• Image: Garbage Wheel by Kaisa Penttilä

    The Finnish interactive exhibition Amusement Park is showing in the UK for the first time as one of the highlights of this year’s Flatpack Festival, 19-29 March in Birmingham.

    Amusement Park is a set of installations exploring the relationship between animation and interactivity that makes its way to the UK for the first time. Focusing on a group of contemporary Finnish animators whose practice transcends screen-based work, the exhibition is made up of nine works including Elli Vuorinen’s ‘Memory Trace’ in which viewers are invited to leave their mark in a bed-sized pin board and Kaisa Penttilä’s immersive life-size zoetrope, ‘Garbage Whirl’. The other contributing animators are Petri Bergman, Maria Björklund, Erika Weiste, Marko Leinonen, Joni Männistö, Lucas Pedersen, Reetta Neittaanmäki, Tatu Pohjavirta, Aiju Salminen, Niina Suominen and Jani Lehto. Amusement Park was produced by Kimmo Välimäki.

    The Flatpack Film Festival started as a monthly night in a Digbeth pub ten years ago. Since 2006 the Flatpack’s mobile film empire has grown to a recognised festival in UK's film calendar including cinema-tents, family film tours, DVD compilations and archive archaeology.

    The exhibition is supported by The Finnish Institute in London, The Finnish Film Foundation and Birmingham City University.

    Check out the video from last year’s festival here

    More information about Flatpack Festival here

Tuesday, 17th March 2015