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APN 201

About the project

Using his own savings APN201 wants to show that you can make art without grants.
As long as you have brain that is producing ideas you can do anything.
This page is a collection of pictures, videos and text. Describing the art work and the process around it.

Info: info@apn201.com

Sleep Revival

ART? Posted on Fri, January 20, 2023 22:28:35

Exactly 10 years after the making of my 8-hour long Warhol remake, Sleep, it gained unexpected traction. For reasons unknown to me, YouTube algorithm decided to suggest this movie (from my dormant secondary channel) to hundreds of thousands of viewers.

Sudden surge in views.

Before long this abandoned channel was alive again. It was getting hundreds of followers and comments and thousands of views every day. From the comments it seemed like especially the members of gay subculture, “bears” were interested in the channel. Sleep was the champion, but my other films started also getting views – especially those where I’m naked or almost naked.

This all seems to connect with trending of sleepstreams – people live streaming their sleeping. Sleep was not really a stream, but somehow it was fitting this trend. Of course I decided to ride the wave. I’m not interested in streaming, but I figured, that somehow I need to feed the YouTube algorithm and deliver content to my new fans.

Man sleeping on an antique rug

I took my camera from the closet and started shooting myself sleeping again. I did not want to make live streams. Instead I wanted to improve the concept of original Sleep – to have interesting images of a sleeping man. I used my vintage Soviet lens, sat down in my Design armchair and let the camera roll. When I woke up, I moved the camera and did it again, and again and again, until I had about an hour of material. Then I quickly edited it, applied some sounds, grain and heavy color grading and uploaded it to YouTube. The “premiere” event in YouTube gained some live fans chatting with me. Soon the video had over 5000 views. We needed more and better sleep.

I made another one when I sleep on a small sofa. I added more scenes and faster cut. It become 1½ hours long. I set it premiere in a couple of days time (Saturday 21. January) so that possible fans can make the time to watch it.

Next night I set my camera up again. This time I decided to sleep on an old Persian rug. This time I graded it differently. I did not desaturate the colors that much. Just enough to catch the night atmosphere and vintage feeling. I can not wait longer, so I set it to premiere on Sunday a day after the sofa movie.

Let’s see what happens with the premieres and how long I have the interest in filming myself sleeping. Maybe when I have 8 hours of footage, I can edit Sleep 2023 – a sequel, to celebrate the 10th anniversary.

My main focus now is the World Premiere of Natura in IFFR Rotterdam next week. Therefore I decided to harness the success of my sleep to promote Natura. It has worked quite well. The Natura trailer in IFFR YouTube channel has already 1000 new views now. You should watch it and comment it NOW! (Or even better come to the world premiere in Rotterdam 29th January 2023)



Rotterdam, we meet again

Uncategorised Posted on Fri, January 13, 2023 23:15:01

Back in 2015 I was in IFFR (Rotterdam International Film Festival) with my 8-hour movie, Sleep. It was amazing experience. Now after all the years I’m going back. I did the role of cryptomillionaire in Matti Harju’s dabut feature film, Natura. The movie will have it’s world premiere in Rotterdam January 29th and I will be there together with Matti. It’s amazing movie. I wish everyone could join the premiere.



Digipukki TV appearance

ART? Posted on Thu, December 22, 2022 19:19:35

Digipukki show now visible on YLE Areena web service.



Digipukki.com

ART? Posted on Wed, December 14, 2022 22:03:22
Digipukki.com
Photo: Noora Haapaniemi

Reality is sometimes mimicking art. Back in 2020 in the middle of Covid pandemic, I decided to try something new. Zoom -meetings were a big thing and people even organized parties over video, because of the lockdowns.

I had been doing some live Santa gigs when I was young. That’s a big thing in Finland. Families pay big bucks to strangers in shabby costumes coming to perform poor stand-up comedy in their homes. The kids are too excited to care about the quality – and frankly there is a limited possibilities to evaluate it. You just get a phone number from classified ads, or on supermarket bulletin board.

Anyway I decided to give it a go. I ordered the costume from webshop and created my own website digipukki.com. I even added a e-commerce module, to make it possible to pay with credit card. There were options for recorded and live calls of different lengths. I did not want trouble, so I even registered it as a business in the tax office. Problem was to somehow get customers. I made some Facebook ads. Additionally I made some teasers in Youtube. To get a bit more content on the Facebook -page I also made a 24-part “Christmas calendar” -series, where the Santa was telling bad jokes in Finnish.

Additionally I made a couple of “music videos”, where I sing a traditional Finnish Christmas song “Joulupukki Joulupukki” over a different famous melodies from artists like Dylan, Nirvana, Dr. Dre and Sex Pistols.

Christmas came. I did not make much profit, but it was fun. After the lockdowns were lifted, there was no need for such a service anymore, so I abandoned it. The content anyway remained in Internet.

Come 2022. Finnish national broadcasting company YLE was looking for people to participate as guests in one of their Christmas programs. Idea was to talk about Christmas, life, everything between 4 strangers. I contacted them and mentioned my Digipukki project as a reason why I would be interesting guest. I did not fit the group, but later they contacted me and asked if it was possible to come to the studio and perform the punk song. I told it’s fine, although I’m obliged to inform them that I cannot sing and I have 0 experience of performing the song anywhere. They said it’s not an issue, so one Friday morning I took the train to Tampere and we shot a hilarious special guest appearance by Digipukki.

The show will be available in YLE Areena, live TV, and possibly also YouTube. Article (in Finnish) about the TV programme here.



Dark Room

ART? Posted on Wed, August 10, 2022 14:45:02

A family is inside a freestanding room-sized camera obscura by a small lake. They observe the image projected by the pinhole, when suddenly something scares them.

After participating in another movie project, I got inspired to make my own film as well. I have owned a Pinhole Pro S lens for a while, but had forgotten about it. I wanted to make a film as a timelapse from a series of pinhole images.

Trailer
Thingify Pinhole Pro S on Canon EOS M

Although the film is an experimental study about the capabilities of using pinhole photography in film making, I did not want it to be a pure technology demo, so I wrote the script around the theme of camera obscura – a dark room. The film is currently in post production. It is planned to premiere this autumn.

Movie poster
Still from the movie shows the soft edges from pinhole photography
Location is a small lake in Finland

IMDB page

Article on APN201.com



Starship pendant

ART? Posted on Fri, April 08, 2022 23:20:07
Starship 3d printed

After a long pause, I opened my old simple design in Tinkercad and modified it to work as a Starship pendant. Not sure about the printability of the thin strips in X. Intentionally left the mesh artifacts on the wings to make them more interesting. Walls are 1mm thick to allow also steel printing although on more precious metals 0,8 mm would work and would be cheaper.
Available at Shapeways.



Cryptonaut

ART? Posted on Mon, March 29, 2021 21:26:18

A crypto-astronaut. A piece of Bitcoin original source code (bitcoind.cpp) is scrolling on her visor.

See the NFT at OpenSeas.



Space Ether

ART? Posted on Sun, March 28, 2021 20:49:39

Need to go great lengths to find cheaper gas prices.

See in OpenSeas.

Atmospheric Diving Suit 2.JPG  Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 from Narrissa Spies

Night sky Freycinet 2.jpg Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 from Dmitry Brant.



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