Hanna Haaslahti´s new moving image works and interactive installations explore how our everyday environment is divided into two parallel realities. We live in a world where digital, artificial reality dominates and where in many ways man is becoming virtual. Haaslahti´s works seek to discern the touchpoint between these two worlds and man´s place in it. Her works are strongly narrative: they deal with private, but at the same time common issues.
Habitus (2014) was inspired by the ancient way the Selk´nam tribe used geometric body paintings to communicate with each other. In Haaslahti´s work, these images are projected onto viewers and transferred interactively from one viewer to another. Her work This is where the magic happens (2017) comprises images of people´s homes found on the internet that because of gaming or some other immersion into the digital world have been transformed into uncontrollable media hubs.
The interactive work Obey (2017) tells about how digital reality has become spontaneous. We are unable to fully control it. Her work Dirty (2017 depicts actors wearing motion capture suits. Only the dots on the suits move in the image, the bodies and persons have vanished. The Zombie Walk (2017) installation is a documentary of an event held in 2014 in Helsinki, where a group of people dressed up as zombies and walked through the city following a predetermined route.
Haaslahti creates a multidimensional image of our electronic reality and its fragmented world view. Her works capture both physically and emotionally.
Hanna Haaslahti (s. 1969) is a media artist who received her master´s degree from the Medialab at the School of Arts Design and Architecture in 2001. She received the Promotion Centre for Audiovisual Culture´s annual AVEK Award in 2005. In 2015, the Royal British Society of Sculptors presented her with the Sculpture Shock Award, which included a residency and exhibition in Chiswick House and Garden in London.