Phantasma


 

PHANTASMA

 

Alchemy, Wäinö Aaltonen Museum of Art, Turku, Finland, 2016
Alchemy, Bildmuseet, Umeå, Sweden, 2016

 
In the three-channel video installation Phantasma, the camera transports the viewer through the dreamily delirious and dilapidated rooms of an aquarium that opened in Copenhagen in 1939. This strangely captivating world was sustained by a halting machinery, struggling to keep the decay at bay as seawater from the tanks gradually absorbed into the foundation, destroying the building beyond repair. The first Nordic aquarium connects to a historical and psychological context, where the wish to remember and the urge to forget intertwine. Time drives organic and mechanical elements towards joint destruction, in which they merge together to form something entirely new.