CUT was developped as two individual projects by Salla Tykkä Europe/Europa) and Ilona Ruegg (Staccato), which are intertwined within the exhibition setting in the pavilion, based on the interest of both artist’s strong common interest in the processes of editing and montage, of rhythm and repetition within their artistic work. Where as Salla Tykkä worked on a filmproject, I was using the Pavilion as a given material.
Starting from the possibility of disassembling the pavilion which was conceived by Alvar Aalto, but then was lost,
I wanted to repeat this gesture and reproduce all the parts of the pavilion in order to use them in a detached manner and building with them another fragmented structure within the original pavilion – a building within a building. A space of representation is altered by being inhabited by itself, offering thus varied dimensions and multiple functions. The crossing of the two structures adds to the original Pavilion a kind of second nature in a state of decomposition, offering though places that could protect, shelter, refuge, abode and passage. In-between spaces are created, through which the pavilion and the doubled parts speak a new language, by means of a structured grammar, which engages both. As the parts are detached they can stray off course and realize unforeseen functions. The fragmented setting can be read in relation to the original pavilion as a whole, giving the visitor an inconsistent sense of déjà-vu. A state of in beween can be experienced: inside and outside are mingled. This creates a situation of radical proximity where sides are hard to distinguish, as we know it from our dreams or imagination. It may disrupt a continuous sense of space, on which we mostly count on. But then everything is constructed in an obvious and rational way, is countable, is what it is and acts just like a repetition. It is something that could be in fact calculated. – Moving in between these contradictions and differences I believe is where human experience originates and our sense of temporality is gained.
I am interested in those deviations, starting from the given and ending up not elsewhere but within the same. It can change everything I knew before and draw new possibilities in the present.
Opencall 2017, shortlisted 2018
Collaboration with Sandra Oehy, Kuratorin Zurich and Salla Tykkä, artist, Helsinki
Another project has been selcted for realisation in 2019