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For the Passerby by Mark Niskanen and Jani-Matti Salo to be unveiled in Baana bicycle corridor

24.6.2019 17:19

Mark Niskanen ja Jani-Matti Salo: Ohikulkijalle
Mark Niskanen ja Jani-Matti Salo, For the Passerby (2019) © Photo: HAM/Maija Toivanen

For the Passerby, a new public artwork by Mark Niskanen and Jani-Matti Salo, will be unveiled at the Lapinlahdenkatu underpass in the Baana bicycle corridor on 27th June at 3 pm. Mounted in a standard advertising light box, the work is based on motion and ephemerality and will appear different to every passer-by.

The subtle changes in the work are produced by three superimposed patterns that give rise to a moiré or interference pattern when they move. The moiré patterns appear differently to all passers-by depending on the height, direction and distance of viewing.

Commissioned by HAM, For the Passerby is intended as a temporary artwork. The work will remain in place for the time being, and may eventually be transferred to another location in Helsinki. It will be part of the HAM collection of public art.

Mark Niskanen (b. 1991) and Jani-Matti Salo (b. 1984) have worked together as an artist duo since 2015. Combining light, sound, video, internet connections and everyday readymades they create situations and settings for fleeting encounters. During the past year they have exhibited their work at the Grand Rapids Art Museum in Michigan, the Helsinki Festival, the Art Quarter in Budapest, and the CASA Gallery in Brooklyn, New York City. In 2019 they will stay as invited residency artists at Mana Contemporary.