BRILLIANT Installation

Know Thyself

Finola Finn (UK)


A throbbing red heart illuminated inside The Count’s House.

Suspended, it grew stronger and brighter, weaker and dimmer – in time with the corresponding sound of a slow, low, abstract heartbeat.

Drawing on 17th-century imagery and the ancient proverb ‘Know Thyself’, this installation questioned where our sense of self lies. In our hearts, our heads, or not in the body at all?

Know Thyself was commissioned as part of the Lumiere Durham 2017 BRILLIANT competition for anyone based in or originally from the North East with a bright idea for an installation.



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