The Mineral Cabinet of Pietari Skytta, or Balancing the Stone
sound 'sauna', mineral library, video (HD microscopy)
Titanik Gallery, Turku, Finland. 2016

"Every space is filled, every interstices occupied. Even metal has insinuated itself into the cells and channels from which life has long since disappeared. Compact and insensible matter has replaced the other kind in its last refuge, taking over its exact shapes, running in its finest channels, so that the first image is set down forever in the great album of the ages. The writer has disappeared, but each flourish—evidence of a different miracle—remains, an immortal signature."

“This sort of coincidence is not an illusion; it is a warning, a signal. It bears witness to the fact that the tissue of the universe is continuous, and that in the vast labyrinth of the world there is no point where apparently incompatible paths, from antipodes much farther apart than those of geography, may not intersect in some common stela, bearing the same symbols and commemorating unfathomable yet complementary pieties.”

“We have here a universe of scrolls, branches, pleura; from them flayed countenances emerge, muscles laid open in their cavities of bone. There are lopped-off breasts, the mutilation twisting the raspberry nipples aside; there are the bodies of frogs, crucified by the galvanic current, their limbs splayed out by the shock, their skin turned blue and flabby by the violence of the spasm." Roger Caillois, The Writing of the Stones

Thank you
Pietari Skyttä of the University of Turku, Department of Geology and Geography
Eero Linjama & Jukka Juvonen of the Arts Academie of Turku University
Jukka Pietila, Musical Director of Turun Tuomiokirkko (oldest cathedral in Finland)