Vappu Rossi: Generatio spontanea

The poetic animation shows an evolving shadow of a tree sapling.

Rossi’s poetic media artwork combines time lapse and stop motion animation. The work begins with light casting from a window, which shows shadows on a wall. As the sun rises, we see a shadow of a small tree sapling, magically growing as the day passes and the light travels. Instead of flowers, small birds emerge from flower buds. We see the passage of light during the day, from dusk till dawn. 

The theme of the work is the arc of life: a day begins, a day ends, and something small but miraculous might happen in between. The name of the artwork refers to an outdated scientific theory, that held that living creatures could arise from non-living matter.  

An installation version and a screening version are available. The installation version is shown as a seamless loop. Best way to present the artwork is to project the installation version on a wall, in a way that the projection looks like natural light as much as possible. 

Light sources, materials and equipment used:
Video projector, sound monitors (stereo), media player.

Dimensions of the work. Approximate size will do. Please mention if the work can be adjusted. (width-height-depth):
Mp4: 204,4 Mt. Prores 422: 15,9Gt.

Electricity consumption:

Does the artwork use sound?
Ambient sound.

Support and other structures:

Structures, hardware or other equipment needed from the client:
Video projector, sound monitors (stereo), media player. Can also be shown in a monitor or a screen, but projecting often the best choice.

Minimum height of the space:

Minimum square meters of the space:

Requirements for the space: darkness, temperature, colouring (light / dark / specific colour / other) etc.:
White or light coloured walls. Has to be relatively dark for projection.

Building time and people required (estimate):
If projected, 1–2 people, 3h.

Artist's presence:
Guidance can be provided for building.

Seen before at:
Vappu Rossi: In such a small town, even that is enough for a miracle. Gallery Halmetoja, Helsinki, 2024


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