Hive Mind

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“Hive Mind” is a group show that will features works by Anna Estarriola, Pia Siren, Yassine Khaled and Riikka Hyvönen. “Hive Mind” is an exhibition that exists in two separate spaces at the same time, with works by the same artists mirroring each other in Art Hall Gallery and Tallinn City Gallery. The exhibition uses thought provoking artworks to raise questions about consciousness, communication, perception, judgement, emotions and how we experience these things.

In the spring of 2016 curator Stacey Koosel conducted a research trip to the University of the Arts Helsinki and the Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art where she met with Finnish curators and artists to gather information about prevalent conceptual trends in Finnish contemporary art. A recurring theme was the concept of ‘hive mind’ or ‘manufactured experience’, questioning the artificial or man-made nature of experience and knowledge. When bees or birds swarm they move together as a mass, each individual seems to know which way the group is moving instinctively as one collective mind. In humans we refer to this phenomena as mass consciousness or hive mind. Hive mind is shaped through collective thought and manufactured experiences that can include everything in day-to-day life from the strategic layout of the grocery store to sharing similar opinions with others – at its core, it’s the way you are supposed to see things.

“Hive Mind” brings two large scale installations by the celebrated Helsinki based artist Anna Estarriola and will show one of her best known works “Emerging Thoughts” a giant head complete with knitted hat murmuring with internal dialogue, on loan from Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art. Pia Siren will construct two new works, one at the Kunstihoone Gallery a 70 sq meter immersive forest installation, and another at Tallinn City Gallery. Yassine Khaled’s works stares down xenophobia and racial discrimination by using technology to create face to face communication in ‘Monitor Man’. Riikka Hyvönen’s internationally renowned series of sculpture meets paintings with psychedelic bruised butts ‘Roller Derby Kisses’ also debuts in Tallinn with five of her works split between the two galleries.

Hive Mind introduces the Estonian audience to new and exciting conceptual trends in Finnish contemporary art, and brings some the finest and most exciting young artists

Anna Estarriola (b.1980) is a Catalan artist who lives and works in Helsinki since 2004.Her practice involves exchanges and interactions between visual and media arts with performing arts and technology. The themes of her work revolve around the perception of reality, individual and communal behavior, communication and ways to approach the unknown. Her works are included in the collections of Kiasma, Museum of Contemporary Art / Finnish National Gallery, Emma Museum, Saastamoinen Foundation, Pori Art Museum and Amos Rex Art Museum.

Pia Sirén (b.1982) is a Finnish artist working mainly with large-scale temporary installations. She reconstructs natural landscapes using artificial materials, from plastics, tarpaulins and ropes to ladders, scaffolding and bricks, reflecting on temporary and ephemeral components of urban nature. The materials of her landscapes can be demolished and reused over and over again, each time in a different space and context. In 2013 she was awarded the Young Artist’s Prize by Maecenas Kilta. Sirén lives and works in Loviisa, Finland.

Yassine Khaled (b.1988) is a Moroccan visual artist based in Helsinki. His sculptures, installations, performances, paintings, and videos focus on the disparity between the power and wealth of some, and the powerlessness and poverty of others in our globalized world.
Khaled was born, raised, and received his artistic training in Morocco and lives and currently works in Helsinki; this geographic and cultural shift has had an evident impact on his work. His work Monitor Man received an honorary mention at Prix Ars Electronica 2018, in Austria.

Riikka Hyvönen (b.1982) is a London based visual artist. Renowned for her mesmerizing series “Roller Derby Kisses” with bruises sculpted and painted as mini galaxies on leathery bottoms. Hyvönen has embraced different subcultures after growing up in Lapland. In addition to a proper dose of wood, leather and glitter, Hyvönen’s unapologetically kitsch and camp art usually demands her quite meticulous persistence with the paintbrush, as well as stable hands with the jigsaw.
Hive Mind

Tallinn Art Hall Gallery and City Gallery
Curator Stacey Koosel
September 1 – October 14

Hive Mind is made possible by the support of Frame Finland, the Finnish Institute, Peri AS, Viking Line, Koda Stay, Warren Safety, Heyday Organics and Euroalused.

In Collaboration with Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art.

 

Exhibition View Photos: Karel Koplimets, Tallinna Kunstihoone

 

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Estonian Art 2/2018

The Baltic Issue

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In this issue of Estonian Art we focus on Baltic art, design, and architecture.

For Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania, 2018 marks a century since their first declaration of independence. To celebrate their centennials and explore the cultural ties between these three Baltic nations, we have dedicated this as a special issue where we look at not just present collaborations in the fields of art, design, and architecture, but also on landmark historical cultural collaborations.

In art, Inga Lāce writes about Latvian/Estonian artist Diana Tamane in Diana Tamane: Jet Lag. In The Value of Wilderness, Auguste Petre reviews the exhibition “Wild Souls. Symbolism in the Baltic States” at the Orsay Museum in Paris. Mai Levin traces the Baltic roots of the Tallinn Print Triennial for its 50th anniversary in Tallinn Graphic Art Triennials Up to the 1990s. Keiu Krikmann reviews the Tallinn exhibition of the Baltic Triennial in Haunted at the Body Party, which for the first time was organized in the three Baltic capitals: Vilnius, Tallinn, and Riga. The current flurry of Baltic artistic collaborations at the first ever Riga Biennial (RIBOCA), the Baltic Triennial 13 and the second Riga Photography Biennale are captured in four visual essays by Merike Estna, Young Boy Dancing Group, Reinis Hofmanis & Margus Tamm and Sandra Jõgeva.

In design, Karolina Jakaite explores proto design in Soviet Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania in Design by Another Name. In architecture, Triin Ojari writes about The Baltic Pavilion at the Paris World EXPO in 1937, and Johan Tali looks back on the The Baltic Pavilion in Venice in 2016. In books, Paul Paper shares his Top Ten Books.

 

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The Architecture Issue

Estonian Art magazine published its first ever architecture devoted issue – that will be distributed by the Estonian Center for Architecture at the Venice Architecture Biennale.

Estonian Art 1/2018 focuses on  architecture, urbanism and the public sphere. It was made in collaborated with the Estonian Center for Architecture and the architecture curators going to Venice this spring. Tadeáš Říha, Laura Linsi and Roland Reemaa are three young architects who will represent Estonia at the 16th Venice Architecture Biennale with the project Weak Monument. Tüüne-Kristin Vaikla interviews the curatorial trio in “Sensitive Interventions in Venice”. The inspiration behind the Venice Biennale project is traced in Tadeáš Říha’s article “Weakness in Architecture” based on his research into the philosophical topic. Gregor Taul’s “Free Some Space for Weak Monuments” demonstrates how monuments can become memories and Francisco Martinez’s “Architectural Taxidermy” ponders the repurposing of obsolete spaces.

The Weak Monument theme is further explored in specially commissioned visual essays by Tõnu Tunnel with “Is a Monument Land Stuck in Time?”, Dénes Farkas’s “Monument” and Paco Ulman’s “C:\Works\2017\Kuressaare”. Estonian architecture is presented in bite-sized morsels in Carl-Dag Lige’s “Mini Architecture Histories” sampled from his popular Instagram account. Julia Hinderink interviews Sille Pihlak and Siim Tuksam of PART (Practice for Architecture Research and Theory) in “New Kids On the Block”. Karin Bachmann talks about the newest wave of green urban planning in “The New Modernity of the Urban Thicket” and Villem Tomiste gives us a peek into what’s coming next in “Looking Forward to the 5th Tallinn Architecture Biennial”.   

Estonian Art is a magazine dedicated to promoting Estonian art, design and architecture that has been published by the Estonian Institute since 1997. Estonian Art 1/2018 was supported by the Estonian Center for Architecture and Estonia’s centenary programme Estonia 100.

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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 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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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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