I'm an artist living and working in Helsinki, Finland. I work with video, sound, photography, text and matter. My works are usually spatial installations. An important part of my work is creating the content of the work together with people from different positions and backgrounds. My background is in the visual arts, in spring 2015 I graduated as Master of Arts from Aalto University, School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Finland, but at the moment I mainly work with sound and installation.
I'm interested in the relationship between sense of sight and other senses as well as translations between visual world and language.
I present here few of my recent works and one co–operational work created during a residency.
Sound of Darkness (2016)
The work Sound of Darkness was recorded at Kagekiyodo cave in Akiyoshidai Japan during an artist residency at Akiyoshidai International Art Village. The Akiyoshidai plateau was a coral reef an estimated 300 million years ago, and the karst topography that we see today is the result of the gradual dissolution of limestone by rain through the years. Underneath the Akiyoshidai plateau over 400 limestone caves can be found made by limestone dissolving away in the ground water. In the caves complete darkness can be found and the space can be perceived only through the sense of hearing.
The work Sound of Darkness was a co-operative project created with people living in Akiyoshidai. Based on the experience in the dark cave improvised soundscape was made by using sound and japanese onomatopoeic words. The soundscape was recorded with binaural microphones while walking in the cave to create a spatial experience. The result of the project was presented in an exhibition at AIAV in completely dark room with headphones, giving the viewer an experience how a space can be perceived without the sense of sight. In addition to the sound work, there was also a video Inside Darkness, shot with night vision camera, a lightbox presenting the location of the cave and helmets borrowed from the cave, presented in the exhibition.
(A) Life (2015)
(A) Life is an installation consisting of images, text, video and sound telling a story of a person. Rather than a coherent narrative, it is a group of fragmental speculations and interpretations. The basis of the installation are one man’s photo albums. Since he had no rememberers after death, they are the only tangible thing left of his life.
Based on these three albums, six persons working in various fields made their interpretations. (A) Life includes contributions from Finnish authors Anna Kortelainen and Maria Peura, private detectives Pentti Lintunen and Susan Aerts-Lintunen, poet Kasper Salonen, and doctor of medicine Amos Pasternack. Furthermore the photos that are excerpted from the albums reconstructs their own story.
In addition to interpretations there is another narrative present in the space, elaborating the artistic process via text Prologue and video Epilogue. The work was exhibited in Photographic Gallery Hippolyte in Helsinki, Finland and Photo Centre Peri in Turku, Finland in spring 2015.
Local Lights (2016)
Local Lights is a co-operative work made by Mari Mäkiö and Tamás Szvet during the Akiyoshidai International Art Village Artist in residence program in 2016.
In the installation the visitors most memorable places in Yamaguchi Prefecture were collected. After writing down the coordinates, infra red (IR) lights are placed under the map of Akiyoshidai. The IR lights are not visible with human eye, but by using mobile phone camera the content becomes visible. In this way an invisible map of memories is created by the participants.