The Powder of Sympathy, 2015


Diving deep into the often obscure global flow of materials, in this instance copper, The Powder of Sympathy sets in motion a frantic flow of images combined with feverish pounding, hissing and rattling sounds sourced from West Africa, the USA and China. The video is a one-channel version of Tuomas A. Laitinen’s four-channel video installation Conductor (2014). In The Powder of Sympathy, the healing properties of copper are juxtaposed with its conductive role in the development and continuity of electricity-dependent modern societies. It is a hypnotic journey to the material mediation of our existence.
An edition of the piece was acquired to the permanent collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma in 2015.

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Original title / The Powder of Sympathy
Type / Single channel
Country / Finland, United States, Benin, China
Picture ratio / 16:9
Duration / 00:08:36
Language / English
Sound format / Stereo
Year / 2015
Credits / Tuomas A. Laitinen (Author), Tuomas A. Laitinen (Cinematographer), Tuomas A. Laitinen (Director), Tuomas A. Laitinen (Editor), Matti Ahopelto (Music), Tuomas A. Laitinen (Music), Jenna Sutela (text), Yuan Z (Actor), AVEK / - (Funder), HIAP / - (Funder), TAIKE / - (Funder), Tuomas A. Laitinen (Sound Design)

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