Eetu Huhtala’s “Another” won the light art work competition at Tanssin talo's foyer
Kiinteistö Oy Kaapelitalo, Helsinki Dance House Association and Finnish Light Art Society FLASH invited Finnish artists and artists permanently living in Finland to take part in the competition to create a permanent light artwork at the Tanssint talos’s foyer, Event Square. The Dance House is located next to Cable Factory. Altogether 25 high-quality proposals were submitted for the competition.
Eetu Huhtala’s timeless and modifiable proposal “Another” was chosen as the winner of the competition. The jury chose Eetu Huhtala’s proposal “Another” as the winner of the light art competition.
Huhtala describes his interactive work as follows:
- The work conforms to the bare architecture of the Event Square and does not seek to change the nature of the space in any significant way. Instead, the aim is to quietly activate the space and bring bodily expression that is so characteristic of dance into the space. Watching dance is an audiovisual experience, but what makes it special is its inherent element of bodily experience. We look at someone else’s body and despite its differences it is fundamentally similar to our own.
The jury described the work “Other” as a timeless and transformable work of art, and its soft movement creates a sensitive and memorable light in the Event Square. The idea of the work is beguilingly simple giving priority to light and its interaction with the people in the space. The installation shows how art can be found in our simple everyday life. It can be compared to dance and its instrument of human body, which is transformed into art by the power of movement.
Eetu Huhtala will be awarded the main prize of the competition, 5,500 EUR.
Kasper Muttonen’s proposal ”Heavenly Dance - Blue Moment” was placed second in the competition and will be awarded a prize of 3,000 EUR.
Muttonen's work was found to be a beautiful and poetic peek from an industrial environment to another reality. The themes of the work deal with the concept of heaven and space, dream and reality.
The third prize, 1,500 EUR, was awarded to Tuomas Honkanen’s and Ilmari Pesonen’s work “Surface”.
The jury described the work as subtle, danceable, and complementing the architecture of the space nicely. The idea of the work is to turn the walls into a media surface and to make the architecture of the space dance through interaction with visitors.
The prize committee consisted of Kai Huotari, managing director of Kiinteistö Oy Kaapelitalo, Niki Matheson, director of Helsinki Dance House Association, architects Teemu Kurkela (JKMM Arkkitehdit Oy) and Pia Ilonen (ILO ARKKITEHDIT Oy). Artists Jukka Hautamäki and Tarja Ervasti were members appointed by the Finnish Artists’ Association. Ilkka Paloniemi was a member appointed by the Finnish Light Art Society FLASH. The secretary of the prize committee was Juha Rouhikoski from Finnish Light Art Society FLASH. The rules of the The Artists' Association of Finland were followed in the competition.
Juha Rouhikoski, kilpailun sihteeri, Suomen valotaiteen seura FLASH, juha.rouhikoski(at)gmail.com, puh. 045 259 1617
Kai Huotari, toimitusjohtaja, Kiinteistö Oy Kaapelitalo, kai.huotari(at)kaapelitehdas.fi, puh. 050 384 1557