Synopsis & Credits
“Stilleben – Milena’s Journey” is based on the radiophonic composition ”Stilleben” by composer Kaija Saariaho. Script, direction, editing and production is by media artist Marikki Hakola, camera is by Raimo Uunila and acting by Minna Tarkka.
The starting point of the story is Franz Kafka’s letters to his beloved Milena. Exerpts of letters are heard as part of the radiophonic composition. The Journey of Milena turns from perceptions and impressions to mental expressions. Milena’s Journey draws out experiences of distance, solitude and longing. Simultaneous layered imagery relies on the collective memory of the audience, the ability to see invisible.
The video work is commisioned by Austrian Broadcasting Company ÖRF for the Linz Ars Electronica television gala 1989. The video work is in collections of the Contemporary Art Museum Kiasma (Helsinki, Finland) and the Musée National d’Art Moderne, Centre Pompidou (Paris, France).