LINES (57° 59′ N, 7° 16’W)
Interactive site-specific light installation located @ Outer Hebrides
By use of sensors, the installation interacts with the rising tidal changes; activating on high tide. The work provides a visual reference of future sea level rise.
The installation explores the catastrophic impact of our relationship with nature and its long term effects. The work provokes a dialogue on how the rising sea levels will affect coastal areas, its inhabitants and land usage in the future.
This is specifically relevant in the low-lying island archipelago of Uist in the Outer Hebrides off the west coast of Scotland, and in particular to Taigh Chearsabhagh Museum & Arts Centre in Lochmaddy where the installation is situated. The centre cannot develop on its existing site due to predicted storm surge sea levels.
– Float switches/sensors
In his artistic practice, Timo Aho investigates our relationship to our surroundings within today's rapidly developing technological society and complex institutional structures. Through his work, Aho seeks to explore concepts and ideas within an unstable media-saturated world.
Aho’s multifaceted practice spans sculpture, intervention and installation, often combining light, modern low technology, traditional sculpture and ordinary materials. Aho has exhibited in group and solo exhibitions and presented public artworks in the UK and Finland. He has created installations and interventions in Norway, Denmark, The Netherlands and in the Venice Architecture Biennale, Scottish Pavilion's HappenStance -18. Aho lives and works in Helsinki.
Pekka Niittyvirta’s (b. 1974, Helsinki) work is often dealing with consequences of human actions, weather they are related with the society, technology, environment or the financial market. He mostly uses photography and video as a material in various ways to depict a situation or phenomena. Niittyvirta’s works do not necessarily rely on traditional imaging processes alone. Incorporating various digital, biological and chemical processes, they address such issues as the problems of technology and information society. Niittyvirta lives and works in Helsinki. In addition to his hometown he works with projects in various locations, ranging from Swedish Lapland to Eastern Africa and Mongolia. Niittyvirta has exhibited his work since 1999 in Finland and internationally in both solo and group shows.