Irene Suosalo’s cracking and deformed animated films bring to mind the experiments of early video art and computer animation, but also the nostalgic children’s animated classics from the 1960s. 

Colourful Retro Animations

Irene Suosalo’s colourful animated films that are built on abstract and simplified imagery recall the experiments of video and media artists such as Lillian F. Schwartz and Steina & Woody Vasulka from the early 1960s.

Suosalo’s works are usually based on the movement of ordinary shapes and colours on the surface of a scanner. The basic materials for the pieces are old photographs and computer games, colourful pieces of paper, pictures from board games and old toys. Having scanned this image material Suosalo further works on it by using, among other means, old video synthesizers.

Nonsense out of Reality

Nonsense Reality is a twenty-minute animation accompanied by music composed by Mikki Joensuu. The imagery chosen by Suosalo for the piece is a harmonious synthesis of green and blue backgrounds and graphic shapes.  The round and square forms move peacefully on the coloured backdrops, but occasionally the image is taken over by amorphous shapes that bring a more informal, even hallucinatory visual landscape into the organised structure of the beginning of the piece.