Analemma I is a audiovisual sculpture by Alexander Salvesen and sound artist Walter Sallinen investigating human connections to each other and ourselves through the mediums of light and sound. How do we meet the unknown? What do we see in front of us when we only see a familiar/unfamiliar pair of eyes? And what if the eyes we see are our own? Analemma I is realised as an small gallery sized installation where the experiencers are welcome to peek into a small box that hides the installation inside. The form and inspiration for the piece comes from the movement of the sun on the sky during 1 year, called an analemma. In today’s 24/7 information technology societies we often forget how to stop and reflect on our place. The piece wants to offer a place for just this, with the possibility of actually meeting another person and just look them in the eyes.
Analemma I is the first piece in a planned series by Salvesen and Sallinen.
The piece is exhibited from June 25 until October 15 in Helsinki City Observatory Museum.
The work was accompanied by a poem by Finnish-swedish poet Carolus Rein.
“Så förstummat –
vänder landskapet åter till den talandes smärta.
Än gives det källor
av dunkelblå ljuvhet,
av höjdros i sammetsblått.
Men själens blomster
är utan gräns.”
Carolus Rein, 1978