I’m an improvising guitarist. I’m using guitar as a healing instrument for expressing emotions. I’m a composer too, but usually I make compositions only with words and images. Sometimes combining music, words, images and characters will result in a film. As a filmmaker I would like to be a cinematic interactor. Occasionally life is so hard for me or other people, that I’m taking a role of an art-fighter or a confusing psychiartist. Basically I’m interacting in Helsinki, Finland. Natively using Finnish language.

Images, music, words, expression, interaction

June 2021 (updated December 2022)

Images and music are independent. Images don’t need music, music doesn’t need images.

Anyway, images and music may live together.
How to make them to live together? How to make a work of art, that handles images and music equally?

In order to achieve that situation, these art forms must give something to each other. However, that’s an optimistic view. Another option is that there will be a fight.

The power of both of these art forms has been fascinating for me. I want to make images, I want to make music. Not necessarily in that order.

For a long time I thought, that I must choose one and make a decision, that one is more important than the other. To concentrate only on one thing. That kind of dedication and attitude make many things a lot easier for you in society, in life.

However, I’ve realized, that I must be truthful to myself.
I’ve realized, that choosing only images or only music is impossible for me.
After concentrating a while only on images, I desperately want to grab the guitar and play – and vice versa.

Today I’m interested in combining these two strong art forms. I’ve started making some short films, collaborating with a few colleagues and friends. Using a short film form, I try to combine images and music in a way, that maintains their independence and power. At the same time, I try to build an evolving interaction between these art forms.

Maybe they will live happily together or maybe they will fight against each other for the space they need. At least there will be dialogue between them.

Usually dialogue needs words. Trying to add some words in there too.

For combining images, music and words I started a project called “Union“. Different aspects and forms of art will have an interplay. This concept opens up the creativity. It drives me to make more images and music. It inspires me to design “compositions with words”. I’m looking forward to see, what emerges from it.

There are some results already for you!

The first short film of Union-project was released in June 2021. Mennyt (Bygone) is a short film about stillness and movement, things that pass. The second short film of the project is Kaipuu (Longing), released in May 2022.

More information about these short films right here on this site, on Union section.

Stay tuned for more images, music, words – and some other means of expression and ways to create connection.

Sam Kris