Electropia I (2015) – generative sound and light installation for Aalto University, Espoo FI


Photo: Heta Kaisto

Electropia I is a generative sound and light installation that transforms a bridged corridor at the Aalto University School of Electrical Engineering in Espoo, Finland, into a subtle, indeterminate audio-visual experience. The invitation has been to “recharge” the existing architecture with a new aesthetic quality that would make the space more inviting for the next five years, before its complete renovation.

The sonic components of the piece are reorganizing themselves infinitely, never repeating exactly the same combination of elements while the overall characteristic of the piece remains consistent. The light consists of several small strobe lights reacting sporadically to the soundscape, their altered light reflected discreetly around the architecture of the corridor. We have preserved the original, minimal aesthetic and construction of the corridor, changing only the condition of the sound and light by using the wall panels as invisible speakers and original light boxes as strobes.

The title comes from the words ‘electromagnetic’, ‘tropical’ and ‘utopia’: the soundscape and the musical composition are derived from the treated sounds of electromagnetic waves and a neotropical rainforest, while ‘utopia’ refers to a possible place, condition or ideal. The inspiration for the musical and sonic content has been the culture of the building: the research and studies being conducted there, and the future worlds they might imply.



Concept and design: Ilpo Jauhiainen, Matias Tuohino, Niklas Sallinen and Roupen Bastadjian, 2015

Music and generative systems: Ilpo Jauhiainen

Video: Roupen Bastadjian



Photo: Heta Kaisto


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