About

MTV’s Art Breaks, curated by MoMA PS1 and Creative Time, is a video series featuring ascendant visual artists. The program updates MTV’s legacy of working with vanguard visionaries like Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Doug Aitken. The first five videos in the new series come from Mickalene Thomas, Rashaad Newsome, Tala Madani, Mads Lynnerup and Jani Ruscica. Our most recent artists include Guido van der Werve, Andrew Kuo, Cody Critcheloe, Divya Mehra and Sema Bekirovic.

Jani Ruscica
in collaboration with Sini Pelkki
Screen Test (for a living sculpture), 2012

Additional Credits
Living sculpture: Magnús Logi Kristinsson
Living sculpture (hands): Miia Pelkki
Cinematographer: Anu Keränen
Camera assistant: Nea Salminen
Make-up: Salla Yli-Luopa
Costume: Emmi Leeve
Color Grading and Post-Production: Inka Ruohela / Generator Post

Artist Jani Ruscica MTV Art Breaks

Artist Bio: Jani Ruscica (b. 1978, Savonlinna, Finland)Jani Ruscica is an artist who works in a variety of media, including film, video, and photography. His work explores the intersection between cinema, video art, theatre and performance. Ruscica works collaboratively, and his interests lie in how one defines his/her location and placement in the world, and how this definition changes continuously according to personal, cultural, representational or even scientific factors. For Art Breaks, Ruscica has collaborated with fellow Finnish artist Sini Pelkki on Screen Test (for a living sculpture), a video close up of a performer quietly confronting the viewer in a fleeting moment rooted in mundane experience. Ruscica was educated at Chelsea College of Art and Design in London and at the Academy of Fine Arts in Helsinki. His recent exhibitions include ‘Found in Translation – Chapter L’ Casino Luxembourg 2011, 6th Liverpool Biennial, 2010, 5th Momentum Biennial, Moss, Norway 2009, ‘Life Forms’Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm, 2009, ‘Tracking Traces…’Kiasma, Helsinki as well as screenings in institutions such as Centre Pompidou, Paris, TATE Modern, London and MoMA, New York. Jani Ruscica lives and works in Helsinki, Finland. 
Website:http://www.janiruscica.com
Collaborator: Sini Pelkki (b. 1978, Helsinki, Finland)Sini Pelkki is an artist working with photography and video. Pelkki is interested in the subjectivity of seeing, and the images within images. In her works different landscapes, figures and objects turn into layered narratives that lead to various paths and ambiguous readings. Her recent solo exhibitions include ”Embarkation” at Kunsthalle Helsinki (2011), ”Echo for Two” at the Photographic Gallery Hippolyte, Helsinki (2011), ”Passage” at the Finnish Institute in Stockholm (2010) and ”Tense Territories” at the Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki (2009). Pelkki graduated from Chelsea College of Art & Design (London, UK) and from the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts (Helsinki, Finland).Sini Pelkki lives and works in Helsinki Finland.Website:http://www.sinipelkki.net

Artist Bio: Jani Ruscica (b. 1978, Savonlinna, Finland)
Jani Ruscica is an artist who works in a variety of media, including film, video, and photography. His work explores the intersection between cinema, video art, theatre and performance. Ruscica works collaboratively, and his interests lie in how one defines his/her location and placement in the world, and how this definition changes continuously according to personal, cultural, representational or even scientific factors. For Art Breaks, Ruscica has collaborated with fellow Finnish artist Sini Pelkki on Screen Test (for a living sculpture), a video close up of a performer quietly confronting the viewer in a fleeting moment rooted in mundane experience. Ruscica was educated at Chelsea College of Art and Design in London and at the Academy of Fine Arts in Helsinki. His recent exhibitions include ‘Found in Translation – Chapter L’ Casino Luxembourg 2011, 6th Liverpool Biennial, 2010, 5th Momentum Biennial, Moss, Norway 2009, ‘Life Forms’Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm, 2009, ‘Tracking Traces…’Kiasma, Helsinki as well as screenings in institutions such as Centre Pompidou, Paris, TATE Modern, London and MoMA, New York.

Jani Ruscica lives and works in Helsinki, Finland. 


Website:
http://www.janiruscica.com

Collaborator: Sini Pelkki (b. 1978, Helsinki, Finland)
Sini Pelkki is an artist working with photography and video. Pelkki is interested in the subjectivity of seeing, and the images within images. In her works different landscapes, figures and objects turn into layered narratives that lead to various paths and ambiguous readings. Her recent solo exhibitions include ”Embarkation” at Kunsthalle Helsinki (2011), ”Echo for Two” at the Photographic Gallery Hippolyte, Helsinki (2011), ”Passage” at the Finnish Institute in Stockholm (2010) and ”Tense Territories” at the Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki (2009). Pelkki graduated from Chelsea College of Art & Design (London, UK) and from the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts (Helsinki, Finland).

Sini Pelkki lives and works in Helsinki Finland.

Website:
http://www.sinipelkki.net

Artist Jani Ruscica MTV Art Breaks