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the human story

In the video installation The Human Story (Ihmisen tarina, 2015) experts from different fields tell their own versions of the story of the human race. How is the story seen from the perspective of evolutionary biology, theology or astronomy? How were humans born? Is there a purpose to human existence? What will happen to humans in the future? Laininen interviewed each expert around a fire in an Iron Age hut on a dark winter evening. She edited the interviews into a polyphonic story where different worldviews live side by side. The video was installed as a life-size campfire circle in a dark gallery space.

The Human Story is Laininen’s Master’s degree work for the Academy of Fine Arts in Helsinki. At the moment Laininen is starting the fine arts doctoral studies to research sustainable life forms in the post fossil future. She is developing creative writing as a tool to react to environmental crisis: How can communal creative writing support the process of learning skills of sustainable life?

Laininen is also teaching and practicing creative writing, including ecological science fiction. Her poems has been published in anthologies and she has won several poetry prizes in Finland.

Ilkka Hanski, ecologist
Kaisa Kariranta, theologian
Dalva Lamminmäki, folklorist
Tuulikki Pietilä, anthropologist
Antti Salminen, philosopher
Seita Vuorela, author
Miikka Väisälä, astronomer
Hamed Shafae, Master of Social Science, member of the Finnish Human Rights Delegation



The Human Story (c) Henna Laininen

2016  Ihmisen tarina, Richardinkadun kirjasto, Helsinki.

2016 The Stories of the Anthropocene -festivaali, Ihmisen tarina, Tukholma.


In memory of Seita Vuorela

HENNA LAININEN The Human Story (2015), video installation, HD, 82 min. English subtitles.

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