S.P.A.C.E. - International Residency - Elian Mikkola

Elian Mikkola, the second international resident that has been working at S.P.A.C.E. from the 29th of May, will present their installation "TRAPPed in S.p.a.c.e." on the 19th of July at Wiesenstraße 29 in Berlin.

The project they have been working on as a part of the S.P.A.C.E residency started with a single 35mm film frame from the Die Trapp-Familie, a German narrative film released in 1956, based on Maria Von Trapp’s 1949 memoir The Story of the Trapp Family Singers. This single frame is a representation of a still moment “frozen in history” that they intend to not only bring back to life but manipulate further. By intervening in the past, they aim to open up possibilities for the reconstruction of history itself. As a conclusion to their residency, they will be showing an installation variation of this project in the S.P.A.C.E atelier. This variation will be a dive into the interplay between digital light, analogue projection and sculpture. Spreading and magnifying into a three-dimensional space from the original 35mm frame surface, they offer this first release experience on the 19th of July.

Elian Mikkola is a Finnish queer filmmaker and media artist currently based between Treaty 4 Regina and Tiohtià:ke, also known as Montréal, Canada. Mikkola works closely with both analog and digital images and explores themes such as memory, spatial dependences and queer belonging. They’ve done extensive research in the field of eco-processed film since 2017. Mikkola finds motivation in challenging film traditions that have been dominated by the Western world and cisgender artists and approaches this critique mostly through personal archives, found footage and comedic release.

  • 19th of July
  • 19:00 - 22:00
  • Wiesenstraße 29
  • 13357
  • Berlin

Photo: Elian Mikkola