Tonic Light (2017) by Raisa Kilpeläinen is an installation, which the viewer may have a sip of. Ultraviolet light transforms the tonic water glowing and makes it possible to drink the light. In the piece Tonic Light well known materials are shown up in a new way based on the essence of light.
Tonic Light installation consists of tonic drink, glowing drinking glasses and tableware lit by UV light. Alongside drinks there can be a multi sensory glowing goo to mold and squeeze. Maybe some light can also be sprayed right into the visitors mouths or in the air?
The piece has a mission to vitalize the experiencer. It makes a speculative drinking of light possible. Also the hands on modelling of light materia is possible with the glowing side sludge. The main materials are UV light and quinine in different dispersions. The artistic aspiration of the piece is to multisensorise one’s experience of light.
Material of the artwork
Groceries, UV light, tableware, non-alcoholic tonic water.
Dimensions of the artwork:
Requirements for the space:
Darkness/dimmed lights (so that the UV can work)
Standard mains current (10A/16A)
Support and other structures:
The artwork needs a table or a similar board, with a black table cloth
UV-light (for example two UV-tubes) are needed
A fridge is useful to have nearby.
Minimum height of the space:
Normal standing height of a person, approx. minimum 2m.
Minimum square meters of the space:
3 m2 plus room for audience
Building time and people required (estimate):
1-2 h, 1 person
Artist or their representative would love to be present during building, but guidance can be provided, too.
A host, a guide or the artist is taking care of the piece and facilitating it during the exhibition
The table and the servings need to be facilitated during the exhibition times.
Seen before in:
FLASH1 Light Art Biennale in Helsinki, Finland