Jere Suontausta: Mattermobile

A hypno-kinetic artwork that is experienced when lying down, 2019

A kinetic artwork that can be observed when lying down on a mattress, Mattermobile is a lo-fi poetic depiction of a grand cosmic motion and the seemingly never-ending circulation of matter. It draws from childhood memories of decorative mobiles and mixes these with the non-understandable scale and nature of the metaphysical flurry we are a tiny bit of, offering a moment to zone out from the mundanity of everyday life.

The motion, materials and dynamic lighting incorporated in the artwork have all been developed with trial-and-error based methods, carefully iterating until they started to live and interact just a bit beyond the control of the artist.

Mattermobile is an outcome of a combination two leading ideas: continuing the practice and thoughts from my previous kinetic artwork Space-time Continuum (2017) and the task to create a work related to the theme of hypnosis.

Which kind of light sources and what other materials and equipment are used?
The kinetic sculpture is made out of found and recycled materials, including a ceiling fan, sink sieves and BoPET film (Mylar). The dynamic lighting is executed with five PAR36 (Pinspot) fixtures.

Please provide the dimensions of the work. Approximate size will do. Please mention if the work can be adjusted. (width-height-depth):
Approx 350cm x 350cm ground area for the lights and mattress. Rigging height of the kinetic mobile approx. 250cm. Size varies depending on the technical execution, mostly the overhead rigging.

Requirements for the space: darkness, temperature, colouring (light / dark / specific colour / other) etc.:
Moderate darkness

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

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:
Support structure (pipes, stands, truss ) or other solution to rig the kinetic mobile part to approx. 250cm height. Mattress/fatboys or similar for the audience under the kinetic mobile part.

Does the artwork use sound?
Acoustical sound of the materials - some quiet sounds of the small metallic parts beating to each other plus a flappy sound of the Mylar fabric.

Minimum height of the space:

Minimum square meters of the space:

Building time and people required (estimate):
1 day. A technician needed for the rigging.

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

Seen before at:
Light Station Pori, Pori, 2019


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