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.


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The Homunculus Collection

Fertile Field for Fertility (2014) – Carla Castiajo (1974)

International Group Exhibition Explores Concept of Artificial Human Life

What is a homunculus and why are you collecting them? Homunculus (Latin for little man) is a term used in the Middle Ages for artificially created human life. Alchemists believed they could artificially create human beings under the right conditions. Human seed / semen was believed to contain miniature humans that could be grown in the soil or a laboratory. The myth of the homunculus is present in works from Faust to Frankenstein.

The concept of the homunculus poses questions about the creation of artificial human life, and the dualism that separates the mind from the body and the virtual from the material. Seven artists from America, Estonia, France, Iceland, Portugal and Spain explore the theme of homunculi in this temporary, contemporary art collection.

The exhibition takes place at Hobusepea Gallery in Tallinn’s Old Town. The opening at 18:00 on Wednesday, August 13th will feature artist talks by Icelandic artist Hekla Dögg Jónsdóttir and American artist Michael Sell.

The artists participating in The Homunculus Collection include: Carla Castiajo, Hekla Dögg Jónsdóttir, Laura Kuusk, Camille Laurelli,Carlos Lazarich, Sten Saarits and Michael Sell The exhibition is curated by Stacey Koosel a doctoral candidate at the Department of Art and Design at the Estonian Academy of Arts.

Exhibition Info:

13.08 – 01.09 2014 at Hobusepea Gallery

Special Events Info:

13.08.2014 18.00 Artist & Curator Talk

This exhibition was made possible through support by:

The Cultural Endowment of Estonia, KUNO, The Oregon Arts Commission, Embajada De Espana En Estonia, The Estonian Academy of Arts, Vladimir Smirnov & Konstantine Sorokin Foundation, The Embassy of the United States of America

Location: Hobusepea Gallery, Hobusepea 2 Tallinn

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