Jere Suontausta & Antti Hevosmaa: Musta olemus (Black Essence)

Kinetic artwork: contrasts of static & still, light & shadow.

Musta olemus (Black Essence) dances self-sufficiently in aerospace. Its hypnotic movement impacts the viewer’s perception of passing time and pauses a restless mind. The work studies the connection and contrast of static and dynamic material. The movements of the artwork are rooted in choreographic ideas, however, the free will of the material as well as the layered randomization in the programming render the work as an organic-like, quietly looming being

Light sources, materials and equipment used:
Acrylic, wire, two focused halogen light sources, motor.

Approximate dimensions of the work, (width-height-depth):
Dimensions of the acrylic sculpture: 900x900x3 millimeter. The spatial realization of the work (lights and shadows) can be adjusted/scaled.

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.

Structures, hardware, or other equipment needed from the client:
"Musta olemus" needs rigging points (pipe, trussing etc.) to hang the artwork. The rigging can be self standing or dead hung.

Minimum height of the space:
2 meters

Minimum square meters of the space:
2 m2

Requirements for the space: darkness, temperature, colouring (light / dark / specific colour / other) etc.:
Generally, the darker the space is, the better. The piece doesn’t work in a bright room or in daylight - but due to the reflective material of the sculpture, ambient light or indirect light from other sources (i.e. other artworks in the same space) can produce interesting effect. The artwork is designed to work in environments both with and without theatrical haze.

Building time and people required (estimate):
3-6 hours/half a day - depending on how complicated and well designed the rigging solution is.

Artist's presence:
Guidance can be provided for building.

Seen before at:
Flow festival 2023 Helsinki, Reflektor 2023 Vantaa


BLAF Best of Light Art in Finland
is hosted by
Finnish Light Art Society FLASH

Producer: Annukka Ketola
+358 40 735 3972

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