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Juhani Koivumäki

The Apostle

Pikkujätkä 28.3.-12.4.2015

Juhani Koivumäki
“The Apostle“ Cinematic installation
Galleria Huuto Jätkäsaari – Pikkujätkä

Galleria Huuto Jätkäsaari is open during Easter holidays 3.-6.4.2015 at 12-5 pm., exceptionally on Monday also!

Same installation in different places on same year: Showroom Berliini (Berlin), Galleria Kone (Hämeenlinna), Huw Davies Gallery (Canberra), Poriginal gallery (Pori)

In short
“The Apostle” is a metaphorical short film about the ideas of Jesus of Nazareth, which are facing new forms of interpretations under the pressure of constantly changing needs of society and institutions. In the installation the film will turn on by sitting on the bench of a chirch.

According to the mystic G.I Gurjieff (1866-1949), many texts and sacraments in the Bible were meant to be interpreted directly and literally. Gurdjieff strongly emphasises the difference of the culture of that time and place, when compared to contemporary culture. He asserts that the Christian religion lost much of its radical strength when it was adopted into the commonly accepted order of society. During the lifetime of Jesus, blood had the sacred meaning of carrying part of the spirit of the one having it streaming inside. According to Gurdjieff, the apostles shared Jesus’ blood when He sensed that he would soon be taken away.

Da Vinci’s painting of the Last supper in the end of the film represents a common mental image of Jesus’ final moments. I find that there are some irrelevant assumptions around this image and in Christian religion itself.

Performance-night ”Religious experience” on Good friday 3.4. at 19- at Galleria Huuto Jätkäsaari.
It doesn’t matter if you are a Christian, Muslim, Buddhist, Hindi, atheist or if you are critical about religions or conservative. These events are about religious experience itself with the means of using art. Religious experience can mean even more than any religion, so open mind is recommended.

The event is open for everyone to experince the religious experience without direct impact of any certain religion. I have found that each of the performers have a certain religious thought and motivations behind their work. Still they are very different from each other. Pentti-Otto Koskinen, Tomasz Szrama, Seppo Salminen, Maija Saksman ja Messiaaninen Visuaalisen Etiikan Tutkimuskeskus.

Further information:
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