Kati Hyyppä

As light goes by – electromechanical machine


Interior in Strandgade, Sunlight on the Floor
(1901) conveys a certain sense of quietness emphasized by the soft sunlight streaming through the window and the woman reading or writing at her table, her back turned.

Kati Hyyppä’s electromechanical machine, a pop-up version of Vilhelm Hammerhøi’s (1864-1916) interior, maintains this atmosphere and even accentuates it by integrating the movement of the sun. In this way the small tableau captures not only a single moment but a span of time veiled in this stillness.

“The passage of light is accompanied by a melody coming from a music box mechanism connected to the motor that moves the lamp. Like an automaton, the machine plays the scene over and over again.”


Kati Hyyppä (*1976, FI/DE)
artist and designer


Kati Hyyppä, As light goes by.
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The artwork in the remix

Here you can see the artwork Kati Hyyppä has used in her remix:

Vilhelm Hammershøi (1864-1916), Interior in Strandgade, Sunlight on the Floor, 1901, KMS3696.
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