Ainu Palmu: Blue fire

Blue fire comes in and empties again. In the midst of the flicker is dark, which you will, in a moment, realize to be light again.

Cold void fills with light. 

Four different sizes of lights are focused to the same point on a wall. They fill the surface one inside another. The rhythm of light dimming and fading back in produces a seemingly dark area inside the light. This happens when the eye adapts to a brightness that is created from two light sources of which one is smaller and inside the other. The smaller goes down rapidly and the eye does not adapt to this change but sees that there is only darkness on the area where the smaller light was, even when the bigger light is still on. 

A fire-like flicker is born from the play of fading of the four overlapping lights. 

Which kind of light sources and what other materials and equipment are used?
4 pieces of dimmable light fixtures which have adjustable opening angle. A way to define colour for each of the fixtures (if it is a LED fixture, by controling the colour, if some other, by using filters) Control system for those four lights. Rigging and cabeling for them. Power consumption depends on the scale of the wanted outcome.

Please provide the dimensions of the work. Approximate size will do. Please mention if the work can be adjusted. (width-height-depth):
Can be adjusted.

Electricity consumption:
Standard mains current (10A/16A).

Does the artwork use sound?
No sound.

Support and other structures:
The work needs support structures, hanging points, or similar.

Please state which structures, hardware or other equipment is needed from the client:
The wall or surface on which the light will be presented. Hanging points for the four lights, cabling and a place (box) to hide the control.

Minimum height of the space:
Front projection: 200cm

Minimum square meters of the space:
8 (2m x 4m)

Requirements for the space: darkness, temperature, colouring (light / dark / specific colour / other) etc.:
The surface on which the work is projected, must be rid of other light. Ideally surface would be even and middle gray.

Building time and people required (estimate):
Building time 8 hours, 4 hours 2 technicians, 4 hours one operator.

Artist's presence:
Artist or their representative must be present during building.

Seen before at:
Will be presented in Hyvinkää Hillitön Valo -exhibition yr. 2023. Has been secretly seen elswhere before.


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