Installation with: Children paintings, sound, light and video.
Platon’s cave inverted
In the autumn of 1999 I recorded the sound from a grasshopper in the countryside of Malmö. The sound appealed to me in the various meanings of manipulation of the nature, artificial or natural. Then some weeks after I contacted a day nursery because I wanted to have the children’s paintings as an opposite element to the low pressure sodium light. This sodium light produces a special phenomena in that it only has a peak in the spectrum of 589.0nm – 589.6nm producing a monochrome environment. The strobes acted as a link between the paintings, light and the sound in that it shows the colours of the paintings when the strobes are active in the space. I wanted to keep the age of the children quite low as an indexical element of their positive interests in colour and composition. The setup is arranged so that a layered inner room exists within the space.
Schematically the installation is a layered structure:
1) Audio recordings of grasshoppers
2) Colour paintings and participation of Target group (children or other group)
3) Low pressure sodium lights (could also be visible outside the gallery at night as well)
4) Strobes activating the space and the linkage between the elements
5) Interaction with audience during the exhibit (moving in the space, setting the flashes on with motion detectors)
6) Information about the procedure of the piece with documentation video connected to installation
The children’s paintings and performance – video documentation
This movie shows a small discussion we had with the children before they went up to the space and started create different kinds of insects and grasshoppers. This was to assure that everyone of them understood their part in the process for the final piece. We talked about why I came up with this idea on grasshoppers and their special sound they make. We noticed that not everyone hear the sound from them and we also listened to the sound for remembering the high frequency and for grasping personal memories.
In addition to the installation a video was showing our discussion we had with the children and their participation and paintings.
Images from the preparation where the children paints in the installation slide show >>>>>>
photos by Anna Lindén, Västerås Konstmuseum
text available at the installation (Swe) pdf >>>>>>>>>
Hammarbyskolan, Students and Teachers