Saana Volanen: certain light

A small kinetic artwork with a light and lenses, 2023

No thoughts can reach the light, that distant light, which however reaches me.

A light shines through different lenses and moves on their surfaces. The lenses refract, shape and direct light so that its nature changes. The work was born out of an interest in cosmic scales and optics, which have made it possible to observe and record the space.

Which kind of light sources and what other materials and equipment are used?
The artwork consists of glass lenses, a small halogen light, a steel apparatus, a motor, pulleys, belts and a wooden pedestal.

Please provide the dimensions of the work. Approximate size will do. Please mention if the work can be adjusted. (width-height-depth):
600mm x 1060mm x 1500mm

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

Does the artwork use sound?
No sound.

Minimum height of the space:

Minimum square meters of the space:

Requirements for the space: darkness, temperature, colouring (light / dark / specific colour / other) etc.:
The artwork needs a dark or dim space.

Building time and people required (estimate):
The artist needs to work on site at least for 2 days.

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

Seen before at:
Lux In exhibition, as a part of Lux Helsinki, 2023.


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

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