Espoo Museum of Modern Art
Jonna Kina’s artwork deconstructs cinema with the shower scene in Hitchcock’s Psycho
Shot on 35 mm film, the five-minute work is a documentary portrait of two Foley artists recreating sound effects for the famous shower scene in Hitchcock’s Psycho (1960). The work investigates how sounds are produced for cinematic purposes and what happens when the conventions of film are deconstructed.
Jonna Kina’s Arr. for a Scene (2017) turns the cinematic situation upside down, using as its vehicle one of the most famous scenes in movie history. Instead of a tense murder scene, however, the viewer is presented with Foley artists Élodie Fiat and Gilles Marsalet at work recreating the sound effects. Using everyday objects such as a raincoat or watering can, they imitate the sounds of footsteps, a running shower and a door closing while looking straight into the camera. The inversion brings the viewer directly into the scene.