Presented in Objekti 4
Curated by Andy Best-Dunkly
from 14.6.2018 to 2.9.2018
Thing(-ing) series*


Inside Out is a series of nine object-oriented performances showcased during the fourth edition of the OBJEKTI group exhibition in 2018. For my piece, I designed a metal box measuring 200cm in length, 100cm in width, and 100cm in height. The box was placed atop four wooden logs, positioned near the serene pond of Kirkkojärvi in Espoon keskus. Adjacent to the artwork, a sign displayed the schedule of the performances for passersby to see.

The idea is that for each performance, I  crawl inside the box through the hidden entrance underneath it and sculpt the five metal surfaces of the box from inside by beating them with a mallet. In total, I spent around 10 hours inside the box. In the course of three months, my strikes and movements from inside and the environmental factors, including the weather conditions and vandalism, from outside, gradually affected the piece and formed the final shape for the closing ceremony.

*Thing(-ing) refers to a state of interaction with objects, where the interpretive mind takes a backseat, and the focus lies solely on the objects’ inherent nature, materiality, and functional potentials. The primary goal of thing(-ing) is not necessarily to achieve a predetermined outcome but rather to engage in a genuine and conscious experience of the interplay between the mind/body and the object/matter. This process involves a phenomenological and creative encounter that allows me to be fully present in the moment through physical engagement with the objects.