspired by Jacques Rivette’s enigmatic 13-hour film Out 1: Noli Me Tangere (1971)  made up of absurd and fragmented scenes. These come together to form an image of Paris in the early 70s that has been described as both dreamlike and nightmarish.

Instead of adapting or reenacting the film, Out 2 generates a view of possible correspondences surrounding the question “where are we now?”. For Out 2 this means the unravelling of individual authorship in favour of a collective one. In taking this gamble, the only parameters the group have upheld are against creating parameters, including a resistance towards establishing a definitive end. And so Out 2 unfolds as a self-generating creature, gradually developing into its own master.

Out 2 investigates “accessibility” to contemporaneity via historical moments. It intertwines documentary and fabricated fragments, also produced in the event, into a sculptural moving image composition.

Out 2 was presented at the Research Pavilion – Utopia of Access; the 57th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy 2017.

Installation photos from Venice by Maiju Loukola.
Frames from raw footage by Niko Skorpio.

2017
Collective film installation
Out 2 group:
Harri Laakso and Maiju Loukola (artist-researchers responsible for the project), Laura Jarvey, Riikka Theresa Innanen, Outi Yli-Viikari, Saara Tamminen, Jernej Cucek Gerbec, Matti Tanskanen, Niko Nurmi, Ragnar Águstsson, Joel Autio, Eero Tiainen, Valeria Nekhaeva, Niko Skorpio, Ali Mehta, Aneta Atsova, Katja Lautamatti, Henna Herranen, Katri Miettinen, Tatiana Melnikova, Jakub Bobrowski, Ilona Lehtonen, Victor Pereira Pardinho, Jelena Rosic, Adriana Delgado / MA and DA students from ViCCA MA programme in Visual Culture and contemporary art, ELO Dept. of Film, tv and Scenography & Medialab at Aalto ARTS Helsinki.

Related (in Finnish):
Out 2 – kokeellinen liikkuvan kuvan kollektiiviteos nykyisen ja menneen ajan leikkauspisteitä jäljittämässä
Harri Laakso, Maiju Loukola, Henna Herranen, Matti Tanskanen, Saara Tamminen
(Lähikuva 1/2017, 76-87)