Imminence (installation)

Petteri Nisunen, Tommi Grönlund, Ivana Franke

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Abstract

Based on their earlier exhibitions in Zagreb, Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Rijeka invited the artists to residence to work collaboratevily with Croatian artist Ivana Franke to Rijeka as part of Rijeka 2020 European Capital of Cultureprogram. The result of this collaboration was two large scale installations, one indoors and another one outdoors. Both works remain installed at their sites until end of 2020.Imminence is a site-specific installation made especially for unused storage space of MMSU. Water coming from a tab flows very slowly through a 249 meters long glass tube hanging from the ceiling.Thetube wriggles its way through several rooms, and the slowly flowing water drips to the floor in last room. The long glass tube is made of 166 pcs of 1,5 m long parts, joined by plastic elbow connectors into a three-dimensional structure in x,y,z grid. The shiny fragile material and geometrical form of the work contradict with the decayed interior of the space.One starting point of the work is the underground canal passing by the exhibition space, and sometimes flooding inside it. Another, more conceptual starting point is our growing awareness of the fact that due to climate change an infrastructure delivering fresh drinking water is getting a rarity, which is available only in certain areas. Besides this dystopian progress, the title simply refers to the inevitability in which a visitor entering the space and seeing the work instinctively knows what is about to happen in the other end. The soundscape of the space is a mix of sound of water dripping on the floor and low sine wave tone coming from a hidden sound system. It intensifies the expectant feeling, a knowledge that something, not necessarily pleasant, is bound to happen.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationRijeka
Publication statusPublished - 11 Oct 2019
MoE publication typeF2 Public partial realisation of a work of art

Field of art

  • Contemporary art

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