Miska Knapek

kiasma cafe north

The work shows a spatiotemporal view of the life in a central Helsinki (Finland) cafe. Twenty-two hours, from 00:00 to 22:00, of a late summer day have been captured and are retold. Time, in one of the single images, flows from top to bottom. On the first image, it is 00:00 at the top of the image, and 22:00 at the bottom. As the animation proceeds, time is moved as if on a cyclical paper roll, moving downwards. Whereas ‘normal’ photography captures the life of the instant, spatiotemporal techniques carry many instants’, and so society’s, stories. Natural and social cycles imprint themselves as ‘visual noise’. People’s sleeping, waking, travelling, lunching, returning, evening, relaxing and sleeping, appear as obscure visual phenomena.

Miska Knapek is an artist designer, with a past in Graphic Information Design (BA) and graduate studies in artistic interaction design, currently based in Helsinki, FInland. He explores chaotic patterns and challenging fundamental perceptions of society, optics, time, and space. Applying information visualisation techniques, to photographic/sensory/ datamined material, Knapek’s work traces the hidden lives of nature, society and people’s immediate personal surrounds. His work has been exhibited internationally, including at Ars Electronica and Transmediale.