Veli-Ville Sivén: Place to be

An immersive installation combining light, smoke, and sound. The whole creates a composition in which the visitors are a key element.

Place to be is an installation combining light, smoke, and sound. In the space of an old department store, there is a breathing light condition where an oval-shaped light sculpture cuts through the room amid the smoke. A drone composition, heard in the space, wanders among the sounds of the structures and the creature-like light.  The whole creates a composition not only of light, sound, and space but also of the other visitors.  

The piece can be experienced either by moving through the space or sitting on benches. True to its name, Place to be is "a place to be", alone, together, in the upstairs of the old Anttila department store, and somewhere else. The work is always integrated into the space, absorbing its qualities and history, and in turn, the piece influences the space.   

The impact of the piece creates an immediate impression on the viewer, prompting them to explore the light, touch it, and position themselves in relation to it. The interaction of sound and light condenses the spatial experience into an almost spiritual encounter, where other lights in the space, such as exit signs, and sounds, like the noises from pipes, become natural components. The viewer explores themselves and places themselves in relation to the space, light, sound, and other visitors, creating their own aesthetic arrangements and narratives. 

Which kind of light sources and what other materials and equipment are used?
Videoprojector, haze, sound, architectural lighting.

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

Please provide the dimensions of the work for mailing / sending. Approximate size will do:

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

Does the artwork use sound?
Ambient sound.

Support and other structures:
See below.

Please state which structures, hardware or other equipment is needed from the client:
Rental equipment: projector, Projector holder 1,5m height, 3-6 SGM-6 LEDs, hazer, fan, Lumenradio, 4 x active speakers, 2 subwoofers, mixer, sound card.

Minimum height of the space:
3 m

Minimum square meters of the space:
20 m2

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

Building time and people required (estimate):

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

Seen before at:
SLÄSH -summer exhibition by Taike, Pori, 2024


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

Producer: Annukka Ketola
+358 40 735 3972

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