The Space of A Year
The space of a year is a multichannel audiovisual installation, played in a 20-minute loop. Projections are cast on adjacent walls or screens and four speakers placed in a rectangular formation.

The space of a year portrays the passage of time during the course of a year and deconstructs visual and sonic material associated with nature and its transformation throughout different seasons.



The visual material consists of highly processed videos and photos collected from the nature in different seasons of the year. The sound material is based on field recordings also collected in the nature in different seasons of the year.
The field recordings include the sound of footsteps on different surfaces (sand, leaves, snow, etc.) during different times of the year (ice, snow, rain, dry and wet material).

Contact microphones are placed on the floor letting people in the space activate an alternative soundscape with their footsteps. Every step produces the footstep sound recorded in that specific time of the year. By walking in the installation space the visitor re-enacts the sonic memories collected by the artist.

the space of a year - installation at MUU Gallery, Helsinki (FI) from Roberto Pugliese on Vimeo.



These sounds echo and tightly follow the visitor’s exploration of the augmented space. Ultimately it is the sound activated by the participant that creates an embodied relation to the space, allowing him to immerse himself in the imaginative dimension evoked by the produced soundscape.

The changing sonic and visual textures that we attribute to different seasons of the year are dissected, blended, disrupted and distorted. The installation contemplates how different notions of the sonic and visual transformations that surround us reflect our perception of time.

The fieldwork towards the realization of the installation has been carried out during two residencies: Arteles in Hämeenkyrö , September 2012 and AiR Bergen at USF Verftet in Bergen, January – March 2013. As such the installation presents different realities depending on the time of the year that belong to similar latitudes.

The work towards the realization of this installation has been supported by the Arts Promotion Centre Finland and AVEK.

the Space Of A Year 3D model from Roberto Pugliese on Vimeo.