Otso Havanto


Etsin is part of Ars108 exhibition in Nokia 2.7-29.8.2021.

Etsin is built around a small CRT monitor that used to be the viewfinder of a video camera, salvaged from an old TV studio. The monitor displays the image of a security camera, also found from a pile of junk. The piece plays a generative composition based on multiples of 50Hz frequencies. The signal is amplified and played through a speaker and a coil wrapped around the CRT display. The magnetic field of the coil distorts the image based on the frequencies of the composition.

The work discusses the subjective experience of time, placing the viewer in the middle of different relative references of time: The temporal layers of the components of the work, the speed of aging of the now obsolete technology used in the piece, the style of exhibiting the work following the traditions of the visual arts, the relativity of time through seeing and hearing the same frequencies, the feeling of time in the rhythmical elements of the composition and through the anticipation of change in the dissonant sounds.

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