INSTRUMENT OF HIMMLER (2014)
Director: Heikki Huttu-Hiltunen
Yrjö von Grönhagen: Aki Cederberg
A documentary film about Finnish student, Yrjö von Grönhagen, who decides to leave University of Sorbonne and walk from Paris to Helsinki in the spring of 1935. On his way, in Germany, he meets Heinrich Himmler, who is attracted by a traditional Finnish instrument, kantele. Himmler employs Yrjö as researcher to the Ahnenerbe institute to find the Aryan roots from the runic singing culture of Finnish Carelia.
HALO MANASH - TAIWASKIVI
TAIWASKIVI, A film made as part of the group HALO MANASH, is included on the DVD-collection Back to Human Nature! (Published by Njuta Films and anthologized by Carl Abrahamsson)
“Back to human nature!” contains new cinematic work by four Swedish artists and one Finnish audiovisual group. Dynamic, consciousness-expanding and awareness-raising, these films range from minimalistic meditations, animated analyses, over ritualistic reverence and psychic soulsearching, to primordial possession. With minimal means, these artists have created unique multidimensional visions of an inner state of mind and, more importantly, of experimental magical attempts to overcome the frustrations we all experience in contemporary culture, urbanized globalisation and technological stress. Their results are colourful cinematic talismans, beamed from five highly creative mind-entities to the world outside."
"Halo Manash’s audiovisual shamanism spellbinds our apprehensions and breaks open our heads. With an archaic and atavistic animism straight from our primordial psyche, these groundbreaking Finnish artists seduce and impregnate the viewer with a stern sense of ritual force."
"This remarkable Finnish duo explore mystical and magical realms with a frenzy that evokes pure elemental forces. In their own words: “In Halo Manash, sound and movement come together as rhythmical language that facilitates communion with elemental beings. Our aim is to revitalise one of the oldest subconscious forms of communication, to open the gates with the aid of music and widen the horizon of perception concerning states of otherness lying in-between the cardinal directions.” Taiwaskivi sets an encouraging tone for a new primordialism in contemporary art. We are human beings and hence we are imbued with an ancestry stemming from nature and how we relate to nature. Arcane, archaic, anachronistic, anarchic... The spiritual realm lies hidden in powerfully commited behaviour that transgresses the “civilised” mannerisms with which we have been force-fed. The tempo of Taiwaskivi challenges our media-fragmented minds. We are used to ultra-rapid editing of a massive amount of information. Halo Manash offer us the exact opposite – an antidote: a slow generation of energy stemming not from information but from primordial wisdom, and from the poetry of human beings as non-corrupt organisms in tune with the elements."
HALO MANASH - 'R.A.S.H.N.K.A-RA' (LP + DVD + A2 POSTER)
HALO MANASH, redrobed and clothed in ash, has a completed a helical cycle, r.A.S.H.n.k.a-RA. Archaic sounds and visions from the heights and depths, elemental ambience and primal thundering. Various instruments such as horns, kanglings, bells, cymbals, drums, singing bowls, damaras, rattles, chimes, bones, selfmade instruments, vocals, voices, and the elemental sounds themselves give form to a work that is
sometimes serene, sometimes fierce and chaotic.
Everything is in pairs: thus r.A.S.H.n.k.a-RA itself consists of two distinct creations/destructions:
IN 4 ELEMENTS (DVD) was realized/received in 4 circulations of the sun and consists of 4 parts.
IN POLARDUAL (LP) is the dark twin, and was received /realized in 2 circulations of the sun, consisting of two parts.
For other works by Halo Manash, visit Halo Manash website.