Tasku Galeria, Helsinki
Wood and concrete plinths, Acer mini projectors, video loops
This is a piece of work I completed while on an exchange to Helsinki, Finland. I began my art research in the city with a refreshing clean slate. I wrote this quote boldly in one of the first pages of my new notebook;
‘The task is not to see what has never been seen before,
but to think what has never been thought before about what you see everyday.’ -Erwin Schrodinger
For months I looked around Helsinki, exploring its suburbs and analyzing how the Finnish culture had manifested itself in its architecture and built environment.
What resulted was an installation in which I set up multiple overlapping projections of footage I had filmed from buses, interlaced with footage of a demolition I observed and footage from some abandoned houses I had found.
I wanted to layer the contrasting materialities of these buildings and was reflecting on people’s attitudes and fascination with degradation and lost architecture.
The installation aspect was a break through for me in that it was the first time I had successfully used the projection as a material object rather than just a mode of viewing a film.