Three Voices/ Kolme Ääntä
Two-channel video, sound and sculpture installation
BFA degree show work, fall 2019
Konkelo, an old Finnish word rarely known by urbanites, describes when a fallen tree is caught in the limbs of a standing tree. Even in low winds, the trees rub against each other producing a distinct sound, or ääni, a voice. The existence of the word konkelo implies a culture connected to forests, forestry, as well as one of listening. The phenomenon of one tree remaining stuck in another implies an unrushed forest, slowly changing.
In Finland’s vast industrial rushed forests, teollisuusmetsiä, what sounds are lost? In a landscape of alternating monocultures of pine and birch, is the absence of certain ääniä, sounds, voices, votes.
Through instruments that Linda invented and built within three different discarded cut trees, koivu (birch), haapa (aspen) and vaahtera (maple), comes a chorus of diversity.
In the final installation, a two-channel video runs next to the sculpture instruments, showing a personal journey through trees, and friends of different backgrounds, cultures and orientations playing the instruments in two overlapping bands. Even when given the same instrument, each person plays their own tune.
Linda’s video and sculpture installation explores the pace of trees’ and humans’ natural rhythms, humans’ capacity to listen, and the music, song and resilience that comes from diversity.