Estonian Art 2/2017

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Estonian Art Goes to Bozar in Brussels

Estonian Art 2/2017 focuses on screen-based art and will be distributed at BOZAR, the Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels to accompany an exhibition of Estonian video art. In September (14.09 – 12.11.2017) “The Archaeology of the Screen: The Estonian Example”, curated by Eha Komissarov, will open at BOZAR. The exhibition explores the relationship between art and new media and includes works by Paul Kuimet, Taavi Suisalu, Marge Monko, Sigrid Viir, Ivar Veermäe, Tõnis Vint, Yuri Sobolev and Katja Novitskova.

The exhibition at BOZAR coincides with the move of the Presidency of the Council of the European Union to Estonia, Estonia’s celebration of its centennial in 2018 (EV100), and the opening of a new wing of BOZAR focused on media art – BOZAR Lab. Estonian Art delves into the medium of the screen in contemporary art with texts by Raivo Kelomees, Andres Lõo, Ragne Nukk, Nithikul Nimkulrat and Eha Komissarov. There are visual essays by Marge Monko and Taavi Suisalu.

This issue of Estonian Art also includes articles on design, books and architecture, with a special nod to Belgian/Estonian architectural collaborations and the Tallinn Architecture Biennale opening this September articles by Eve Arpo, Triin Männik and Gregor Taul.

Estonian Art celebrates its 20th anniversary this year (1997-2017) with a special publication that launches at Kumu this November (15.11.2017) and international locations later this year. The 20th anniversary publication of Estonian Art will include portraits of Estonian artists by Mark Raidpere, with a visual preview included in this issue.

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Estonian Art 1/2016

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ESTONIAN ART’S 2016 MAGAZINE, WEBSITE and LAUNCH PARTY

The 2016 Issue of Estonian Art Magazine Focuses on Art Publishing in Estonia

 Estonian Art is an English language art magazine published by the Estonian Institute, since 1997. This issue of Estonian Art focuses on the phenomena of art publishing in Estonia.

The rise of independent book publishers run by and for the artistic community, have become a notable trend in how contemporary Estonian art and design is conceptualized and distributed both locally and internationally. From the Lugemik Bookshop in the yard of the Contemporary Art Museum of Estonia in Tallinn to ;paranoia publishing group ltd’s bookshop in Tartu Art Museum – art publishers in Estonia have reconfigured the current cultural climate. Estonian Art magazine traces the lifeline of the art publication from concept and design to the publishing house floor. The story of art publishing in Estonia is told by eight authors.

Marika Agu talks to Kiwa about ;paranoia publishing and considers the effects of ;paranoia publishing group ltd. Ott Kagovere writes about Lugemik and graphic design in Estonia. Martin Rünk talks to the editors of the multi-media publication project New Material and New Number. Andreas Trossek, editor of Estonia’s oldest art magazine talks about KUNST.EE and the digital Turn. Laura Kuusk and Pascale Riou speak about the “Side Effects” book and projects, and there is a photo essay by Liina Siib on Tallinn Book Printers.

The issue also contains articles about Estonian architecture, design and art history.

Estonian Art magazine is internationally distributed to arts institutions in over twenty countries as well as locally to all major arts institutions in Estonia. Estonian Art is also now online, with its own website and social media presence at www.estonianart.ee

Estonian Art magazine will celebrate the new issue with a launch party open to the public on Friday, October 28th at EKKM Kohvik (Põhja pst 35) at 18:00.

New issue coming out in April 2017!

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The Hypnotist Collector: An Estonian/Spanish Art Exchange

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“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.”

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The Digital Turn

The Digital Turn

Book Synopsis

“By combining the analysis of the new forms and environments of the digital world with critical scholarship of the role of the users, this book argues that cultural field is facing a challenge of the digital turn. The digital turn hereby implies that changes in the use and application of digital technology bring on changes in practice and in the relationships between cultural institutions and audiences. We approach the changes in society from the structural (institutional) as well as from the agential (audiences, users, individuals) perspective. The authors represented in this book share the view that there is no need to fear the new media pushing aside traditional cultural forms, acknowledging at the same time that the scope of this cultural change is far from understood.”