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Narrative sound installation for a single viewer.

Dimensions and duration variable, c. 4 min
Headphones, chair, mirror, table, floor, lamp, spotlight, trigger, Arduino and a dimmer





Mikado is a sound installation based on a scene from Cries and Whispers, an Ingmar Bergman movie from 1972. The work is experienced by one person at a time. Mikado presents a new angle to the dialogue where content has been modified to an idea about personal transformation. The viewer becomes a part of the narrative and faces her self through the text.


The work was originally recorded in Swedish in Kluuvi Gallery (Helsinki), together with the actor Oskar Pöysti. Since then Mikado has been made several times in different settings. The work is always recorded on site, usually together with a local actor in the local language.

Mikado has been made for following places:

Confusion in her eyes that says it all, Maria Stenfors, London, UK, 2014
Nouvelles Vagues: The Black Moon, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France, 2013
Noorderzon, International Performing Arts Festival, Groningen, Holland, 2012
Baltoscandal, International Theatre Festival, Rakvere, Estonia, 2012
Intersección, Santiago a Mil, Centro Gabriela Mistral, Santiago, Chile, 2012
Meteor 2011, International Theatre Festival, Bergen, Norway, 2011
Fast, International Festival of Contemporary Arts, Terni, Italy, 2011
Homo Novus, International Festival of Contemporary Theatre, Riga, Latvia, 2011
Festival Divadelna Nitra, International Theatre Festival, Nitra, Slovakia, 2011
Santarcangelo 41, International Theatre Festival, Santarcangelo, Italy, 2011
Intersection: Intimacy and Spectacle, Prague Quadrennial, Prague, Czech Republik, 2011
Mikado, The Pigeon Wing, London, UK, 2011
New Beginnings, Open House, Iaspis, Stockholm, Sweden, 2010
Bastard, International Theatre Festival, Avant Garden, Trondheim, Norway, 2010
Recent Acquisitions, Amos Anderson Art Museum, Helsinki, Finland, 2009
Tänk på döden, MAP – Mobile Art Production, Culture Festival in Stockholm, Sweden, 2009
Mikado, Kluuvi Gallery, Helsinki City Art Museum, Finland, 2009

To see different versions of Mikado follow this LINK.

A Site-Specific version of Mikado was made for the Mobile Art Production exhibition Tänk på Döden (Think About Death) in Stockholm 2009. More information on that version can be read from HERE.

Technical support:
Sami Suihkonen