Kaisu Koski

Not to scale at all
Local/global anesthetics II
Blood test

[Video art]




Not to scale at all [2014]
The animation explores medical students’ drawings of the female reproductive system, employing the anatomical drawings created by 63 first-year medical students in the Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry. It considers the drawings as part of a ritual of becoming a doctor, taboo-like topic related to sex, as well as self-portraits of the female students creating the images. Additionally, the animation rethinks the relationship between the data analysis and dissemination in arts-based research projects, by introducing a dialogic way to examine the drawing data.

Local/global anesthetics II [2009]
The video  illustrates the interaction between the body and synthetic medicine.

Blood test [2007]
Clinical thriller on the border of the body interior and exterior.

The Clinical Body

Kaisu Koski’s work explores the clinical aspect of the body – less in actual physical extension (prosthetics and the like), but rather in an intimate sense, exploring one’s personal notion of the body, with a clinical eye. This contradiction is beautifully expressed in the videos to be presented at Modern Body Festival.



Kaisu Koski is a Finnish artist and researcher, based in the Netherlands. She graduated from the Faculty of Art and Design in the University of Lapland and the Amsterdam School of the Arts, receiving training in media and performance art. In 2007 Kaisu, earned her doctoral degree by defending her dissertation on interactive performances in the University of Lapland. Her art practice is intertwined with academic research, focusing on the dialogue between art and medicine, and the methodology of arts-based research. Between 2011-2013 she conducted a postdoctoral research project, funded by the Academy of Finland, in cooperation with Leiden University. This project explored the various representations of the body in medical education. Kaisu is currently affiliated with the HKU University of the Arts Utrecht.

Chaja Hertog & Nir Nadler

Nation for Two

[Short film]


Photo by www.stunt.co.il


2K stop-motion-animation & Film
Duration : 15:15
France, Spain, Israel, the Netherlands

A man and a woman dig their underground way towards each other from two remote locations in the world, whilst leaving physical threads wherever they pass. The wandering quest travels through a wide collage of landscapes in nature, war zones, cities and industrial areas.
‘Nation for Two’ portrays in a surreal manner the idea that love knows neither nationality nor geographical boundaries. Under the ground there are neither borders nor entry permit required, under the ground the body becomes part of the landscape and the landscape is a body of desires.

The Inseparable/Separable Body

Chaja Hertog and Nir Nadler are an artist duo as well as married couple, and together they have created an intimate and beautiful body of work around the otherness of another body. We are, after all, social animals who seek companionship and community. However, no matter how hard we try, we are ultimately always separate bodies, separate entities. Hertog and Nadler explore this principle of inseparable separateness and the search for intimacy with the other in a variety of pieces ranging from performance, still images and video.


Chaja Hertog (1978) and Nir Nadler (1977) are a Dutch-Israeli artist-duo based in Amsterdam. Their collaborative work spans the spectrum time-based disciplines from performance and spatial installation, to photography and film. The departure point for most of their work is the body, with its physicality, its violence, its intimacy, its identity, and the changes it undergoes through the passage of time. Abstract in terms of storytelling and expressive in terms of imagery, the duo’s work takes on a journey into imaginary worlds while challenging their audience’s perception of what is seen and imagined.
After both graduated from the the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in 2006, Hertog then received her M.F.A in 2011 from the ArtScience department at Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague, whereas Nadler graduated in 2012 from DasArts, Master of Theater, in Amsterdam. Apart from their partnership in art practice, Hertog and Nadler are also partners in life.