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Eija-Liisa Ahtila

Ilppo Pohjola

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Potentiality for Love

2018
Moving image sculpture in 3 silent parts: 
#1 – Angular video sculpture of twenty-two DIP LED modules (4K/HD; 7 min 54 sec loop; sculpture size 614 x 384 x 15 cm) 
#2 – Two research tables with attached ‘monitor mirrors’ (4K/HD; 2 min 8 sec and 3 min 6 sec loops; size 100 x 72 x 54 cm)
#3 – Vertical single channel projection  (4K/HD; 2 min 35 sec loop; projection size approx 400 x 225 cm)

POTENTIALITY FOR LOVE deals with the potential for empathy and love towards other living beings. It turns attention to those human emotions that could serve as a foundation for dismantling the hierarchical structures between living things, thereby engendering a turn towards non-humans and the recognition of others. The work reflects the origins of these emotions, how we define them and how we conceive of their function as part of a larger continuum of living beings. 

The first element of the installation is a hybrid work that combines sculpture with moving image technology to focus attention on the point where love is born. Using outdated LED modules, it recreates an image of a distant memory, of mother and the primal unity. It also touches upon the memory of loss and distance, the moment when the possibility for love that rests as potentiality, first emerges. 

The second element asks whether our love and empathy is reserved only for our own kind, or whether we are capable of holding them towards other living beings as well. This question is approached by addressing the historical divide between humans and non-humans. This is achieved by creating a situation that questions what it is to be a human being and how the other, the stranger, is constructed in our culture. The medium for this is a modified situation featuring a setup similar to that used to treat phantom limb aches. In these two works, however, the mirror is replaced by a thin LED monitor showing the arm(s) of another primate.

The third element approaches the theme by a vertical projection of a primate facing the opposite way.

Making of LOVE

Cast JENNY, MATLEENA KUUSNIEMI
Written & directed by EIJA-LIISA AHTILA
Cinematography JUSSI EEROLA
Edit & data HEIKKI KOTSALO
Wire FX REIJO KONTIO
3D FX JARI HAKALA 
Animal supervisor ROGER FARR
Thanks to FRAME FINLAND, MARIAN GOODMAN GALLERY
Production supported by BIENNALE OF SYDNEY, M-MUSEUM and AVEK, FINNISH CULTURAL FOUNDATION, FINNISH FILM FOUNDATION, KORDELIN FOUNDATION 
Commission SERLACHIUS MUSEUMS
Production ILPPO POHJOLA/CRYSTAL EYE