Light in the window

Pauliina Salminen

The installation consists of two dark windows in which people appear. They become visible as they turn on the light. Some of them are hidden by the condensation on the glass, some wipe it off entirely whereas others draw a figure in it, making them more visible behind the glass. There is an interaction between the windows as people come and go, sometimes seeming aware of other persons' presence, sometimes appearing in complete solitude. The gestures they produce at the window may vary, but many of them draw lines that imitate existing or imaginary landscapes. These people stop looking out of the window whilst their thoughts wander towards different places and things. The landscape they are looking at could be anywhere as it changes in the eyes of each viewer.

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Original Title
Valoa ikkunassa
Finnish Title

Valoa ikkunassa

English Title

Light in the window

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Pauliina Salminen (Author), Pauliina Salminen (Cinematographer), Pauliina Salminen (Editor)
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Pauliina Salminen is a media artist whose work includes video, photography and installation. Salminen studied film and video in Turku, Finland, and in Marseille, France where she's now based. She has directed documentary films and moved gradually towards media art projects as well as interactive video installations. The audience is often involved in her working process. The themes in her work include identity connected to the living environment as well as border areas and intermediate spaces. Her installations can be seen regularly in very different spaces (e.g. galleries, museums, social centers, public space, natural surroundings) and her short videos have been screened at various international festivals.