Tomasz Sekular: Seascapes

A playful reorientation and combination of light and video art engaging with the Seascapes-genre and screen space.

Seascapes (2023) juxtaposes elements of light, video, and painting to create a sensory and synaesthetic media-art installation within the gallery space. Ultrasonic humidifiers and PC fans are placed in a clear acrylic container and programmed to produce a rhythmic movement of colour, light, and water vapor, coalescing into a constantly evolving and shapeshifting landscape. This strange screen serves as the canvas for a volumetric projection inspired by the colour palette and compositions of J.M.W. Turner's paintings, where an experiential form of looking at painting emerges.  

The key ingredient of the work lies in the viewer's sensory experience and the dynamic interaction with the materiality of light and projection, sound, and colour, the image and its metamorphosis. The unrelenting dispersal, motion, and diffraction of photons, simultaneously constructing and deconstructing the image and pictorial space appearing ambiguously and periodically; a process of erasure and genesis that conveys the luminosity, texture, and fabric of light in projection yet allowing the rhythm, duration, and movement of projection to act upon experience via sight and sound.   

Seascapes stands out through its transformation from a two-dimensional projection into a three-dimensional landscape, achieved by the dynamic interplay of light, colour, and mist within the container. The conceptual pillars of the piece focus on creating a sublime and synaesthetic viewing experience tailored to the gallery context and on developing an exhibition concept that playfully engages the audience. Seascapes strives to create a liminal space in the gallery, where light is transformed into a vibrant entity, reinterpreting the genre of the seascape through all senses, merging the mediums of light and media art, music, and painting.  

In this work, a central goal for the artist is to explore the relationships between different art forms and to develop new modes of expression by playfully disrupting the notion of screen space. The soundscape of the work is crafted by sound artist and musician Willie Budsko. 

Which kind of light sources and what other materials and equipment are used?
Projection, Mist, Humidifiers, Pc-fans, Acrylic, Wooden enclosure, Speakers.

Please provide the dimensions of the work. Approximate size will do. Please mention if the work can be adjusted. (width-height-depth):
120 x 100 x 25 cm.

Please provide the dimensions of the work for mailing / sending. Approximate size will do:
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Electricity consumption:
Standard mains current (10A/16A).

Does the artwork use sound?
Loud 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:
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Minimum height of the space:
5 metres

Minimum square meters of the space:
50 m2

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

Building time and people required (estimate):
3-5 days, two people.

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

Seen before at:
Lux-in, Helsinki (2023) Hillitön Valo (Hyvinkää 2023), Arvika Ljus (2023)

CONTACT INFORMATION

BLAF Best of Light Art in Finland
is hosted by
Finnish Light Art Society FLASH
2877700-6
LightArtFi

Producer: Annukka Ketola
annukka.ketola@valotaiteenseura.fi
+358 40 735 3972

Curators:
Mia Kivinen / mia.kivinen@valotaiteenseura.fi
Anna Björklund / anna.bjorklund@valotaiteenseura.fi

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