Photo © Maija Toivanen / HAM / Helsinki Biennial
`Eons and Instants´
Stones, soundless cracking agent, rock dust, spodumene, cobalt (CoO & CoAlZn), copper carbonate, zinc acetate, brass, steel, plastic, wood
Eons and Instants is a site-sensitive performative installation which, through its materials and inbuilt temporal processes of rocks slowly, over days, weeks and months, splitting, reflected on the military history of the island and the room it was installed in. Continuing its reflection on the notion of `maa´ (earth, ground, land, country in Finnish) it made connections with the mineral extraction that is needed for keeping up the modern way of life.
The piece was commissioned for Helsinki Biennial and created for the former gunpowder cellar, Alexander Battery on the Vallisaari island. The rocks were collected from the island shores, from areas where they´d been moved not so long ago. After the biennial they were returned to the same places.
The work was commissioned by HAM / Helsinki Biennial
Curated by Pirkko Siitari & Taru Tappola
Photo 1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 ©Maija Toivanen/HAM/Helsinki Biennial