Alexander Salvesen: Indian Summer

Is it possible to create summer in the middle of the winter, and is it allowed to do so, 2019

Indian Summer (Intiaanikesä in Finnish) asks if it's possible to create summer in the middle of the winter, and is it allowed to do so. The summer of 2018 saw unprecedented heat waves across the globe. Our ridiculous use of resources and energy for superfluous things and the still ongoing denialism whether the climate crisis is real or not has acted as a spark for the installation. The work also comments on our need for light and warmth in the middle of the cold and dark winters in the North. In the end of the day, what is enough? and how much do we really need? Since the work was realised in 2019 not much progress has been made. The earth is still warming even faster than before, and new heat records happen every year.

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

Requirements for the space: darkness, temperature, colouring (light / dark / specific colour / other) etc:
Outdoor, even ground, trash light preferably turned off

Electricity consumption:
Power current (specification), The work uses approx 90kW of energy at peak consumption.

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:
Truss and rigging structures, lighting fixtures, cables, lighting control (GMA2, E:Que or sim.), Wooden roof structure

Does the artwork use sound:
No sound.

Minimum height of the space:

Minimum square meters of the space:

Building time and people required (estimate):
2 days 4 persons + artist, + 1 day programming.

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

Which kind of light sources and what other materials and equipment are used?
Halogen theatrical lights, Fresnell 500-5000W, Par64, Truss support, fake grass lawn


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