Stereoscope and zoetrope installation
year of production: 1995
In his research on hysteria Freud paid attention to the visuality and the plasticity of
hysterical recollections. He mentions that "they often seem to grow out of the daydreams
which are so common even in healthy people and to which needlework and similar occupations
render women especially prone". "Sovitus" can be seen as an effort to hysterize the
discourse on hysteria.
The show consists of five stereoscopic images, the two of which are digitally composed
and a zoetrope with a modified sewing machine. The sewing machine has a built in mechanism
that rotates the zoetrope when the floor pedal of the sewing machine is pushed. The zoetrope
sequence of images consists of eleven digitally composed photographs in which the repetitive
movement of the tongue piercing is carried out.
Concept: Heidi Tikka
Photography: Heidi Tikka
Wood constructions: Jouni Malin
Thanks to Lea Kantonen, Eeva Mäkinen, Leena-Kaisu Hattunen, Seppo Väkevä,
The piece premiered in Photography Gallery Hippolyte in 1995 as a solo exhibition.
Together with Screen Memories (1994) and the written thesis Negotiating Proper Distance
(1999) it constitutes my Licentiate of Arts degree work at UIAH Finland.
Sovitus has been exhibited at:
Encoded identities, Otso Gallery, in conjuncion with MuuMediaFestival, Helsinki 1998
Fotofinlandia, Cable Factory, Helsinki 1996
Photography Gallery Hippolyte, Helsinki, 1995 (solo exhibition)