Estonian Art 1/2017


Estonian Art Focuses on Katja Novitskova and Post-Internet Art 

In homage to the internationally acclaimed Estonian artist Katja Novitskova representing Estonia with ‘If Only You Could See What I’ve Seen with 
Your Eyes’
 at the 57th Venice Biennale, we dig into the influential international art movement known as post-internet art. We trace the movement’s past, present and future while covering exciting new ground in contemporary art, design and architecture. Post-internet art can be defined as all art that has been influenced by network culture and acknowledges the influence of the cyber, the digital and the glowing, pervasive screen.
Themes of post-apocalyptic survival, the Anthropocene and the ubiquitous post-internet fern come together in a movement that merges art with design and the virtual with the tangible.
The post-internet movement and its wake are approached from different angles with articles and specially commissioned visual essays by seventeen authors: Katja Novitskova chats with Jaakko Pallasvuo about the imposter syndrome and mushrooms, Eva-Erle Lilleaed traces Novitskova’s animals and oeuvre, and Kati Ilves talks about If Only You Could See What I’ve Seen with Your Eyes. In an Estonian-Lithuanian cultural exchange, Konstanet founder Keiu Krikmann writes about Pakui Hardware, and Pakui Hardware’s Neringa Černiauskaitė writes about Konstanet.


In design, Ott Kagovere considers the trolling elements of post-internet graphic design, Sofia Hallik writes about cybernetic influences and Kaarin Kivirähk captures the present moment in post-internet fashion. Martin Rünk talks to Kristina Õllek and Kert Viiart about EXHIBIT_ONSCROLL. Pau Wealder gives an international perspective on Spanish post-internet art practices, while Raivo Kelomees gives an art history lesson, tracing 90s net-art to the post-internet movement with a post-modern glossary of contradictory terms. Mikk Madisson and Rainar Aasrand chronicle how SKATKA reveals the seedy underbelly of e-utopias.

There are two visual essays in this issue by Norman Orro and Kristina Õllek & Kert Viiart based on their Instagram exhibition @exhibit_onscroll.

The issue also contains articles about Estonian architecture and design.


The new issue of Estonian Art will come out in September of 2017!

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Stacey Koosel’s PhD thesis is a collection of articles that explore the effects of social media on personal identity.

The communication of identity narratives online has become abundant with the increasing popularity of social media. Social media enables users to build profiles based on their personal identities, making identity play a primary source of entertainment in the information age.

Topics such as privacy, ethical use of information, authenticity, social control, self-expression, self-censorship and other media affordances have all, subsequently, become important issues. The topic of ‘identity’ is used as a framework through which social media use can be analysed. The cultural phenomenon of digital identity is explored in a collection of seven articles using different approaches, including media ecology, the philosophy of technology, virtual ethnography and artistic research.

The articles raise questions about the ideology of identity creation in social media, by interviewing artists on how they use Facebook, pointing out paradigm shifts and paradoxes in contemporary culture and the discussion of other research in the field of digital culture.

See uploaded dissertation file here:

The Regeotiated Self: Social Media’s Effects on Identity 

The Homunculus Collection


German silent film director Otto Ripert raised questions about the ethical consequences of creating artificial human life in a series of films called Homunculus (1916 – 1917). The plot of the Homunculus followed the life of a man who could not feel love. When the Homunculus discovers he was artificially created and did not have a soul, he decides to set the world on fire – but changes his plans when he realizes becoming a political despot would be better revenge on humanity.

August 13th – September 1st

Hobusepea Gallery

Tallinn, Estonia

Wednesday August 13th

Exhibition Opening & Artist Talk 18.00

Featuring Works By:







Curated by:

 Stacey Koosel (CA/ EE)

The Hypnotist Collector: An Estonian/Spanish Art Exchange


“Estonia and Spain are separated by thousands of kilometers. As geographically opposite poles of heterogeneous Europe – North and South – they possess very different historical, cultural and artistic trajectories. Until a little less than two decades ago, they belonged to different worlds with the Estonian Soviet Socialist Republic hidden behind the Iron Curtain in the Eastern Bloc, and Spain aligned with the seemingly capitalist and democratic ideals of the Western Bloc of Europe. On an artistic level, a superficial glance at this world of the early 1980s, divided into blocs, would set Estonia in the framework of official socialist state commissioned art linked to the occupying Soviet regime, and Spain into a production framework linked to the logics of postmodernism as a dominant cultural paradigm. While there is some truth in this simplistic vision, it requires certain historical nuances with artistic freedom as the litmus test that reveals the everyday reality of different social conditions.”

See full article in English and Spanish at:




NODEM 2013


NODEM 2013 Sweden

Beyond Control – The Collaborative Museum and its Challenges

December 1-3, 2013

Hilton Hotel, Slussen
Guldgränd 8 Box 15270, Stockholm

The Stockholm City Museum
Ryssgården, Slussen, Stockholm

The Museum of Medieval Stockholm
Strömparterren, Norrbro, Stockholm

December 1, 2013: Tours & exhibitions
December 2, 2013: Keynote sessions & reception
December 3, 2013: Special and thematic sessions, EXPO & Swedish Christmas dinner ‘Julbord’
December 4, 2013: Post conference tours & exhibitions

The overarching goal of NODEM 2013 – Beyond Control is to highlight and investigate a variety of challenges that museums and other culture-historical institutions are facing in an increasingly digital, and media saturated, landscape.

The aim of the conference is to bring together museum and heritage professionals (GLAM and heritage sector), innovation experts (universities, research and technology transfer centres, start-ups) and practitioners (SME sector) to enable discussion on the potential of collaboration and innovation.

For decades digital technologies have been considered by the museums as bringing rapid changes that create challenges for the museum work and practices. With the advent of the digital age, museum professionals must constantly focus on the consequences and re-evaluate the museum’s role, as knowledge and interpretative processes are co-created with audiences and other expertise centres. At the same time innovation experts are researching and designing novel interfaces and experiences. How do we bring these different perspectives and approaches?

This year’s edition focuses on: New conception of museums as public spaces and communication modes and interfaces. NODEM EXPO showcases the latest, cutting-edge products, exhibitions and services for museums, galleries and heritage sites.

Beyond Control is part of the NODEM Nordic Digital Excellence in Museums conference series under the stewardship of Interactive Institute Swedish ICT

NODEM Network of Design and Digital Heritage / Interactive Institute Swedish ICT
Swedish Exhibition Agency
Stockholm City Museum