Secret Words and Related Stories

Jonna Kina

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Takeover: IV. Words Takeover Secret Words and Related Stories
Jonna Kina

20 Minutes

Repeat: Dec 15-16 ET

Secret Words and Related Stories is a set of anonymously collected passwords and the stories behind them. The entry point is personal “secrets” and security, and their place in contemporary society. To examine independence—a limited kind of independence—is to unravel what security means to the identity, a kind of coding of physical history and memory to access all kinds of commerce and services in the virtual world. That key is compressed into these fragments of language (passwords) that are unpackaged through the work. In the video, young actors between the ages of 12 and 16 years stand in front of a red backdrop and read from a sheet of paper, narrating personal confessions, childhood memories, and clichéd rationalities. These are thoughtful, humorous, and emotional stories about a chosen word that often discloses personal information, which is the antithesis of its purpose. The 74 passwords and corresonding stories featured in this video are also collected in an eponymous book, published in the style of a paperback novel.

This screening is part of Words Takeover, the fourth chapter of the online program Takeover curated by Julian Ross for e-flux Video & Film, and unfolding in six chapters between September 22 and December 15, 2022, with the films and videos of each chapter streaming for two weeks.

For more information, contact program@e-flux.com.

Internet, Film, Surveillance & Privacy
Childhood & Youth, Video Art, Memory, Storytelling
Return to IV. Words Takeover

By unveiling and deconstructing forms and methods, Jonna Kina’s works suggest complex questions dealing with a diverse range of topics: the trans-sensory power of sound; the relations and exchanges between artifice and reality; the mechanisms of translation; the relationship between the viewer and the artwork. Kina’s works have been presented widely in numerous international exhibitions and festivals, such as Berlinale Forum Expanded; Contemporary Art Museum of Estonia; International Film Festival Rotterdam; Tokyo Photographic Art Museum; Espoo Museum of Modern Art EMMA; Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne; Moscow Biennale for Young Art. Her film Arr. for a Scene was awarded Best Nordic Short Film (2017) by Nordisk Panorama. She was shortlisted for the VISIO Young Talent Acquisition Prize in Florence (2017) and was winner of the VIDS Media Art Prize by Lappeenranta Art Museum (2021).


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