Kiiminkijoki (Spectatorium II)


Performing Arts Research Center Helsinki

Stage model, video (colour/1′ in a loop), narration (headset)

A filmed sequence shows a part of the river Kiiminkijoki (Finland) in the spring melting. The ice is perforated in the middle and the appearing hole produces a whirl that looks like a hurricane eye with the reflexion of the clouds in the just-melted water. The video is screened in a loop as the stage of the damaged cardboard model of Steele MacKaye’s legendary collapsed Spectatorium, so that the viewer sees the scene from above, conferring to the spectating a planetary scale. By the installation the tragic story of the  failure of the monumental construction of the Spectatorium by MacKaye for the World’s Columbian Exposition of Chicago in 1893 is displayed on headphones.