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Petteri Cederberg: Equibilirium

Equilibrium is created when opposing forces or influencers are of equal strength. Despite internal and external chaos, the entity will always end up in equilibrium. This soothing thought has been the starting point of the exhibition.

The chaotic and uncertain world situation of late has brought about harmony and balance, as contradictory as it may seem, at least between Europe and western countries. The world around us is in a state of crisis – there’s the pandemic, the war and, most recently, possible UFO sightings. At times, it feels as if we are living in a clumsy pulp fiction paperback book found in a discount bin. Humankind has reached a new stage in the development of artificial intelligence, and we are approaching the resulting technological singularity. Have humans rendered themselves unnecessary? Is humankind going to disappear?


The rate of change is tremendous and relentless. Fear of and hope for the future are locked in an eternal balancing act.

In my works, I try to connect with my subconscious and unconscious mind. I depict the connection between this experience and colour, shapes and sound. This results in unexpected sensuous experiences that I feel blur the lines of traditional art. The work approaches the unknown and the abstract. It invites the viewer to face their own subconscious and unconscious world. There are no right or wrong interpretations; each sincere reaction to the work is genuine.

The exhibition includes the hand-drawn stop-motion animation, ‘Equilibrium’, as well as serigraph prints created with still images of the animation.

Petteri Cederberg (b. 1976 in Espoo) is a visual artist working in Helsinki. His works examine the unconscious human mind and the subconscious logic of the brain. Cederberg mainly works in animation and drawing. He approaches his animations as living paintings or drawings instead of traditional film and its cinematic narrative expression. Animations depict the process of painting with successes and failures.

Cederberg earned his master’s degree in painting from the Academy of Fine Arts in 2011 and is a member of the Finnish Painters’ Union. He has held several solo and group exhibitions both in Finland and abroad. His works are included in the State Art Deposit Collection of Finland, the Helsinki Art Museum HAM collection and the collection of the City of Jyväskylä. Cederberg’s animations have been screened at several international film festivals.

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