Final Stage Textbulbs # V
P7t, Helsinki Finland 2022
Photos: Vincent Roumagnac/ Pt7
3 Wood frames
4 lightbulbs sandblasted by hand
Textile cables black, textile cable weaved in tones of red, porcelain lamp holders in black and red,
dimmers, carpet in dark blue
Text bulb I: I Can´t leave you
Text bulb II: I know
Text bulb III: But you can´t follow me
Text bulb IV: [Pause]
The text in this work is excerpted from Samuel Becketts Endgame
“The series “Textbulbs” was started in London in 2001. I was interested in investigating the lightbulb as a poetic space. In these works I carefully sandblast text onto lightbulbs, a delicate process in need of precision and concentration.
All texts in the series “Texbulbs” are excerpts from published works available also as books.
The works have a durational aspect beyond my control. The lightbulbs have a durational lifespan in
terms of how long they will give light. The works change as the bulb dies, but the bulbs will not be
replaced, but rather this offers a reference to how life is also fleeting.
In this new work I continue from the very first work made in this series, with text from Samuel Becketts “Waiting for Godot”, a work full of uncertainty and unclear futures, fitting well with the state of the world in the middle of a still ongoing pandemic.”