Jani Ruscica: Lighthouse


Jani Ruscica (b. 1978) is a Helsinki-based artist who often in his works explores the relationship between time and place. His installation Lighthouse which can be found in Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova's Takkahuone gallery studies the essence and borders of the virtual and physical world.

The artwork is a 3D-animation, a digital image of a building that is tied together with navigation. Ruscica's interest in the past and historical layers of time can be seen in the artwork and its execution. A lighthouse as a relic of the old world without purpose in the modern society still today carries many ideas of security, one's attachment to a location and travelling. The architectonics of the artwork is emphasized by the work being installed in Takkahuone with the help of scaffolding. Thus Lighthouse becomes a physical part of the room. The gallery's location at the upper floor of the old Rettig palace and the picturesque view over River Aura give the final touch on the viewer's awareness of the size and location of the artwork.

For a few days, the sister work of Lighthouse, Foghorn, can be seen in Galerie Anhava, Helsinki. Foghorn is exhibited at the same time as Lighthouse; two buildings or structures which normally would co-exist side by side are now placed at a great geographical distance in two different cities. The artworks on display belong to Ruscica's current work in progress Conversation in Pieces which focuses on the interaction between different fields of art and science.

In addition to his exhibitions in Finland, Ruscica's artworks have been shown e.g. in Stockholm, Milan and London. His video screenings have been displayed at the Pompidou Centre of Paris, London's TATE Modern and MoMA, New York. In January 2013 the first monography focusing on Ruscica's art titled Jani Ruscica: Anecdotal was published.