Jere Suontausta: Metempsychosis

Kinetic artwork: a lifetime of a light in a 60 second cycle.

Metempsychosis is a lo-fi kinetic light artwork consisting of a vintage pocket light, a dessert tray, and a simple motor. Built as-simple-as-possible sculpture with found materials, the artwork focuses around the slowly revolving and evolving travel of the directional light. During its 60 second cycle (a lifetime), the light shines both in the surrounding space and towards the viewer, while also working its way to functioning as an analog projection apparatus with reflections and shadows cast by the carefully placed objects. This kinetic cycle of the work represents the light itself progressing from one state to another, while also capturing a mind, a life, and a world to the duration of one minute – to be repeated again and again. 

Minuutin mittainen mieli / synnyn silmukan suo / Minuutti mittana maailman / syntyy silmukkain suo 

Which kind of light sources and what other materials and equipment are used?
Incandescent light, motor, found objects and materials.

Please provide the dimensions of the work. Approximate size will do. Please mention if the work can be adjusted. (width-height-depth):
Approx. 50cm x 120cm x 50cm. Height adjustable. The size of the projection of shadows and reflections will vary a bit depending on the dimensions of the space.

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

Does the artwork use sound?
No sound.

Support and other structures:
The work includes all the necessary structures.

Please state which structures, hardware or other equipment is needed from the client:
Regular schuko cable run to the base of the artwork.

Minimum height of the space:
200 cm

Minimum square meters of the space:
5 m2

Requirements for the space: darkness, temperature, colouring (light / dark / specific colour / other) etc.:
Darkness, at least moderate darkness. White or light-coloured wall or other surface behind the artwork as a "projection surface".

Building time and people required (estimate):
2-3 hours, one person (either the artist or a person guided by the artist).

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

Seen before at:
Tinkering, Prague, 2017 & Varjotarinoita, Mikkeli, 2021


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

Producer: Annukka Ketola
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