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shush

2011.06.14 | art, finland, helsinki, photo | no coments »

shush helsinki, june 12th 2011. jätkäsaari, helsinki. information about the event is here.

tracks

2010.09.26 | art, randomness | 3 comments »

tracks

a photo series by photographer will amlot called “tracks” that i found and lost and just found again – from a magazine called “the space between” that a friend put out a few years back.

a quote by the photographer from the article:

“a track is a place where people have put their mark on the landscape – where people have trodden. it could be a vanishing pathway in the sand, or a trail work by pilgrims over centuries”

“i’m a professional photographer, and i produce a lot of digital work very quickly. this project is the antithesis to that. it takes weeks to set up the shoot – to recce the place, to choose a patway, and to wait for the right light

kiasma

2005.04.24 | art, helsinki | no coments »

after spending some time at the pixelache festival, we walked around kiasma for a while. as per usual so many good things going on there. highlights were some pictures of ireland and other places by finnish photographer heli rekula (one of the pictures/video instillations was of an island off the coast of ireland that i only knew by its english name (the great blasket island) but in this piece it was labelled using its original irish name “an blascaod mór” so it took me a few seconds to decipher it).

other interesting pieces where some photos by finnish artist miklos gaál. i had seen some of them before in a magazine we got in college from the finnish paper maker amerpap. the photos are for the most part out of focus, but have a streak running through them that is in focus. these in focus parts give an optical illusion of everything being in minature, its a really nice effect and something that is hard to describe. there are two examples on this page (the top one being heitaranta (a beach) and the bottom pic is of a protest march, both being taken in helsinki city centre)

next up came my favourite. the piece was called “kylä” (village) and it is by the finnish artist jaakko niemelä. it has a disc of about 1metre diameter rotating. on this disc is a small town made out of wire to give a wireframe look. a light shined upon the rotating village and the shadow created (in the picture below) was such a simple yet incredibly effective piece, i sat there staring at it for ages as it spun around and around and around. i want it 🙂

after this a piece by the finnish artist ilkka halso caught my eye, but it wasnt until yesterday when i was reading an article about him in fin magazine (more about this soon) that i realised that it was all computer generated. the image called “theatre 1” had a computer generated auditorium, but the stage was a waterfall. when i saw it in kiasma i thought it was some fancy new japanese theatre, but it was all an illusion. the series is on his website you can download a pdf of the series or just look at the images. some really fantastic ideas and effects on there.

update: some of exhibits end today (24th of april) so hurry if its today and you are in helsinki.

pixelache

2005.04.24 | art, helsinki | 1 comment »

we went to a few of the performances at the pixelache 2005 festival last weekend that was held (mostly) in kiasma. i went to a talk on wikipedia in the morning that was mildly interesting, it was pretty early so i think everyone was still a bit sleepy. in the afternoon we saw two performances in the main auditorium.


the first (pictured above) was called “a day on earth – what time is it?”, two screens tell of two people, one in japan (yasuko tadokoro) and one in montreal (thien vu dang), music was provided by christelle franca and patrick watson. the two scenes on screen showed the days of the two people, doing the same thing at the same time, showers, cycling, walking around and so on. a really nice performance.

the next performance was an odd one. called “iis:006” by rybn/eol, it used visual, aural and olfactory senses. it consisted of a lot of photos of (i think) paris using long exposure, then depending on what was on screen various odours were released to give a more real sense of what was going on. the music used was pretty intense for most of the piece. all in all it worked pretty okay, it was a bit too long, too loud and my clothes did smell too much after it all but it did leave much more of an impact than the first piece earlier did. some of the effects used in the long exposure images was incredibly effective and if i didnt loose my camera a few weeks back i would be out taking similar pictures but alas i cant. the odours released were for the most part slightly overpowering and almost distracting, at only one point did it work perfectly : a scene that had several photos of a desk with a bunch of flowers followed a few seconds later the smell of flowers wafted through the theatre. fantastic stuff.