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Best Art Fiction FilmBest Director


Haida Gwaii



BSTSFF 2016 Selection Laurel

Brothers is a short film about the different perception of the world around us by children compared to adults. Children’s mind is still a blank canvas with lots of space for imagination, whilst adults have already spoiled it with symbols and meanings.

The film premiered at Haida Gwaii Film Festival 2016 and was also screened at Hang Onto your Shorts Film Festival, Brightside Tavern Film Festival and All Lights India Film Festival. It was also part of Official Selection at Blow Up Chicago International Arthouse Film Festival in 2016. It was awarded with Best director and Best art fiction film at Fresh Stream Experimental Film Festival 2018.

Brothers film poster

Still shot from Brothers short movie



We live in a hectic worked, where everyone just cares about themselves. People are not really in hurry, but the society has planted in their mindsets. They need to run and hurry. they need to use their elbows to be before others. They need to fit in the train that is already a full. Platform is a short story from CPH airport train station. It is a bystander view about the stress that the society is putting over people. Soundtrack includes distorted totalitaristic announcements and bible sentences.

“There is a train for everyone, but some of us must stay at the platform”

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Video 16 minutes

Hidden / Exposed


Hidden / Exposed is a project that is experimenting how Internet can on other hand bring a single image or text into the spotlight and gain huge publicity as on the other hand you can publish hundreds of hours of material that is available, but still not really exposed to public.

In this ongoing project Juha is placing himself as test-subject, exposing parts of his private life in to public, yet still remaining hidden. There is no turning back. When public wants to find the private information, they will – and then the public can not become private again.

The project consist of live and recorded video streams, Youtube channel, Facebook profiles, live surveillance cameras and blogs.

Digital Internet media.

The Most Beautiful Haiku With Ugly Illustrations

The Most Beautiful Haiku With Ugly Illustrations
The Most Beautiful Haiku With Ugly Illustrations

This book is a continuation for the earlier project. Instead of studying the transition from analog to digital, this one studies the relevance of rules. Haiku is a traditional form of poetry with strict rules about the form and content.

The book experiments how the illustrations change the content of modern haiku, where the abstraction traditionally is a key element.

Soft cover book. 72 pages



Putinate is a digital work, that consists of animated gif-image and a randomly changing text.

The work reminds the viewer, that despite the times, same rhetoric is re-used in political messages.

The speech contains quotes from Adolf Hitler, Joseph Göbbels, John F. Kennedy, Abraham Lincoln etc.

Digital Internet Media


Rabbit mask composition

This is another study about transformation. The key piece, a “splicer mask” is taken from a video game. The composition started with the mask itself and evolved involved into a photograph and resulted in two oil paintings, where the second one is an analog composite between the photograph and the first painting.

Oil on canvas, papier mache, digital photography


Sleep Poster

Sleep is a work that is not as obvious as it first might seem. As I like to experiment the transition between existing and new, I made the film to observe differences between years 1963 and 2013.

Content-wise the film is very different from Andy Warhol’s original, but although technology has taken big leaps, it is still not that easy to work with 8 hours of material using consumer-grade equipment.

This is a typical example of my work where context goes over content. The film is 8 hours long art movie, yet still it is available as a single-layer DVD from Amazon – a concept that was studied earlier in project: Aphorisms from the edge of the walk-in closet.

In matter of fact when it was screened at Rotterdam International Film Festival 2015, the curator ordered the copy from Amazon.

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Video 480 minutes


Amazon DVD


  1. This work is licensed under CC BY-ND 4.0  ↩︎