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The House of Khronos

IC-98 (Visa Suonpää and Patrik Söderlund) | 2016–2017

House of Khronos is a conceptual work of environmental art located in Ortenoja in the municipality of Pöytyä in southwest Finland. Consisting of a property closed off to visitors by a gateless chain link fence, the work is an exploration of time and its impact on nature and the built environment. The artists donated the work to the municipality of Pöytyä on 26 October 2016. The House of Khronos is located at Pöytäsuontie 368 and is part of the cultural history trail in Pöytyä.

The closed off area consists of a former residential building and its plot. The area of the plot is 2003 square metres. Before the fence was put up, historic and landscape surveys of the property were carried out, and the flora and fauna in the area were inventoried and documented. Geological and archaeological surveys were also made. The fenced-off area is left untouched and without any maintenance or upkeep. The buildings are left to decay in peace and the plants to conquer the land. Over the centuries nature will take over the entire area and the building.

The integrity of the property is protected by official permits and agreements. The aim is to create a preserve, a no-man’s land free of human presence. Conservation status for the site was applied for under the Act on the Protection of Built Heritage and the Nature Conservation Act, but both applications were rejected by the Southwest Finland ELY Centre. The municipality of Pöytyä has committed to preserving the site and buildings.

Khronos is the ancient god of time, death and rebirth. When Khronos moves into a house, it becomes the god’s dwelling place, an area forbidden to humans where pure time reigns.

Artist duo IC-98 (Visa Suonpää, b. 1968 and Patrik Söderlund, b. 1974) was founded in 1998. Their output includes artist books, animations, films and public works of art. In recent years IC-98 have explored themes relating to the future and to post-human time.

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A virtual reality environment of the House of Khronos was produced as an artistic, conceptual and political documentation of the site. The virtual reality environment can be experienced in the gallery at Lönnström Home Museum and in the Luontokapinetti environmental information centre in Pöytyä. It can also be downloaded for free to be used with computer or mobile device.

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Virtual Reality Environment

A virtual reality environment of the House of Khronos was produced in 2018. Based on scientific surveys made of the property, it is an artistic, conceptual and political documentation of the site. The VR representation is a visual modelling of the site, complete with buildings and artefacts, as well as plants and animals. The buildings’ interiors were not documented. There are nine locations in the VR space that you can visit. Each location can be experienced in either spring or summer, day or night, or at an undefined future date in the 2060s. The version with texts provides information about the plants, animals, objects and buildings on the property, The textless version is a more immersive experience. The VR environment is available in Finnish and English. The VR model was produced by IC-98 in collaboration with the Morrow Games studio.

The virtual reality environment can be experienced in the gallery at Lönnström Home Museum and in the Luontokapinetti environmental information centre in Pöytyä. It can also be downloaded for free to be used with the HTC Vive VR system. To use the system, install Steam ja Steam VR on your computer. For mobile devices, you can download a free app by searching House of Khronos.

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Still image of the House of Khronos VR.