In light of current events
Sand blasted glass channels, led lights, ambient light and color sensors, data control units, translucent foil on facade glass
Upsala Akademiska Sjukhuset, Sweden
In co-operation with
Building architect White Arkitekter AB
Electric design Gregoire Rousseau
Programming Eetu Huhtala
Commissioner Eva Rosengren / Region Uppsala
Invitational competition curator Lotta Mossum, competition winner 2014.
Photo bottom 2 © Skaparkraft Film Production
The work forms a space between two light emitting walls, one with the outside light and the other with the translation of it.
The installation includes color and ambient light sensors which collect data of the light conditions on the outside surrounding. The constant data flow is transferred to the light emitting curved wall inside the room. The room, which is a volume above the entrance of the building with room-in-a-room architecture, is enveloped with a glass facade. The glasses are covered with a translucent foil that cuts away the view and only filters through the light. The landscape is eliminated of viewing and the blurred vision with exact record of the light tones is rematerialized on the illumination wall through the direct contact with the tactile sensor on the skin of the building - the emphasis in the room thus shifted to sensing and embodied contact over vision.
In relation to its location around the auditorium hall which is dedicated for medical science and education, the work suggests constant attuning with the more-than-human information and temporalities that exceed the human scales. The work is a landmark for the new hospital entrance situated by the historical street Dag Hammarskjölds väg and it gives a little nod to the old operation theater at the end of it.
Poetically the piece offers a hopeful thought: in light of current events the things are a certain way, but in an instant things can change.