Lux In

The Lux In light art exhibition will be held for the second time at Cable Factory and present a wide spectrum of installations, from minimalistic works to video art. The exhibition will include both new installations and previously exhibited works by established artists, as well as by students from the Lighting Design and Sound Design Programme of the University of the Arts Helsinki.

The exhibition will be open 3pm-10pm, 1-10 January 2017, at Cable Factory, Merikaapelihalli (Tallberginkatu 1).

Free admission.

Download a map of the exhibition here (pdf).

In co-operation with: Kaapelitehdas, Studiotec Oy, MUU Galleria


Timo A. Aalto: Light Noise
White noise refers to a random audio signal whose samples are regarded as a sequence of serially uncorrelated variables. The installation Light Noise compares light and sound – frequency and spectra. Timo A. Aalto is a lighting designer and artist from Salo whose works have been seen in both theatre productions and urban environments. Through his art he seeks new ways to get to the core of light.


Jim Bond: Blink
This installation by British kinetic sculptor Jim Bond strikes the eye with force and confidence. Blink is a motorised eye whose lifeless stare torments viewers – until the blinking begins. Jim Bond has earned a reputation for his interactive sculptures in which parts of the human body are combined with motors, electronics, sensors and computers.

Meri Ekola and Marc Melià: Cycles
Cycles explores the relationship between the visual and auditory senses. These senses work together closely to create our daily experience of the world, yet only rarely do we consciously pay attention to their mutual relationship. This installation is rooted in the question of how separating audio and visual impulses would affect our understanding of our environment. This question is posed to viewers by means of light and sound that create a meditative state in constant change. This installation has been made possible with support from the Arts Promotion Centre Finland.


Jari Haanperä:
Light Projektor
Light Test 157
Light Test 3a
Light Desk
Concert Screen

Jari Haanperä is a pioneer of Finnish light art who has no less than five installations in this exhibition. Haanperä’s art is based on light, sound and the moving image. His works utilise both analogue technology and digital methods. The Lux In exhibition features a new installation entitled Light Desk, which was designed especially for the Merikaapelihalli space at the Cable Factory, as well as five other installations from the artist’s impressive career as an innovator in Finnish light aesthetics.

In co-operation with: Airam


Liubov Moskvina: Travelling Light
Travelling Light strives to present the beauty of light in its purest form, without context or visible light sources. A red ray of light floats within a dark space, inviting fascinated viewers to engage in a quiet dialogue with the light. The installation was previously exhibited as part of the Flux Light Art Series of exhibitions in Germany and Tunisia.


Teemu Määttänen: Red Chair
In the installation Red Chair (2006) an empty chair is filled with memories of movement, shadows and lights. Teemu Määttänen is a media artist from Helsinki whose art explores the relationship between the animated image and space. His installation NOISESCAPE featured in the 2014 Lux In exhibition. Määttänen is currently working on interactive audiovisual instruments in collaboration with composer Ilkka Niemeläinen.

Janne Parviainen: Light Paintings
Janne Parviainen creates light paintings in which the surrounding reality is transformed into a magical world of light. Parviainen is one of the most internationally recognised light painters in the world, and his art has featured in National Geographic, The Guardian and Wired. The Lux In exhibition features three of his light paintings:  Dhamma, Karma and World On Our Shoulders.


Pink Twins: Overlook
Impossible architecture, an ancient burial site and psychologically unstable caretakers are elements that are combined in the Overlook Hotel in Stanley Kubrick’s film “The Shining”. Pink Twins combines these elements with the problems of gravity and the space-time continuity with a sprinkling of cosmic horror in its animation vignette Overlook, which can be seen at Lux In for the first time ever in Finland.


Antti Pussinen: Lissajous
Lissajous is an audiovisual installation in which a real-time synthetic soundscape is made visible by means of an old television set.  The process from electricity to sound and image is entirely analogue and includes small amounts of static and imperfections due to background radiation, magnetic fields and fluctuations in the electricity grid. As a result, the installation is different and alive all the time.

Ishmail Sandstroem: Mandala
The popular installation Mandala from Lux Helsinki 2015 makes its return. Implements used for the treatment of diabetes – such as insulin pens, syringes and needles, as well as blood glucose test strips and lancets – are illuminated by LED lights. Ishmail Sandstroem believes that the Mandala – Sanskrit for circle, centre or connection – can be used to view the horrific and terrifying as beautiful and redemptive. Sandstroem has created a new Mandala especially for the Lux In exhibition.


SWÄG (Joonas Toivonen & Marko Vierimaa): Imaginary Mappings
Imaginary Mappings is a three-part installation whose theme is abstract dystopia. The work comprises three screens and projected images, as well as a soundscape. Façade mapping by means of projectors is one of the most impressive forms of the new visual culture. Imaginary Mappings seeks the same kind of effect but from a different perspective. This installation is being debuted at the Lux In exhibition.


Joonas Tikkanen: HUE
HUE is a kinetic light installation by Joonas Tikkanen that combines the movement of light, reflections and shadows. The bright LED light source roams around, creating hues and shadows by means of a sculptured cell structure. Tikkanen is an internationally active lighting, video and set designer whose works have most recently featured in the Cutting Edge performance by the WHS visual theatre group.

Kai van der Puij: 11.5 Hz
The installation 11.5 Hz explores the essence of light and its movement. A fibre optic cable is spun by an electric motor using a frequency convertor to regulate the speed, which in turn determines the shape formed by the fibre optic cable. The frequency used for this installation is 11.5 Hz, which corresponds to 345 rpm and creates the impression of two balls of light. 11.5 Hz featured in Lux Helsinki 2016.


Lantern Park
Lantern Park is a popular Lux Helsinki installation that features this year as part of the Lux In exhibition. As in previous years, the installation will present imaginative lanterns that together create a magical atmosphere.


Works by students from the Lighting Design and Sound Design Programme of the University of the Arts Helsinki
Lux In will present installations designed by students from the “Light as Art” course of the Lighting Design Master’s Programme of the University of the Arts Helsinki. The course is supervised by light artist Juha Rouhikoski.

Eero Erkamo: Valunta
Eero Erkamo explores the “materiality” of immaterial light – light itself cannot be seen unless it strikes something material. This installation strives to present light within a framework that allows it to be experienced as something almost palpable.

Ilmari Karhu: Suodatin
Ilmari Karhu uses a filter to flip light waves upside down, allowing viewers to see inside the invisible. The sea has been stained.


Riikka Karjalainen: Peitto
A blanket represents protection, a hiding place, security, peace, warmth and proximity. Riikka Karjalainen created installation out of the need to work light with her hands, to work in a relaxed manner. The blanket in question can disguise itself as an unremarkable grey quilt, but when it encounters light it reveals its true nature.


Arja Kärkkäinen: Varpaalleastuja
This installation comprises light and glass toes. The space in between the toes represents the space between two people when they converse – the distance that the average Finn finds comfortable.


Mateus Manninen: Tasaaja
Mateus Manninen explores space with this installation that includes viewers as part of the spatial continuity and change.


Kristian Palmu: That light I never knowed
I wanted to climb that tree
But seasons change
The leaves fell beautifully
The branches fell, too.


Alexander Salvesen: In Relation to Colour
“We don’t see things as they really are but only in relation to each other.” In Relation to Colour explores the relationship between colours. The interaction of colours tickles our senses and asks what really is in front of us – and what we imagine there to be. Note: This installation can be seen in the MUU Kaapeli gallery until 8 January.


Jere Suontausta: Sädesade
This installation comprises 405 nanometres of science fiction, a longing for cosmic beauty and a beckoning to Mother Earth.