Alexander Salvesen: So Where Do We Cut Next?

Artwork is a 5 channel analog projection inspired by humanitys relationship with nature.

I mourn the felled trees. Dried out and ploughed forests. Ditched swamps. Most of this destruction is utterly unnecessary. The violence against nature must end. Instead of more cutting we need more care, empathy, softness, love, and support for where it is needed. The record high logging rates have crushed carbon sinks, biodiversity, and the resilience of our ecosystems is in free fall. The Center Party, The National Coalition Party, The Christian Democrats, and The True Finns have systematically resisted the realisation of sufficient climate and biodiversity actions. I draw lines vertically and horizontally, my own tally marks on buildings. Time is running out.

So Where Do We Cut Next? Is a kinetic five channel analog projection and an ode to the disappearing Finnish forests. The artwork was commissioned for Lux Helsinki 2023.

Light sources, materials, and equipment used:
Pani Projectors.

Approximate dimensions of the work, (width-height-depth):
Work is site specific and remade and adjusted for the required space. (Re-painting and mapping work included). Artwork can be realised by a varied setup of Pani-projectors.

Electricity consumption:
Power current (specification).

Does the artwork use sound?
No sound.

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

Structures, hardware, or other equipment needed from the client:
The work needs projection containers (weatherproofing), also probably layher-scaffolds to raise the projectors to desired height.

Minimum height of the space:
Varied. Outdoors/Indoors.

Minimum square meters of the space:
Varied. Outdoors/Indoors.

Requirements for the space: darkness, temperature, colouring (light / dark / specific colour / other) etc.:
As dark as possible, street lights and the like must be turned of in the vicinity. Lights inside the building (if projected on glass surfaces) must be turned off and windows preferably covered with a projection suitable material.

Building time and people required (estimate):
Approximately a week. Artist + 2 technicians.

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

Seen before at:
Lux Helsinki 2023, Helsinki, 2023


BLAF Best of Light Art in Finland
is hosted by
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