When is now?
The themed exhibition deals with time as an experiential metric, and as duration perceptible through experience.
“Alice asked, How long is forever? The White Rabbit responded, Sometimes, just one second.”*
This dialogue between Alice and The White Rabbit aptly shows how perception of time is dependent on who is experiencing it and under what circumstances. The themed exhibition opening at WAM on Friday October 11 deals with time as an experiential metric, and as duration perceptible through experience. The exhibition feels around for how time is manifest, and through which phenomena it can be perceived and experienced. In speech, time runs, hurries, slows down and stops as if it were an actor whose movements could be followed. But just as you try to catch it, it escapes your reach.
As a hard-to-define concept time has given rise to heated and rambling conversations among philosophers, physicists as well as artists. Instead of any precise definitions, the exhibition offers different perspectives on time with the help of sculptures, photographs, performances and moving image works. The way days on this earth are divided into hours, minutes and seconds is entirely artificial, yet fundamentally affects our actions. The pendulum in the piece by Erno Pystynen plays around with the possibility of stopping time. The swings of second and minute hands, and the unseizing movement of the numbers on the display of a digital clock have strongly influenced the dominant phenomenon of haste, which is present in sculptures of Ilmari Gryta.
The video pieces by German artist Sebastian Stumpf and those by Santeri Tuori, as well as the installations of Heini Aho, all encompass an element that stretches time: anticipation. The layered character of time is an essential component of the practise of Australian artist Daniel Crooks. Various conceptions of time are ultimately based on observing the movements of celestial objects, and this provides the starting point for the meditative animation by Irish artist Grace Weir. Jenni Eskola on the other hand uses time as a medium in her subtle artworks, and like Mikko Rikala, is interested in the cyclical nature of time and long, durational processes.
In this day and age time is no longer tied to a place. We can instead be in many times and places simultaneously, something that has played a part in the fragmentation of time. In the piece by Pekko Vasantola, flash-like moments are transmitted to the viewer from different parts of the world in real time through open security cameras. Different social media channels also act as platforms for the presentation of cultural phenomena and art, something Leena Kela has made use of in her year-long performance.
In its entirety human habitation of this planet has been short. If we think of the time earth has existed as covering a single day, humans would have been around only for the last few seconds of it. The artist collective IC-98 has dealt with the limitations of linear time in their work, as well as considered what might come after anthropocentric conceptions of time. An awareness of the finite nature of time accentuates its significance and is something actively present in the ongoing discussion about the state of planet earth. This has a significant effect on how we understand our time and on how we act in the present moment.
Artists in the exhibition: Heini Aho, Daniel Crooks, Ilmari Gryta, Jenni Eskola, Kaisaleena Halinen,
IC-98, Kaarina Kaikkonen, Leena Kela, Erno Pystynen, Mikko Rikala, Sebastian Stumpf, Santeri Tuori, Pekko Vasantola, Grace Weir.
*Carlo Rovelli. Ajan luonne, 2018.
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Museum contact details
Wäinö Aaltonen Museum of Art
Itäinen Rantakatu 38, Turku
(02) 262 0850
Kesänäyttelyn ajan 12.6.–20.9.2020:
Käteinen, yleisimmät pankki- ja luottokortit. Smartum-, TYKY- ja Virike-kulttuurisetelit.
Closed 19.4., 1.5., 21.–23.6., 6.12., 24.–25.12., 31.12.–1.1. Open 20.6. 10:00–15:00.
Accessibility [the criteria]
- Accessible toilet
- Guided tours for special groups by request
- Restricted accessibility: Museoon on esteetön sisäänpääsy. Osaan näyttelytiloista (mm. WAMx) ei ole esteetöntä pääsyä. Museon kassalla on induktiosilmukka.
- Seating inside the exhibition
- Wheelchair on loan