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Title:The Sensory Chamber (Version IV) , 2021
HD Single Channel Video
Sound composed by JG Thirlwell
The Sensory Chamber IV, 2021 is a site specific multichromatic projection, sound and a bed of sensory installation as part of Senstad's solo exhibition Radical Light at Seinajöki Kunsthall in Finland in 2021. The unique history of the buiding, a former military armory and warehouse built in in th 19th century witnessing the infamous winter war, occupations and the 2nd WW, bares the marks of history that the installation merges with. Today the multi complex cultural center Kalevan Navetta that houses Seinajöki Kunsthall, has been restored by Finnish Architect Teemu Hirvilammi, and balances the reconcilliation of a past history with its wounds, with contemporary art and nature.
The Sensory Chamber IV, June 16 - Sept 4, 2021.
Seinajöki Kunsthall, Finland
Curated by Sanna Karinmäki-Nuutinen, Aura Seikkula and Karin Laansoo.
The Sensory Chamber IV is the fourth version of the projection, salt, color and sound installation with the same title, yet with varying geographical considerations and locations, exhibition contexts and physical manifestations.
The Sensory Chamber IV is a transformative sensorial installation that includes 7 x 18.33 min video works travelling through chromatic and spherical particle formations, projected onto a bed of salt with a vast hypnotic sound composition by renowned composer JG Thirlwell.t.
The Sensory Chamber is a dialgoue between the cosmology of perception, the scientific realms of luminal velocity and other poetic interpretations of science, as well as with ELEMENTS, Senstad's monumental light sculpture installations, on the lyrical ephemerality of light, where light is defined by a topology of verticality and a horizontal matrix, a light monument.
Entering the physically enclosed chamber with a central bed of salt reflecting sparkles and monochromatic cellular transformations, the viewer is invited to experience the internal vastness as existing within our interior infitine spheres in our own body and mind, emphasizing the psychological realms and the dream space. The video compositions expand and contract, through elongated shapes and circular forms resembling human shape in dissolution and manifestation, as the glitch like particles dance between voids of nothingness and mass as noise and speckles in ascension, with a magnetized force. With this, the sound piece creates floating spatial sensations between the gravity of Thirlwells sonic universe and the moonlike materiality of salt, with light as the portal into the meditative infinite.
Photo credit: AKS Studio NY and Jenni Latva.