Selkonen is a new series of works that I initiated in the summer of 2017. Part of the series is a number of prints. The prints are based on video shot in the area around Taivalkoski, in Northeastern Finland.
The Taivalkoski-area is famous for locations of the literary worlds evoked by late author Kalle Päätalo. The Selkonen-series is inspired by the way imaginary and fictional worlds are entangled with concrete geographical locations, and the images of the series consist of interweaved visual layers that have been transmuted using digital and analog techniques. Everything from light reflections to the limitations of various file formats have left media-specific traces and influenced the transmutation process, hereby making the interplay between enhancement and distortion intrinsic to the series. This is a technique that I started to explore with the work In Praise of Other Places.
Another part of Selkonen is a sound installation based on sounds captured in the same area as the video recordings. The captured sounds are composed and mixed in a fashion that resembles the transmutation process of the images in the series.
Selkonen will be my major contribution to a group exhibition in Köln, Germany in September 2017. The theme of the exhibition in Köln is identity and consciousness related to Finland’s 100 year anniversary. During my stay in Taivalkoski in the summer of 2017 I exhibited some early part of the Selkonen-concept in the wonderful space at the barn house attic of Jalavan kauppa. The two images are from the rough exhibition space. During the opening of the exhibition, I used the images to start collect stories about imaginaries from the visitors. This is part of my more extended probing of spatial imaginaries.