Series 1 SQM of Old News
The artist processed the paper from four to five months of daily newspapers into wall sculptures of exactly one square metre. The dried paper pulp has cracked in several places, as if you are looking at a cross-section of the earth’s layers. Like an archaeologist you want to research it, looking for the long-forgotten breaking news. 1 SQM or Old News is a subtle commentary on the transience of the news, but above all an exciting insight: time is also stored in concrete terms in this material. By presenting it as a square metre, Akmar asks the question: what format should you use for the physical passage of time?
Text is a fragment of the essay ‘ Impossible bouquets: time congealed in material in Akmar’s art ‘written by Thomas van Huut