Joakim Udd: Välittäjä

Välittäjä contemplates humans as a means of representing technology. In the piece, narrow beams of light follow a path created by the work's arms and draw out a shape on an illuminated surface.

Välittäjä (translation: Mediator) is a semi-mechanical composition, consisting of arms, joints, buggies, chains, and the motor that moves them. At the end of the arms, narrow beams of light follow the path created and draw out a glowing shape. The work contemplates humans as a means of representing technology. Technology extracts a wish and brings out a form of itself.

Which kind of light sources and what other materials and equipment are used?
Single diode lasers, electric motor, chains, sprockets, steel, canvas, fluorescent paint.

Please provide the dimensions of the work. Approximate size will do. Please mention if the work can be adjusted. (width-height-depth):
Mechanical part 120cm x 80cm x 250cm. Canvas 250cm x 250cm. The distance between the canvas and the mechanical part can be adjusted.

Electricity consumption:
1 x 16A 3-phase, 1 x 10A 3-phase.

Does the artwork use sound?
No sound.

Support and other structures:
The work needs support structures, hanging points, or similar for the canvas. Structures can be provided with the artwork, depending on the exhibition space.

Please state which structures, hardware or other equipment is needed from the client:
Hanging point for canvas in the space. The piece can also be modified to a overhead installation when mounted to a truss.

Minimum height of the space:
300 cm

Minimum square meters of the space:
30 m2

Requirements for the space: darkness, temperature, colouring (light / dark / specific colour / other) etc.:
Very dark preferred. Lighting with a single dimmable spotlight on the mechanical part. Haze preferred in the exhibition space. Light can be provided with the artwork, depending on the exhibition space.

Building time and people required (estimate):
1 day, assisting technician for build up.

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

Seen before at:
Lux In 2023 - Helsinki, Flow Festival 2023 - Helsinki, Reflektor 2023 - Vantaa


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