Time Travelers: Archaeology of Time

Time Travelers: Archaeology of Time




02:29 – 02:29



9 – 17 September 2023
MUU Helsinki Contemporary Art Centre
Cable Factory, Tallberginkatu 1 C, Helsinki
Open: Tue-Fri 12-17, Sat-Sun 12-16

The exhibition opening Friday, 8 September, from 5 to 7 pm. Welcome!
Opening remarks: Juhani Räisänen, Chairperson of MUU ry

What will future archaeologists discover about our era? 
How will they interpret and misinterpret our time? What recording methods will they think we used,
and what will be left of us?

The Archaeology of Time exhibition features videos, installations, photographs, sound works, and performances exploring the human relationship with objects and the material world. Everyday objects have a relationship with time, both in the past and future.

The working group explores these objects and their material relationships from an imaginary future by deconstructing, reassembling, sorting, archiving, laminating, and making them strange. As a result, displayed installations and videos aim to capture something of the ever-evolving time

The exhibition visitors can also laminate their own time samples and add them to the installation on Sunday, September 10th, Tuesday, 12th, and Wednesday, 13th, from 1 pm to 2 pm.


Before arriving at MUU Helsinki, The Time Travelers project took two different forms. First, a workshop on objects and materials at The University of the Arts Helsinki Research Pavilion in August 2021, took place in the Hietaniemi Pavilion. Later, it became a performance on the guest program at the theatre Viirus in February 2022.

Markus Heino has worked in interdisciplinary art and scientific groups, and since 2018 Heino has been a member of the Fern Orchestra collective. The latest collaboration with Pori Dance Company combines the recent urban history and botanical art. Works exploring the connections between sound and organic materials are displayed at the Sibelius Museum Per Kalm exhibition in Turku and the Gallery Uusi Kipinä Gardens exhibition in Lahti.

Tomi Humalisto is an artist, researcher and professor of lighting design who creates installations and light art. He also produces performance concepts, lighting designs, and sets in various performance and artwork formats. Humalisto is interested in the relationship between knowledge and fiction, the materiality of light and the imaginary realities of science fiction and movies.

Pilvi Porkola is a performance artist, researcher, and writer who has created numerous performance art pieces and videos in Finland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Germany, and New Zealand. Her interest lies in everyday aesthetics and materiality. Porkola has edited several books, including Performance Artist’s Workbook On teaching and learning performance art – essays and exercises (Uniarts 2017). Porkola is a researcher at the University of the Arts in Helsinki.

MUU is supported by the Arts Promotion Centre Finland (Taike) and the City of Helsinki.
The Finnish Heritage Agency (Museovirasto) has supported MUU’s exhibition program. 

Sat 09 Sep 2023 – 17 Sep 2023 Closed today



Tallberginkatu 1 C,
00180 Helsinki