Love is a human condition remarkably well suited for getting people into trouble with one another. "Thirty-Second Love Songs" is a surreal animated short film contemplating the earthly issues of a divided family. The story is seen from the perspective of outer space and narrated in second person using tree pruning instructions as a metaphor for constructive domestic peacekeeping.
"Thirty-Second Love Songs shows a wonderfully designed world, in which humour, sadness, incomprehension,
wonder and starting afresh go hand in hand. Virtanen displays an environment that is both recognizable and yet at the same time intangible and highly imaginative. It is as though Virtanen wants to show how the momentum of meaning changes when it is experienced from a different perspective."
— Maze de Boer, artist
Judge of the Overduin Award 2016
Format: animated short film
Sound: 5.1 surround
"Church Without a Ceiling" is a project about church closings, and how financial trouble is causing different churches to share spaces together.
In The Netherlands up to a thousand church buildings are to be closed or sold by the year 2025. For many, especially in rural areas, this means an abrupt and emotional end to the tradition of gathering together. In the meanwhile, smaller church communities have been in steady rise, especially in The Hague area, founded by people originally from outside of the Netherlands. After strong initial resistance, they were recognized as important factors in helping newcomers integrate more swiftly into the Dutch society.
These small parishes don't, however, have proper spaces to gather in.
Special thanks to
New Covenant Church of God, Schiedam
Youth Dominion Church, The Hague, and
Acts Revival Church International, The Hague
The Hague Lutheran Church:
Nigel Lamb & Iddo van der Giessen
Mirjam Zweers / Het Nutshuis
Guus Rijven / KABK
Dennis Postma / Het Nutshuis
Robin de Jong / STEK Den Haag
Janine Koppers / PEP Den Haag
Special thanks to my new little friends Timo and Aino for their bravery.
Joppe Put, and
Francina van Riel
Jay Jayson, and
Esther de Niet
Scenographer and costumer: Marta Sieczak
Models: Pawel Androsiuk
and Agnieszka Findysz
Special thanks: Anna Zawadzka and Adventure Warsaw / Muzeum PRL for the locations, and Marta Kowalska for the additional research help.
Photographed in Praga, Warsaw, Poland.
I’m fascinated by conflicts due to my personal history. When I pick up undercurrents of aggression, fear and the ego around me, I strive to redirect them with a touch of humor. I believe there’s an underlying simplicity in misunderstandings often found in relationships, and would like to see my work as a mediator between human issues.
02 — 08/2015
Concept Artist at Studio Roosegaarde
Full-time mobile UI & web designer at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
Freelance graphic designer & photographer