Preesens / Presenceness

When you think of photography as a series of events, it repeats - despite technologies and materials involved - a process where observed light is translated and stored from one material and language to another. I call this event the photographic gesture. In the recording process, the information contained in light is transferred from one carrier to another. When the photosensitive platform is exposed to light, the light leaves behind an imprint indicating it essence at the time of exposure. This imprint can then be stored for example as a positive image or a digital file.

With the help of installations at Titanik gallery, it is possible to follow the information of light transformed into plant biomass and soundscape. In contrast to conventional photography where the moment of exposure differs from the actual moment of viewing, these installations work in real time. They receive light and translate its information into a new form in the present moment of viewing. The product of this photographic gesture is not a photograph in its traditional sense but rather a processual analogy of the gesture.

The installation piece Vernal / Kevätvalo turns the irradiance of sunlight into soundscape. Transmitters are attached to large-scale glass plates transforming them into speakers. A light sensor connected to a sound source is placed outside of the gallery. It observes the changes in sunlight, transmitting the signal back to the sound source, which then creates sounds based on the intensity of the light signal. This way the sunlight defines what kind of sound resonates from the glasses. In the evening, when the sun goes down, UV lights will light up above the installation, revealing something that cannot be seen during daylight. Vernal / Kevätvalo is a collaboration with a sound artist Eero Pulkkinen.

Paintings on the wall are Blissymbolics. It is a semantic graphic language that was created by Charles K. Bliss while a refugee at the Shanghai Ghetto and Sydney, from 1942 to 1949. He wanted to create an easy-to-learn international auxiliary language to allow communication between different linguistic communities. Today Bliss-language is widely used by means of communication for nonspeaking persons or for persons with limited literacy skills.

In Matter of Light the biomass represents the photosensitive surface of the photographic process. By exposing pea sprouts (Pisum sativum) to different kinds of light, it is possible to show how different wavelengths affect their growth. For example, blue wavelengths make the plant turn towards the light source, whereas red wavelengths affect the length of the sprouts and blooming. The information contained in the spectrum manifest in the shape and form of the plants.