Abrazos (Halaukset)

Kinetic installation with reed, wool and recycled motors 60cm x 40cm x 160cm

Made in collaboration with Renzo Signori from the Koyne Programm as part of the Sourth-North-Circuit (SNC) Project. 

The movement of the piece is a very slow one, almost unnoticeable. With a very slow velocity the reeds move back and forward, existing and changing at their own time and asking to the viewer to take the time to stop and notice. This piece wants to reflect about geological time, human time, artificial time and their relationship. 

‘Abrazos (Halaukset)’ was born in the island of Örö @oresresidency in september 2022 as part of the North-South-Circuit Programm. It evolved then as a collaboration with @koyne.circuit . Heart of peruvian recycled motors and body of finnish sedges, this kinetic weaving was presented in @maatilaprojectspace in Helsinki last april as part of the group exhibition ‘Observatorium’. 

Timelapse approach of Abrazos (Halaukset)

By using the photographic technique of taking a sequence of frames at set intervals to record changes that occur slowly over time, the simultaneous representation of three levels of time can be seen in this video.

The first of them is geological time, which is represented through the choreographic movement of the reeds, which move to the beat of their own rhythm. The representation of geological time helps us to identify non-human processes and the possible distortion in our temporal perception from our human reference. 

It’s interesting to note that when frames are displayed at geological speed, the action appears much faster than our human perception might initially capture.

The second level of time is human time, which is related to the natural rhythm of actions carried out by human beings. Many times, we are used to perceiving phenomena within this time frame. However, restricting our understanding of reality solely to the measurement of human time can be misleading, since there are processes and phenomena that develop on different time scales.

Lastly, there is artificial time, which is created by human intervention and is represented in this case by the artifact of a machine made up of moving motors and guides. This object, made up of a set of pieces and manufactured for a specific purpose, acts as a mediator between the idea of geological time and human action.

This shows us how technology allows us to manipulate and experiment with time in ways that are different from purely human perception. This approach invites us to reflect on our perceptions and understandings of time, revealing the diversity of time scales in which natural and human phenomena develop.

Text by curator Renzo Signori, Koyne Program

Video by artist Sofia Magdits, SNC