Akiya

In Akiya a reel-to-reel tape recorder plays a song that tells the story of the increasing number of abandoned houses and buildings in Japan. This contemporary story is told in the ancient style of Noh, a traditional Japanese theatrical form. The work does not show images of uninhabited buildings, instead they serve as a conceptual starting point. The lyrics of the poem are recited in archaic Muromachi period (1333–1573) Japanese. They are based on current newspaper articles and poetic fragments, metaphysics and peculiar humor, giving character and personality to the voice we hear.
The song is associated with the machine rather than the human. The performer becomes a machine and the machine becomes a performer. The work creates a future mythology or a dialogue between past and present by juxtaposing the traditional storytelling form with a contemporary interpretation of the current phenomenon of desolate houses.
by Jonna Kina Finland / Japan / USA 2020 Japanese 5’ Colour World premiere

Crew

Written and directed byJonna Kina
CinematographyVille Piippo
EditingJonna Kina
Sound DesignJonathan Fuhrer
Voice-OverRyoko Aoki
ProducerJonna Kina
Executive ProducerJonna Kina

Produced by

Jonna Kina

Tampere, Finland

+358 40 7756703

World sales

AV-arkki - The Centre for Finnish Media Art

Helsinki, Finland

+358 40 7418992

Jonna Kina

Jonna Kina, born in 1984 in Finland, is an artist who works with a variety of different media. Sound, perception, and imagination are essential ingredients in her research and practice. Her work reveals the value of fictional viewpoints in non-fictional investigations. Kina’s works have been awarded and have been shown in museums and film festivals internationally. Akiya is her fifth short.

Filmography

2012 Reconstructions; 21 min. 2016 Secret Words and Related Stories; 21 min. 2017 Arr. For a Scene; 6 min. 2018 SOMNIVM; 13 min. 2020 Akiya; 5 min.

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2020

Dates

Program 4
Feb 21 20:30

Werkstattkino@silent green

Subtitles: English

Ticket code 212533

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Feb 24 22:00

Kino Arsenal 1

Subtitles: English

Ticket code 240351

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