Niko Tiainen: Translucens

A holographic projection onto a water curtain, installed by a still or moving body of water.

Translucens is holographic projection onto a water curtain. The projected video was made by using coded procedural visuals, which were later recorded and edited to a 7-minute-56-second-long video. The work is installed by a still or moving body of water, such as a pool, pond, lake, river, or the sea.  

Tiainen usually begins his working process from a single word, sentence, or conceptual idea and forms something tangible using free form association and sketching. The Latin-originated word translucent refers to a transparent material – something see-through but also substantial.  Translucens converses with theoretical mathematical structures, like the tesseract, with very light and concrete biological forms, such as water. The narrative of the artwork uses non-linear storytelling by combining together different visuals creating a Kuleshov effect where the audience constructs the actual storyline in their mind. This technique creates a storyline resembling the structure of a REM-dream. 

Many of Tiainen’s ideas for new media installations are derived from his back background in classical music, especially improvised piano and composing. Translucens has the structure of an impromptu, which is a composition based on improvised musical materials or sketches that has later been composed to a musical opus. In sound design Tiainen used several different granular synth and drone sounds. With these he created a contrasting soundscape, which builds up a mild unreleased tension. A low dominant tone strengthens the effect throughout the whole piece. 

Translucens leaves questions unanswered.  

Light sources, materials, and equipment:  
Projector, water screen.

Dimensions of the work, approximately (width-height-depth): 
Projection surface: approx. 12x5m, distance from projector: 10m minium. Artwork can be adjusted a bit.

Electricity consumption:
Power current (specification).

Does the artwork use sound?
Loud sound.

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

Structures, hardware, or other equipment needed from the client: 
32A power, dimming of the ambient lights, pool/pond/lake/river/sea.

Minimum height of the space:

Minimum square meters of the space:

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

Building time and people required (estimate):
8 hours, 2 persons.

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

Seen before at:
Porvoon Valot 2022, Oulu Lumo 2022, Visualia 2023 (Croatia), LUZMADRID 2023 (Spain)


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