The Original Position consists of a color video projection with sound, and a framed newspaper photograph. The newspaper photograph, taken in a courtroom in the Helsinki district court was published as part of a press article on the trial of Markus Pentikäinen, a press photographer arrested during a demonstration against EU-Asia summit in Helsinki in 2006. He was accused of disobeying the police orders. The photograph shows Pentikäinen taking a picture of the interior of the courtroom, while he himself is being photographed by two other photographers in the same room. Finally, the picture as we see it is a take on the situation by a fourth photographer outside the frame of the image. The photograph from the newspaper serves as a guide, a sort of a script for the movement of the camera in the video.
The Original Position