Wolfman and Batperson

2015
two seperate video works,
Dualscreen projection,
duration 10:51min,
stereo audio
strobe light

if you wish to see the installation version -video, please contact me: paula(at)paulalehtonen.net

Exhibited at Huuto Gallery

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CAST&CREW

Wolf:
Mikko Keskiivari
Bat:
Eero Yli-Vakkuri
Wolf VO:
Dxxxa D
Cinematographer:
Olli Horttana
Music:
Rasmus Hedlund
Soundmixer:
Kristian Ekholm
Studio photography:
Paavo Lehtonen

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Two separate video works were exhibited at Huuto gallery in August 2015. The videos follow human-animal hybrids, Batperson and Wolfman, at nighttime in the city. The characters in the videos, both referring to popular culture, are antiheroes who fight against everyday challenges in order to survive.

Wolfman differs from the native population due to his appearance and his integration is hindered by the latent hatred of wolves within the society.

The man equipped with the senses of a bat navigates with the help of a bat simulator helmet. The helmet has an ultrasonic sensor, similar to a bat’s echolocation system, as well as a microprocessor and a speaker. The individual wearing the helmet hears the soundscape of the surrounding space created by the sensor data. In spite of his limitations, Batperson has found a way to survive in the city.

The protagonists’ way to survive in the city parallels the experiences of those in a weaker position, those struggling with discrimination and sensory limitations. What the videos set up in the gallery have in common are their depiction of the city as a harsh environment, as opposed to nature, as well as the electronic soundscape composed by Rasmus Hedlund.

 

 

susimiesjalepakko

single channel version of the Batperson

single channel version of the Wolfman

Installation view at Huuto Gallery

Wolfman and Batperson Installation view

strobe light is synced with the videos

Susimies ja Lepakkoihiminen Gallerianäkymä Huuto

Lepakkoihminen by Paula Lehtonen

lepakkoihminen

Wolfman by Paula Lehtonen

Wolfman