Group exhibition, Hands, Akademie der Künste der Welt, Köln
curated by Madhusree Dutta, Ala Younis
A timeline or calendar measures time from a moment or instance that is agreed upon as the beginning of an epoch – the
birth of Christ/Common Era, position of the moon, the beginning of Expressionism, etc. There are many local or regional
methods of measuring time that are substantially different from the Gregorian calendar of BC/AD, which is observed.
Erek gifts us a new device to measure time away from these foci of certain religious significance, localized cycle of nature or perception of historical events. Ruler COVID-19 Calendar is a glass ruler that places 2020 as the year zero – the base point from where the measurement of a new era would begin. This ruler is meant to be a tool for drawing a subjective and contemporary timeline, or to be looked at and contemplated. It contains the potential of enrichment in somebody else’s hands with a pencil and paper.
Edition: 20 similar but unique objects
The text is taken from the exhibition catalogue.