Ainu Palmu: Hope

Hope is a flutter in a wing beat. It is a projection work. 2022

Hope is a flutter in a wing beat. Do you know which are you, a dove or a pidgeon? Hope carries the emergency of decission; must act now!

I am a dove.
I am noble, I feel love.
I bring a message of peace.
I’m calm, chic even.
On special days, I and my fellow doves burst into the sky like a bright cloud.

Or am I a pigeon?
I’m grey and a bit daft, I coo.
I’m an urban hawk’s dinner, all that’s left is a pile of feathers on a rock.
But I don’t mind the thread that’s tightly wound around my foot, I just limp on.
I know not to fly into windows, they’re just reflections of the sky.
I build my nest on an illuminated shop sign, tucked inside the letter A.
When a dog approaches, we take to the skies, sharp and fast, together. We’re less worried about the kids.

Hope is a projection work. It changes in time and that is an important story-telling feature. Duration is 3min. It is scalable.

Which kind of light sources and what other materials and equipment are used?
Fast and easy installation (one day for set up):
-6 x clay paky moving heads
-MA2 control system -support system required for the site

Somewhat more complicated but entirely possible installation:
-min. 2 x moving heads or light fixtures, that each have min. 3 slots for gobos that are changable and can be rotated, have focus and zoom as well as dim and strobe possibilities with pan/tilt
-printing of the 6 gobos that are of required size for the selected lighting fixtures
-control system that can make (and run) a cuelist
-support system required for the site
-an extra (after set up) 8 hours of programming with a programmer and artist

Please provide the dimensions of the work. Approximate size will do. Please mention if the work can be adjusted (width-height-depth):
Scalable, it has been approximately: height 20m, width 15m, it needs distance to project which affects to the size and brightness.
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. Technics can be indoors for example, if the projection wall is on the other side and there is a window.
Please state which structures, hardware or other equipment is needed from the client:
Moving heads/light fittings, operating system, rigging or similar. Should be designed when the site is known.
Minimum height of the space:
Minimum square meters of the space:
Requirements for the space: darkness, temperature, colouring (light / dark / specific colour / other) etc.:
Dark is better. Even surface is better with light colour. Especially if people can get close to the image.
Building time and people required (estimate):
From 1 day with 2 technicians to 1 day with 6 technicians depending on the site. (+take down one day).
Artist's presence:
Artist or their representative must be present during building.
Seen before at:
Lux Helsinki, Helsinki, 2022, Ljus Arvika, Arvika, 2022


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