JP Sipilä (1981, Helsinki, Finland) is a poet and video artist. Sipilä creates compositions that generate tranquil moving images in relation to poetic texts that leave traces and balances on the edge of recognition.


His poems appear as dreamlike fragments where the ”I” is never stable. By applying a poetic and often fragmented language, Sipilä creates emotional, meaningful poems regardless of if the works are written on paper, displayed on screen or composed within installations.


Sleight of Tree
This is a poem installation. I have no words left to explain this one. Swoon did, he said “It is beautiful, pure, and, as with every good book or record, it invites your return.”




Silent Scene
This fragmented filmpoem circulates around the themes of alienation. The sound are by Machifabriek and Samuli Sailo, and Roomet Jakapi.




You Knew It Already
This little filmpoem is based on one single idea. I made it before the COP15 for obvious reasons. Nothing changed…




+ more
And then there’s much more. Some of them are in Finnish.



2015 Oslo Poesifilm Festival, Oslo, Norway. 2014 Zebra Poetry Film Festival, Berlin, Germany. Visible Verse Festival, Vancouver, Canada. Runomaraton, Lahti, Finland. 2013 Liberated Words, Bristol Poetry Festival, Arnolfine, Bristol, United Kingdom. Koevoimala, Voimalamuseo, Helsinki, Finland. Sudenolento (exhibition), XL Art Space, Helsinki, Finland. 2012 Oslo Poesifilm Festival, Oslo, Norway. Varsinais-Suomen runoviikko, Kirjakahvila, Turku, Finland. Poesian syysjuhlat, Fluid Gallery, Helsinki, Finland. Videopoetry session, McNally Jackson Bookstore, New York, USA. Text Art exhibition, TR1 Kunsthallen, Tampere, Finland. 2011 Hidas-klubi #3, Tampere, Finland. Tampereen runoviikko, Tampere, Finland. Kiila-klubi, Helsinki, Finland. Live Herring ’11, Teksti, ääni, teknologia exibition, Jyväskylä art museum, Jyväskylä, Finland. 2010 Scifi-runoklubi, Turku, Finland. Helsinki Poetry Jam, Helsinki, Finland. Zebra Poetry Film Festival, Berlin, Germany. Uuden runon festivaali, Jyväskylä, Finland. Karkkipäivä-klubi, Turku, Finland. You Are In Control Showcase Festival, Reykjavik, Iceland. Fluxee-klubi, Turku, Finland. Glorian Yö, Helsinki, Finland. Texas, sakset exhibition, Helsinki, Finland. Yön runoa, Kirjan talo, Turku, Finland. Runon yö, Tampere talo, Tampere, Finland. Enfrentar, El Pochote, Oaxaca, México. Lá Bas-biennaali, Kiasma, Helsinki, Finland. Uuden runon ilta, Keski-Suomen Kirjailijatalo, Jyväskylä, Finland. iotaSalon, UCLA Desing / Media Art Department, California, United States. Varsinais-Suomen runoviikko -klubi, Hunter’s Inn, Turku, Finland. 2009 DAC’09, University of California Irvine (UCI), California, Unites States. Ventyliator Festival, St. Petersburg, Russia. Karkkipäivä-klubi, Helsinki, Finland. See The Voice Visible Verse 2009 Festival, Vancouver, Canada. Varsinais-Suomen runoviikko, Turku, Finland. Kulttuuriklubi, TVO, Turku, Finland. Karkkipäivä-klubi, MONK, Turku, Finland. World Videopoetry, Turun kirjamessut, Turku, Finland. London Poetry Systems, The Pit, London, England. Poetiikkakonferenssi, Kiasma, Helsinki, Finland.  Runoa! Turun ylioppislasteatterissa, Turku, Finland. Vispo Workshop, Saaren kartano, Mietoinen, Finland.  LOOP-festival, Barcelona, Spain. BIPVAL-biennal (final), Paris, France. Poikki! -taiteellinen kirjallisuustapahtuma, Helsinki, Finland. Videorunoa!, Lahden kirjamessut, Lahti, Finland. 2008 Futurismin kaikuja, Moscow, Russia. See The Voice Visible Verse 2008 Festival, Vancouver, Canada. Varsinais-Suomen runoviikko, Turku, Finland. VideoBardo biennal, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Videoteca, Montevideo, Uruguay. 2007 Digitaalisen runouden lauantai, Helsinki, Finland.

“And it may in fact mean
something after all.”