Onscreen civilisation

Tatu Hiltunen, View (videostill), 2007.

Tatu Hiltunen, View (videostill), 2007.

TATU HILTUNEN’S solo video exhibition Jamais Vu (never seen), often described as the opposite of déjà vu, deals with man in the modern world and his flirtation with art history, nature, society and the feeling of being confined in an open cage.


Action, movement and speed are all trademarks in the artist’s works. Hiltunen discovers and experiments new options for his works while toying with stop-motion animation and frame slowing, the two video techniques he combines with still photographs.

In the animations, Hiltunen is the main character representing the human civilisation of our time. In his work View, we can see how he exposes humanity, science and culture. Being naked symbolises being exposed in the open wild from the position of society. We witness nature and civilisation being divided by a fence, which represents the barrier human beings create themselves.

  Jamais Vu
until 1 Feb
open: Tue-Fri 12-17
Sat-Sun 12-16
Gallery, Hippolyte Studio
Kalevankatu 18 B, Helsinki

The exhibition is an exposé of the real human being, free from the cultural influence, a reunion with his true nature and his inner self. It makes us wonder if we are prisoners in our own civilised jail; encapsulated by social rules and laws. It is a journey to consciousness for those interested in exploring a view of humankind. What happens when we do not act in the way society has programmed us?

The viewer can enjoy the works by simply seeing a funny guy doing a boggy dance in his underwear in snowy Lapland during winter; or he can have deeper thoughts about humanity, his relationship with nature, society and himself. “The possibility of people having different views and reactions when seeing my art work makes me happy,” said Hiltunen of his work.

Tatu Hiltunen – Image


About Susan Fourtané

As a citizen of the world, Susan began her search for her place in the world back at the beginning of the year 2000. After many travels looking for her place in the world, her soul found that place in Finland in September 2006. She has been living in Helsinki ever since, where she combines fiction and non-fiction writing with Philosophy studies and teaching.
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