In my previous life I was a DVD bootlegger
plexiglass, led lights, tv, aluminum 114x200x50cm 2020
Working on his Frieze installation “Hendrix Incident” in 2013, Karilampi wanted to convey a narrative through separate symbols and pictures, which he cut in vinyl and manually applied to a bathroom-sized mirror. The idea was to reflect a story and allow the audience to see themselves in the mirror, becoming one with the artwork. Karilampi’s further experiments with surfaces led him away from digital images on the computer screen towards the more frozen collages engraved in aluminium which became prototypes for the work in Tallinn. For “In my previous life I was a DVD bootlegger”, the artist engraved the back of a red mirror plexiglass sheet, effectively removing parts of reflective surface. The audience can see other motives and light revealed through the engraved shapes while also being reflected in the dark red mirror. Additionally, there is a screen mounted in the middle, confusing the boundaries between what is the frame and what is being framed. The video played on the screen mimics the flow of Karilampi’s Instagram stories where the humour often lies in the timing of the edited clips. The title of the work refers back to the artist’s childhood experiences going through his mother’s VHS tapes.