Animal Years


Animal Years
The main project I have been working with during the last twelve years, Animal Years, was completed in 2014.
This twelve-year project, begun in 2002 and finished in 2014, is based on the Chinese calendar, where each year is named after an animal. It was performed and video recorded mainly on Harakka Island in Helsinki. As a way of rounding up Animal Years I recreated the first year, Year of the Horse from 2002 in 2014, once a month, rather than the original once a week. It is a current project in the sense of not yet having been displayed as a whole. Some key works depicting each year are the following:
Year of the Horse
Year of the Horse (Sitting on a Rock) 2003 (12 min 28 sec) DV 4:3
Year of the Goat
Year of the Goat – Harakka Shore 1-3 2004 (40 min) DV 4:3
Year of the Goat – Harakka Shore (Installation) 2004 (13 min 28 sec) DV 4:3
Year of the Monkey
Year of the Monkey 1-2 2005 (7 min) DV 4:3
Year of the Monkey (installation) 2005 (3 min 40 sec) DV 4:3
Year of the Monkey – Tomtebo 2005 (22 min) DV 4:3
Year of the Rooster
Year of the Rooster (installation) 2006 (32 min) DV 4:3
Year of the Rooster 2006 (31 min) DV 4:3
The same year, elsewhere:
Sitting on a Birch 2006 (24 min 15 sec) DV 4:3
Secret Garden 1+2 2006 (24 min) DV 4:3
Secret Garden 1 2006 (24 min) DV 4:3
Year of the Dog
Year of the Dog – Sitting in a Tree 2007 (8 min 10 sec) DV 4:3
Shadow of a Pine I, II, III, IV 2007 (16 min) DV 4:3
Shadow of a Pine I, Shadow of a Pine II 2007 (16 min) DV 4:3
The same year, elsewhere:
Year of the Dog in Kalvola – Calendar 2007 (4 min 10 sec) DV 4:3
Year of the Dog in Kalvola – Calendar 1-2 2007 (4 min 20 sec) DV 4:3
Year of the Pig
Year of the Pig – Weather vane I (short) 2008 (23 min) DV 4:3
Year of the Pig – Sitting on a Cliff I-II (short) 2008 (46 min) DV 4:3
Year of the Pig – Installation 2008 (82 min) DV 4:3
Under the Spruce I-III 2008 (28 min) DV 4:3
Year of the Rat
Year of the Rat – Mermaid 1-2 2009 (34 min 33 sec) DV 4:3
Year of the Rat – Uphill – Downhill 2009 (19 min 12 sec) DV 4:3
Year of the Rat – Dripping (short) 2009 (6 min 47 sec) DV 4:3
Year of the Ox
Year of the Ox – Riding a Buoy 2010 (50 min) HD 16:9
Year of the Ox – Sitting in the Wall 2010 (42 min 44 sec) HD 16:9
Year of the Ox – Walking in Circles 2010 (90 min) HD 16:9
Year of the Ox – Walking in Circles (short) 2010 (19 min 16 sec) HD 16:9
Year of the Ox – In a Yoke 1-2 2010 (5 min 10 sec) HD 16:9
Year of the Tiger
Year of the Tiger (long) 2012 (87 min) HD 16:9
Year of the Tiger 2011 (28 min 19 sec) HD 16:9
Year of the Tiger (mini) 2012 (6 min. 19 sec) HD 16:9
Year of the Rabbit
Year of the Rabbit – With a Juniper 2012 (20 min 10 sec) HD 16:9
Year of the Rabbit – By the Birdshed 2012 (20 min 10 sec) HD 16:9
Year of the Dragon
Year of the Dragon Waving (A & B) 2013 (50 min 13 sec) HD 16:9
Calling the Dragon (North, East, South & West) 2013 (46 min 50 sec) HD 16:9
Calling the Dragon 1-4 (Bell) 2013 (6 min. 28 sec.) HD 16:9
Year of the Snake
Year of the Snake – Swinging (installation) 2014 (36 min. 30 sec.) HD 16:9
Year of the Snake – By the Swing 2014 (50 min. 41 sec.) HD 16:9
Year of the Snake – Watching the Harbour 2014 (55 min. 3 sec.) HD 16:9
Year of the Snake – Swinging Along (mix) 2014 (3 min. 30 sec.) HD 16:9
Year of the Snake – Swinging Along 2014 (26 min. 30 sec.) HD 16:9
Year of the Snake – In the Swing 2014 (16 min.8 sec.) HD 16:9

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