Jani Ruscica works primarily with video, photography, sculpture and other media exploring the connections between cinema, theatre and performance.
His research, based on humanistic and anthropological bases, reflects on how the perception and the definition of a place are influenced by individual experiences, cultural and even scientific factors. In his practice, he compares the history and the temporal stratifications of a site with the contemporary zeitgeist; thus, he generates complex and singular semantic implications.
His second solo show at OTTO ZOO develops from a video, Screen test (for a Living sculpture) (2012, multichannel installation 16 mm transferred to HD, 3’) a subtle study on sculpture and on form, duration and the performative act. Realized in collaboration with the artist Sini Pellki and commissioned by MoMA PS1 and Creative Time MTV’s Art Breaks, the film is a three-channel video depicting a living sculpture where, with a minimal swerve, stasis breaks into movement.
Connected to this video are also two series of works referring to the film production phases: a set of photographs of the two protagonists and a set of mixed media collages, Material Studies, which wander about the concept of matter and plasticity.
Jani Ruscica (Savonlinna, 1978) studied at Chelsea College of Art and Design in London and at the Academy of Fine Arts in Helsinki. He lives in Helsinki.
Recent exhibitions include “Found Translation, Chapter L” Casino Luxembourg, 5th Momentum Biennial, Moss (Norway), “Life Forms” at Bonnier Konsthall, Stockholm, “Shifting Identities” at MACRO, Rome, as well as screenings in institutions such as Centre Pompidou, Paris, TATE Modern, London, MoMA, New York.