April update 2015

Hey all,

Not much news. I’m working on couple of different projects, but with no specific deadlines or exhibition schedules. One joint exhibition with a friend is coming up in July in the countryside of Finland, which we will hopefully exhibit later on in Helsinki. More info about that later.

I do have one older work (but first time in Finland) coming up at Free Art Space Sun 12th of April 12-20, which hopefully people will come to see. More info below:


Can You Hear the Grasshoppers Sing?

I remember one childhood summer, when I first realized that my father couldn’t hear the grasshoppers singing. I felt confused; why are there sounds that can not be heard by everybody?

This memory resurfaced a few years ago, when I was thinking more about my personal relation to sound.

To my knowledge the sound of singing grasshoppers is the only specific aural phenomenon that can be lost from hearing. Grasshoppers and crickets sing in a very high pitch between 12 – 20 kHz and these frequencies can be lost because of normal aging.

I find it poetic that there are sounds that are connected to the process of aging. The disappearance is somehow a reminder of our limited, transient existence.

“Can You Hear the Grasshoppers Sing?” is a generative 16-channel sound installation, where different field recordings of grasshopper sounds are randomly triggered to different speakers. The computer program also transposes these sounds; pitchshifting it up behind the 20 kHz human hearing threshold and down to 5 kHz enabling everybody to hear them.

The project was first exhibited as an end of residency exhibition in Avatar Centre Québec City, Canada in December 2013.

Sun 12.4.2015 12-20 in Free Art Space (Vapaan Taiteen Tila)

Free Art Space is located in Katri Valan Puisto -park’s shelter in the area of Sörnäinen, Helsinki. The entry is opposite of Vilhovuorenkuja 16.

Produced with the help of Avatar Centre.

Supported by Kone Foundation.

Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1420137154956320/