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Christine Candolin


Last updated: January 28, 2015


I have been working with installations since early 1980. Scientific research, such as neuroscience, biology and the Science of the Mind, the postmodernist, ontological and episthemological studies of perception and interpretation of the world, have become the main inspiration and resource behind my work, and these ideas have manifested as allegorical forms in my artwork. Evolution of the human mind, especially the interconnectedness of matter and mind and the emergent properties connected to this, are the important constituents of my studies, and can be seen as allegorical reflections in my work. In 2008 I showed the three room installation called “Matter & Light “ at the Amos Anderson Art Museum in Helsinki. In this exhibition I studied the concepts of matter, thought and meaning, combined with the ideas of the evolution of the human mind. Here I used the phenomenological tool of meditation as one of the components of this experience. The postmodern research of cognition and seeing is a very relevant part of my work. The phenomenological, 1st-person experience , has recently regained great interest and has become an object to the neuroscientic research. The famous European thinker and philosopher, Maurice Merleau-Ponty has written about phenomenology in his books; Phenomenologie de la Perception , already in 1945, and Le Visible et l´invisible in 1964. These concepts have not widely been accepted as a part of scientific research, and have only lately been “rediscovered”. I’m often assembling my installations to fill several rooms, so that the subject matter can be sensed through the connotations of the combined materials, form, and thought.

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