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Saija Kivikangas

Time Matter

Jätkä 1 14.4.-1.5. 2016

Saija Kivikangas
Time Matter
14 April – 1 May 2016
Galleria Huuto Jätkäsaari – Jätkä 1

Gallery is open also on Mondays 12-17 until first of May!
The exhibition is open also on 30 April and 1 May.
Artist meeting 1 May from 3 until 5 pm


Humanity is about being aware of awareness.
The birth of the concept of time, chronology and measurement of time are part of the emergence of the modern human and high culture. Understanding an expression of time is, thus, essential in the development of human consciousness.

Time does not exist without change.
Time measures change.
Change is something that happens in space.
When we talk about time, we always talk about space. Distance and time are defined with the help of each other. One second is a specific amount of vibration and one meter is a distance in space traveled by light in a time determined by a second.

When we look far into space, we look back in time. When looking deep into the Big Bang, cosmologists have noticed that the universe is getting smaller and smaller. Based on the laws of nature, we can say that at the time of the Big Bang the universe was in a very dense space that was smaller than a proton. It could be described as something like a black hole. Time emerged at the time of the Big Bang. Before the Big Bang there was no time.

Time is not just something that is physically measured, but it is also in a human’s emotional awareness. When we talk about time, I believe we should not contrast physically measured time with experienced time, but we should rather deal with them together. Asking what time feels like may not have anything to do with what time actually is, but asking how I feel is typical of humanity.

The theory of relativity proves that real, absolute time does not exist.
What actually is time? No one knows, but it is something that concerns all of us. We all have a place and time in this universe.

Could time have a structure just like it has laws?
How could this immaterial thing be depicted by means of painting?

People perceive and feel differently about time. For one person time awareness may take shape as a timeline and for another as a pendulum, spiral, cycle, mass, circle, four-dimensional cube or perhaps as arcs or as a combination thereof. The exhibition consists of various charts of possible physical structures of time. As the universe has no physical or locatable center, we could all think that the center is, for example, located at our navel. It is thus not wrong to think that these subjective experiences of time are also not universal.

The exhibition is based on and has been inspired by Roger Penrose’s theory of space-time singularities, Kari Enqvist and Eero Ojanen’s time-related lectures, subjective perceptions of time learned about through interviews as well as Radioateljee’s radio play Linnunradan rakastavaiset.

“The distance between two points is the length of a thought.”

SAIJA KIVIKANGAS, saija.kivikangas(at)gmail.com, tel. 050-303 6030