Authentic Music from Another Planet

Authentic Music from Another Planet

Exhibition: September 7 – October 13, 2012
Address: Bergstr. 22, Mitte, 10115 Berlin

Gallery TAIK is delighted to present the Finnish artist Mikko Sinervo with his exhibition "Authentic Music from Another Planet". Sinervo´s most recently produced series "Do the Stars Look the Same the Other Side of the World?" (2011-) is being shown in Berlin for the first time.

Through the use of various photographic techniques, the artist of the Helsinki School pursues an aesthetic approach seeking to provide possible answers to matters that engrossed scientists and laymen alike. The exhibition opening takes place in presence of the artist on September 6th, 2012.

The initial starting point of Mikko Sivervo´s newest works is the preceding series "Afterimages" created in 2008 and 2009, which is motivated by the problem in what way visual perception of light can be captured, fixed and represented. In reference to James Turrell and Olafur Eliasson, Sinervo´s engagement with this issue has a particular focus on the aspect of human memory and the question as to how visual perception is processed in terms thereof. Perceived sensation as subjective memory presents the underlying theme of his entirely abstract photographic works.

If daylight produced by the sun provided the raw material for Sinervo´s "Afterimages", it is the light generated by stars of the nocturnal sky that inspired the artist to his newest series of works "Do the Stars Look the Same on the Other Side of the World?". Sinervo´s interest to expand a scientific viewpoint in dealing with the subject is triggered by his fascination for the boundless nature of the universe, consciousness of which arises when watching the stars at night. In his view, the pictures that serve as text illustrations in science books never suffice to satisfy; the objects being too far away, and their images too overclouded with particles of dirt, they are able, merely, to transport an idea of what might be there. This is where the works of Mikko Sinervo aim to intervene. Conceptually alluding to the tradition of photography employed as a means to fulfill scientific purposes, Sinervo creates aesthetic images of his own: celestial bodies bearing individually shaped forms, colors and constellations; literally, products of imagination.

An important influence as to the development of Mikko Sinervo´s ideas is the Swedish writer and painter August Strindberg (1849-1912). In his so-called "Celestographs" of circa 1890, Strindberg attempted to create quasi-images of the orbit by exposing copper plates, which had been treated with an emulsion, to the nightly sky lit with starts. As described in his essay "Chance as Artistic Creation" of 1894, for Strindberg, these developed plates presented the possibility of transferring immediate portraits of celestial constellations. The beauty that lies within that magical sphere existing between the imitating process of a presumed real image and the creation of the imagined idea also permeates the works of Mikko Sinervo.

-Jenny Rosemarie Mannhardt