Last night I caught the end of Modern Times Forever (Stora Enso Building, Helsinki). This exceptionally long film (240 hours) by the Danish art group Superflex shows the disintegration of one of Helsinki’s most iconic buildings, Alvar Aalto‘s 1962 Stora Enso building (visible to the left of the screen in the pictures below).
Nicknamed “the sugar cube” for its high Modernist pure white Carrara marble exterior, the building has spurred intense responses–both positive and negative–among Helsinki’s residents. As the slow destruction of this historic landmark unfurls within view of the existing structure, the film functions like a memento mori–a reminder of the fragility and transiency of life.
The installation was part of the IHME Contemporary Art Festival in Helsinki.