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A work-in-progress: If You Could Walk In My Shoes is a 24-hour sound installation, in which the viewer vicariously lives through another person’s auditory experience. The anonymous person in a distant location is given a pair of small binaural in-ear microphones. The sonic environment of their day is transferred live to the installation headphones. Through the immersive binaural audio technology, the sound is being perceived by the viewer in a realistic, three-dimensional way. The documentation of the 24 hours will then loop indefinitely.

The work is inspired by texts on empathy by the finnish philosopher Elisa Aaltola and researcher Sami Keto.

If You Could Walk In My Shoes is being developed in New York and Jersey City during the year of 2019 as part of the year-long residency at Mana Contemporary.

Supported by: Arts Promotion Centre Finland, Finnish Cultural Foundation (travel grant), and Arts Management Helsinki.


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A work-in-progress: Some Things Become Clear Much Later… (working title)

In an evenly-lit gallery space there are several folding chairs, each pointing towards a 60-centimeter square installed three meters away. When a visitor sits on a chair, they hear a whisper that seems to be coming from an extreme proximity. The whisper is only heard by the person sitting; the surrounding visitors remain oblivious.

The piece explores hyperrealism in sound, the in-betweenness of the private and the public, and the emotions caused by proximity of sound such as empathy, desires and fetishes, longing for closeness, affection, and warmth. The anonymous whisper prompts the viewer to imagine an environment or a circumstance not present in the immediate surroundings of the gallery space.

The textual content will be developed and recorded in a site-specific manner through exploration and research, in which the gallery staff or other local collaborators may act an active role on. The goal is to activate each visitor to imagine the impossible through thoughts or questions that are presented in an unexpectedly private setting. The dramaturgy of the piece is determined by the decisions and actions of each visitor.

Some Things Become Clear Much Later… (working title) is being developed in New York and Jersey City during the year of 2019 as part of the year-long residency at Mana Contemporary.


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A work-in-progress: For the Passerby is a public artwork for Helsinki, Finland. We decided to combine an everyday object in the contemporary city environment (an advertising light sign) with the naval traffic signage techniques. The work will be installed in an underpass in Helsinki spring 2019 and will be perceived differently by each passerby, depending on the direction and speed of their movement.

For the Passerby is commissioned by Helsinki Art Museum – HAM.