The site at Brinkhalli is on an island surrounded by the frozen Baltic sea. Images taken from an environmental webcam under the sea – manipulated film of jellyfish onto the front of the building and onto a toilet cistern in one of the rooms. Conceptually transforming the building into a swedish ferry liner, water taken from the port around these vessels is illuminated in one room – images of waste reflected back amongst the visitors in another space.
Each artist interpreted the theme and we worked together using a new method devised by Susana and myself in order to develop this work within a short time, and in an equal and participatory style, engaging with commercial spaces (for communal art actions) and organisations (to support a high quality – but completely free event). The artwork is temporary, site-specific – it cannot be owned but must be experienced! It was developed as an ongoing dialogue without advance pre-planning of the final experience.
The art and it’s cohesion is negotiated by the artists as a process through ongoing discussions with all involved.
Many people came and shared a wonderful evening with us. They were greeted by spotlights and cameras. The ‘ship/in-house photographer captured their surprise and posted their image among the photographs of passengers in the departure lounge of the ferry terminal. Lost in this liminal space they wait for a journey to begin.
Ballpool work together with Beverley Carpenter and students of the school of art, Turku University of Applied Sciences. The project examines issues concerning the protection of the Baltic Sea. The works could be seen in public in Brinkhalli’s villa. March 2011, Turku, Finland.