Pasi Autio (b. 1974) is a Helsinki-based media artist who has exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions since 2000. His touchingly frank art looks at loneliness, exclusion, the transience of life, and death, weaving together these underlying themes in a lyrical tapestry that wavers between simplicity and complexity, with seemingly straightforward ideas unravelling to reveal their true, greatly more complicated nature. Autio revels in experiences of reality in which realism intersects with feelings and imagination. Working across the mediums of video, audio and photography, many of his works consist of photograph-like video imagery paired with a painstakingly designed soundscape.
Everyone dances to a “chirpy beat” in Pasi Autio’s Bird Disco (2020). Autio is fascinated by the rhythms and musicality of birdsongs. Drastic drops in bird populations have been reported in the news recently. With this piece, the artist stirs mixed emotions by linking a grave global issue – biodiversity loss – with the seductive appeal of music.
Autio synthesized natural birdsongs into rhythmic, minimalist, psychedelic “disco hits”. Dancer Ville Oinonen created the choreography based on typical avian movements. Oinonen is also the “dance teacher” in the Bird Disco.
Photos: Matti Pyykkö