We are touched, shocked, amazed and scared by the news we read in the paper. We read about events which evoke disgust and anxiety in us. Fear. We hold the world in our hands, but from a safe distance.
Sublime interpretations is a multidisciplinary art project by visual artist Pauliina Pesonen and writer Jolin Slotte. The temporary influence and apparent objectivity of the news are questioned and discussed. When following the neverending newsfeed Pesonen and Slotte are in search of the sublime experience.
In the words of Edmund Burke the sublime is the strong and overwhelming emotional state that overpowers us when we from a safe distance observe something that frightens us and at the same time excites us.
“Whatever is fitted in any sort to excite the ideas of pain, and danger, that is to say, whatever is in any sort terrible, or is conversant about terrible objects, or operates in a manner analogous to terror, is a source of the sublime; that is it is productive of the strongest emotion which the mind is capable of feeling.”
Edmund Burke, A philosophical Enquiry Into The Origin Of Our Ideas Of The Sublime And Beautiful (1757)
Pauliina Pesonen is a visual artist who lives and works in Veikkola, Finland.
Jolin Slotte is an author who lives and works in Siuntio. They are both born and raised in Kokkola, Finland.
Sublime interpretations is a multidisciplinary project, a virtual exhibition, a performance and an art exhibition.
Every sixth day of the month new interpretations and works are put on display at