Media Lab Helsinki


Guests of Honour

The theme of  the “Guests of Honour” installation is presence. The imported and interpreted characters quietly conquer the loft of The National Library of Finland as they float between the viewers and the godly occupants of the ceiling frescos.

The installation consists of seven screens onto which portraits of natives from explorer G. A. Wallin’s (1811–1852) adventures are reflected. “Guests of Honour” explores coincidence in figurative narrative. Seven movies with thirty characters edited in different rhythm and order surprisingly reflect the same character on several screens simultaneously often. The quiet installation respects the people who have posed for the portraits. It also pays homage to the fantastic interior of the library and to providence in our lives.

The installation was part of the National Library’s day of open doors 11.11.2011., co-produced by Crucible Studio and created by architect Jaakko Pesonen, Crucible Studio’s visiting artist.