This is the second excerpt from a new short film Where From Here (2020), commissioned by the Finnish Cultural Institutes that explores virtuality and dis-connectivity in a time pandemic and breakdown.
A cinematic collaboration between Lenore Malen and Samir Bhowmik it’s starting point is a phrase by Gianpiero Petriglieri on the virtual: “We sense too little and can’t imagine enough.”
Where from Here is a series of six intertwined short films, performances, monologues alternating between the backdrops of The Hudson Valley, New York City and the Helsinki archipelago. This back-and-forth remote correspondence between the artists over a period of two months works like a chain letter, constantly dependent on interpretation and improvisation, and thus it’s conclusions remain open ended.
The Finnish episodes, featuring the performer/Singer Dallas Ulla and take place on the Helsinki Archipelago: Vuossari, Jätkäsaari and Kruunuvuori.
The New York episodes featuring Actress Jessica Weinstein were filmed in an abandoned garden in Hudson NY, a nearby cemetery, and in Soho, New York.
Weinstein’s voice over narration includes fragments of 19th and 20th century texts including Marshall Mcluhan, a letter from Orwell to Huxley, a reading of Atwood and Poe, and Nikolai Fedorov’s manifesto on Russian Cosmism — in part the seeds of futuristic theory that inspired the Russian space program.
The film, Where From Here, will premiere in the late summer /early autumn.
Lenore Malen is a New York based interdisciplinary artist. With a BA degree in Art History from Skidmore College and a MA in Art history from the University of Pennsylvania, she works with diverse media, incorporating in her projects performance, photography, video, installation but also fiction writing. Using history and humor, Malen explores utopian longings, dystopian aftermaths as well as the sciences and technologies that give essence to them. More recently, her work focuses on ecology, cultural myths and on the unstable boundaries between humans and animals. Malen was awarded a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship and NYFA/NYSCA grants in Interdisciplinary Art. Her creations have been exhibited and performed in the USA but also internationally.
Samir Bhowmik (born 1975) is a multidisciplinary Finnish artist and architect. Bhowmik graduated from Aalto University, Finland, as a Doctor of Arts and also holds a Master of Architecture from the University of Maryland, United-States. His current work explores the architectural, infrastructural and energetic entanglements between cultural memory and the environment. He uses multi-sensorial methods, investigating infrastructure, in order to produce poetic vignettes highlighting the opposition of multiple materialities, networks and bodies. He often creates participatory narratives and immersive performances where imaginaries of hidden, contested and lost topographies unfold.