2020 HD video, 00:07:28
Constellation displays a group of protagonists place nail like objects on a black surface. During the process a visible forms emerges, changed in size or shape and almost seems to create a perceived outline or pattern.
Jakop Barn’s day trip
2019 Video object
78x55x24/66 cm, HD time-lapse video, aluminum suitcase, two screens 70/40, R.berryPi`s
In early autumn I had been falling in love with Jakops barn a lofty and tranquil structure that I came upon during a stay at the Kone residence place located in Mynämäki in the Southwest of Finland. During several days I experimented with different options to document the play of changing sunlight between interior and exterior with time-lapse cameras. The footage that originated from this study is now on display in form of an opened aluminum travel case. The lower part displays the camera view of the sunbeams slowly advancing on the wooden floorboards while the upper part shows the specks of sunlight penetrating the gasps in the panel structure The recorded time encompasses the play of light and shadow during six hours and is shown in a sequence of 8 min.
2019 Video installation
260x170x110, Two chairs, a stool and a table, Concrete cast on steel mesh, video mapped footage, Mapping by: Ilkka Pitkänen
The Work displays individual video footage of a jackammer breaking a concrete floor and revealing step by step the underlying structure.
The footage is than video mapped onto a series of pieces that resemble furniture that consists of the very same material. The installation of concrete plates that were molded into steel mesh refers to the working process while elevating the working surface towards a resting place.
The nature of walls
2019 HD video, 00:06:23
Performers: Marja Patrikainen &Thomas Westphal, camera: Thomas Westphal, edit and composition: Sebastian Ziegler
While the overlapping sequences of wall demolition advances, an abstract composition of color surfaces transforms to material substance. Ever changing landscape of compositions moves through different stages and spaces. The actual situation, where the film material was shot in, gives the work instantaneity. The layers are woven into poetry of bodies entangling with the matter.
2019 two channel video installation
Two walls facing each other at a 90 degree angle are the projection surfaces for this work. The video shows a dense cloud of black and white shapes that emerge at the distant edges and slowly dance across the wall to slowly dissolve into single particles.
Videos play same image but one was mirrored, they have the same length and are roughly synchronized. Saturation has been turned down to evacuate the black and white contrast of the particles.
In a hypnotic dance the debris fields meet in the room corner where the particles overlap and disappear.
2019, HD video 3:33 min
two channel video installation
The video shows a dense cloud of black and white shapes that slowly dance across the walls and slowly dissolve into single particles. The footage was shot while working with a jackhammer on an old bath tub. The white surface is the emalia and the black color comes from the iron oxide. What was in the making a earsplitting brutal exercise turned into a mesmerizing hypnotic dance under slow motion.
Delete all duplicates
2019 Video sculpture
Table, projection, screws, 190x120x50 cm
I got this idea for this work while preparing for a studio visit of 28 students from the Art academy. I was mend to let the students see how artist work in practice and to see different working methods. It’s a fact that many ideas originate from very banal activities such as sorting through material like a big box of screws that had to be sorted out. I created a setting to record this video and had everybody help with the sorting. This was done in 8 min. and interesting footage was created.
The video is projected on a table with the exact measurements of the original sorting area.The work includes the projecting table, a box of screws and the ready installed file on raspberry pi 3 b+ with security copy of the video file and pre-coded SD card.
2019 Video sculpture
150×260 cm, veneer, paint, video projection
A video sculpture with a unique tongue like shape that gets constantly repainted. The perforated surface with its holes partly swallows the light of the projection.
Wax on wax off
2019 two channel video
I was building a set of machines in my studio that are inspired by early methods of mechanical movements and transition. These machines are idling ahead and performing tirelessly repeating motions. I took video of this set up and projected it here on the gallery wall. The wall was painted black but during the opening I painted certain areas to drive these shy creatures in the light.
2019 HD video, 00:08:21
Northern seaside in late autumn. On an absurdly narrow path of piled up stones, a lorry and an excavator advance their path into the sea. As powerful as they might seem, forming the wave breaker, they are dwarfed by the sea as their backdrop.
The work explores the slow, deep rhythms involved in building and sustaining a culture.
2019 HD video, 00:06:42
A monochrome blue surface becomes substance while big chunks of it get sliced away and discarded. With every slice the sensory quality of one space diminishes to unfold into another reality. A wall section between two offices had to be removed; the video was created by placing a camera and blue light in one room and starting the breaking job.
Come away with me in the night
2018 Kinetic light sculpture
Dark room with build in drywall and window opening, motor system, black marabou feather boas, van, blue light, cut flowers, night sounds
The visitor enters a darkened space; its only light source is a barred window emanating moonlight, the faint scent of flowers and night sounds. Approaching the window one realizes that the bars are made by slowly moving strings of black feathers. Does one dare to push its face through this barrier to go out in the night?
2017 HD video Duration 03:54
As sculptor I find a lot of beauty in materials and working processes that often flow in and out my working practice. In my artwork I often find the need to modify gallery space to my needs and apply same materials and skills from the alter universe. When I face an exhibition the location is an important aspect that I take into account while planning and creating the artwork. Lately I just lo cut the knot between the two worlds and thought that it would be wonderful to blur the boundaries between art and labor. I visited the working place early in the morning before the work starts and set up the lights, camera equipment in front of walls that according to he architectural drawings have to be removed. I paint in these areas in Chroma key green. This technique has been use in movies to remove a background from the subject of a photo or video a color range. The green foreground footage is made transparent, allowing separately filmed background footage or a static image to be inserted into the scene. We trash the wall while being filmed. The footage I gain is inspiring to work with.It brings planners, designers, developers and workers to wonder about the unique quality of their own work and of the built environment.
Drummers: Niklas Faupel, Son Pham.
Editing: Sari Palosaari and Sebastian Ziegler
Breaking by: Thomas Westphal and Marja Patrikainen.
When gravity fails
2016 video kinetic object
steel, screens, motors, electronics
The work explores playfull interaction between object and image. The two videoscreens show a person engaged in freestyle football. His ballancing skills make the ball spinn effordless in the air. The displays themselve serve as counter weights of a ceiling mounted apparatus that keeps them in a equillibrium. Motors give small impulses to shift the balance from side to side.
2015 moving image installation
overhead projector, video projector, clockwork parts, lenses, motors, semi-transparent membrane
Cell nr. 8 at the 2nd floor of the former county prison in Turku became home to this work during the Valtio plus exhibition. The work combines animation and mechanical shadow projection that interlock in this narrow space.
2015 video-kinetic installation
210x210x4cm, Wood, diamonds, motors, animation, video projector
The Video kinetic object “Peripheral” consists of a motorized diamond studded ring that slowly rotates and a video projected animation. The hand drawn animation is based on motion studies of an athlete performing in a German wheel. The German wheel is an athletic devise, namely a free moving aluminum ring that allows the athlete to spin and rotate using his or hers own gravity and momentum for speed and motion.
For me as a sculptor it has been of greater interest because it also resembles a sort of vitruvien study of the space a human can physically inhabit. When the projected animation reaches the outer boundaries of the circle the projected light sends a sparkle of light reflections bouncing off from the diamond studs.
2015 Video-kinetic object
Motors, monitors, custom shield, Arduino, synchronized Raspberry Pi, metal, aluminum
Yo bro what’s up! How you doing? A handshake is a form of non-verbal communication. The handshake is thought by some to have originated as a gesture of peace by demonstrating that the hand holds no weapon. Two screens running on a sliding rail system approach and distance themselves from each other. At the moment of overlapping the hands engage in a delicate dance of intertwining moves.
Electronic expertise by Gregoire RousseauVideo software and coding by Eetu HuhtalaHandshake performance by Jakob Johannson and Felipe de Avila
Iconics and beats 2015
HD video, duration 06:21
In the video “Iconics and beats” we observe a group of people engaged in a game of gestures. Based on a German drinking game the participants count up to 21 whereby each number is combined with a certain gesture. These gestures grow in complexity during each cycle the game is replayed.
Performers, left to right, Uli Westphal, Kai Weitenberg, Kristen Cooper, Jan Westphal
Hand on wire
2013– video kinetic sculpture
Motors, plasma TV, 16 m rail system, metal construction, HD box
2x HD video footage, vertical and horizontal filmed
Duration of single clip 02:40 min
-filmed at Suvilahti, Helsinki and Temppeliaukio, Helsinki
Performers; Thomas Westphal, Niklas Faupel
Electronical Expertise: Gregoire Rousseau
Mechanical Support: Federico Ortegon Perez
The starting point for this work was video material that I shoot in summer 2011 at the Suvilahti industrial ground and at Oksasenkatu in Töölö. Because of the different nature of these places the one format was chosen to be vertical (Töölös narrow tall streetscapes) and the other horizontal (Suvilahtis wide industrial scenery).
In both locations we see a hand ropewalking electricity lines between buildings.
The videos are shown on a large plasma screen that moves along a 16 m long rail system from one side of the museum wall to the other. In the end points the screen rotates from vertical to horizontal position and vice versa. Actually this unusual twist originated from the fact that I work with video from the perspective as a sculptor. While shooting the video material on site I did not consider yet that the horizontal/vertical shift would become a difficulty later on. After all I am quite satisfied that the solution to this problem became an important aspect of the final work. The distance of the rail system is corresponding to the distance of the original settings. Also the pace of the moving hand in the video image matches the speed of the moving screen. I used two different motor systems, one for the spatial movement and the other for the smooth rotation of the screen. A motivating idea behind the installation was a playful concern with space. It became a stage on witch the activities may it be musical or physical performed. What I brought to the space was actually an object installation that was formally constructed through the filter of documenting. The relationship with time, bringing one thing to another, how the exhibition space acts not only as a space as a time dimension as a document.
Vertigo in the heart
2012– Video/kinetic sculpture
Motors, video projector, HD box, metal construction, wind engines
2x HD video footage (GoPro action cameras, body strapped)
Duration of single clip 02:45 min/ 00.06 min
Base-jump and camera: Uli Westphal
Electronical support: Gregoire Rousseau
The video material used in this work consists of a skyline view of Berlin and a base-jump sequence. All video was shoot with handheld and body strapped/helmet mounted Gopro HD cameras.For displaying the video I was building a projection screen (224x124cm) with a steady mounted video projector at the end of a cone shaped 3-meter extension. This whole segment is hanging on ball bearing hinges mounted to a solid steel foundation. The screen is motor controlled and can be moved from vertical 90° to 180° angel. It happens in regular intervals that are set by relays and two different timing devises.In the vertical position it shows the skyline of Berlin with the remarkable TV Tower. The video is slightly shaking and protruding steel elements and cables in the image give a hint to the viewer that it is taking from some sort of platform or building roof. Two strong wind engines behind the screen create a slightly unsettling atmosphere. Every 01:40 min the screen goes into almost 180° position. During this process it shows the perspective of a person free falling down the building façade. The two video files 02:45 and 00:06 min are played from HD box and are triggered by sensors in the mainframe. On request of visitors the interval time was changed from original 4 min down to 3 min and finally to 1:50 min which seems to be the common border of visitors patience.
2012, HD video, 01:35 min
filmed at Suvilahti, Helsinki,Performer Son Pham
The video was filmed in the industrial setting of Suvilahti a former energy production area in Sörnäinen, Helsinki. It encompasses nine buildings and two large gasometers.
The idea was to explore the given architecture in an unusual visual and acoustic way.
I was cooperating with three members of the German progressive metal band TrueFalse
that visited me for two weeks and put their musical expertise to practice.
In Elevated Jam, the protagonist Son Pham is drumming on the steel hull of a giant gas clock. During the play he slowly elevates upwards and with the ascent also the acoustic properties of the building start to change. Reaching the top not only the scenery widens up to us but also the perception of the architecture as such.
2013, HD video, 00:03:58
-filmed at Suvilahti, Helsinki
Performer: Tra-My Pham
Sound: Samuli Tanner
A violinist playing with intensive concentration on a high-tension steel wire connecting two buildings. We see the protagonist holding drawing the bow across the wire, drawing tension and intensity out of the connection between the two architectonical poles.
2013 Video/kinetic Installation
3 Screens, 3 Blueray players, DC Motor, Steel300x60x40 cm
The work KEKKU was made for the exhibition “Terveisiä perheestä” (Greetings from the family), that took place at Gallery Huuto in August 2013. The exhibition dealt with issues revolving around family and the protagonists in the video footage are my wife, our daughter and I. The video shows certain body parts of us sitting on a swing. The vertical aliened screens show us swinging together. The whole set up itself swings back and forward by a DC motor.The video footage is of different length and generates constantly surprising twists especially because the image freezes for some second in the end of the loop.While we were shooting the scene we also realized that it actually was the first time that all three of us were on the playground together. It dont mean a thing if it aint got the swing.
2013 kinetic installation
Motorized curtain, five motorized swaying mirrors, Arduiono, customized shield.
“Encore celebrates the situation that takes place between the viewer, the work and the place. It bows towards what is in front of it, to passers-by and to spectators – literally.” This is a collaborative work with my partner Sari Palosaari at the window gallery Alkovi. The gallery as such is a part of the public space – it is constantly present in the cityscape in a same way as are the drugstore in the corner, the grill in the square and the Hursti breadline that accompany the gallery and form its surroundings. For this reason it seems relevant to reflect the problematic of public space: the city as an indicator for the social change, emergences of the individual and structural power or the collisions of social and political situations.
2010, Installation with sculptural and video elements
Wall 400x450x50 cm, Field 400x500cm, silicon molded and hand painted plaster replicas of 25 basketballs, taped field, iron b.ball rig, hanging 4 channel video display with 23”W TFT Color LCD screens in cone shaped steel display (120x120x60 cm pointed slightly angled towards all 4 directions), HD players
The field measurements and markings were taken from a basketball half-court and three point line field that matched the usable space. During the months preceding the event I produced 25 original looking plaster replicas of a basketball. These hollow silicon-molded sculptures were played in the game. A game by definition must be played with specified players so four fellow artists colleges joined me in the game. Obviously certain moves were impossible because dribbling it while walking or running would have resulted in the move to be an end in itself. Naturally the interaction changed rapidly into passing the ball around. Within the first minutes of action, we -the players- developed our own rules to regulate the boundaries or limits that the game forced on us. The event lasted 3 minutes and ended due to the lack of material resources. Some minor injuries were treated.
I stayed deliberately vague about what they were engaging in and the fact that the event took place at 08.00 in morning after Vappu-a legendary celebration day in Finland, I was blessed with their attendance. Because in one but only one aspect an infinite game is identical to a finite game! If you play you play freely; if you must play, you cannot play!
2011, HD video, 00.01.50 min
The work “High Plateau” was filmed during my residence at the Cite´ Internationale des Arts in Paris. I took a lot of video footage of street performers and practitioners of parcour that reclaim the urban environment for their own pleasure.
Set against skyline of Paris a floral street pole stands like an exclamation mark against the clouded horizon. A small group of pigeons gets a surprising visit by a soccer acrobat that has his own personal claim to this vertical playground.
2011, HD vide, 00:01:32 min, stereo sound
The video shows a haptic exploration of a 16-meter high tree. The protagonist in this video is a hand that travels up the bark starting from the firm solid trunk at eye level and ending at the highest most elastic of its branches. The hand is in this case not Symbol of how to manipulate the physical world, but also how to perceive it. I took the video in one shoot and its flawless motion creates a feeling of lucidity and weightlessness. For a moment one can become a gravity defying squirrel or an ant not worrying about dimensions or just liquid absorbed by the roots and traveling through fine capillary systems towards the leaf-bearing branches.
2011, video/kinetic installation
Motor, arduino, hdmi box, switches, nylon/ steel/ silicon wire, projector, steel, funier, concrete.
The video/kinetic installation “Vertical Limit” is a combination moving image and kinetic movement. The footage of the former mentioned work was used in combination with a kinetic set up. A lofty space at the summer exhibition “Spatial places” in Fiskars 2011 was the perfect setting to mount this work. The height of the space offered the opportunity to play with the vertical dimension. In the height of eight meter I installed a devise that could lower and rise a triangular “beamer pod”, thereby constantly traveling up and down between two likewise forms.
The projector rises and sinks in five min. intervals and according to this rhythm the movement in the video is synchronized. To antennas on the top and bottom give signals to the motor as well as to the Hdmi box when to switch to the right video file.
Contest of epilogues
2007, Programming based computer animation, 00:09:00
DVD looped- or in infinite variation mode in connection a computing system
I am a great admirer of the writings of the Russian artists Yuri Leyderman, which himself tends to regard sport as a spiritual field of human activity and has been writing a lot concerning this subject. I was inspired by his writings regarding the creation and concept behind this animation.
In the 3D animation two deceased teams are resurrected to endlessly run on field without purpose. The characteristics of a game have vanished. There are no rules, no ball, not even a team, just a tireless activity of performance.
The work was realized in co-operation with the Finnish Media artist Ilpo Jääskelainen that helped me with creating the 3D modeling and the necessary programming work. The animated players are modeled in relation to a series of sculptures.