Kumu, April 2013 – multiple curatorial disorder

Covering Japanese animation, German clash art-design, and Estonian seminal solo, the contents of Kumu’s early-April offerings all exhibit symptoms of curatorial distress. Taken as one drawn out experience, as with any such institutional gluttony, the gallery goer comes away similarly

Collective adventures – to set up society less absurd than the system

The situation of contemporary architecture in Estonia is – as anywhere else – drawing from and feeding back into social, cross-disciplinary relations it builds on. To raise some of the under-discussed topics of this cyclic loop, it is vital to

Behind the Masks. Is There Such a Place?

THIS SIDE UP, a group exhibition by Liisi Eelmaa (b. 1982) and Minna Hint (b. 1981), was held in the Black Hall of the Sleeping Beauty Castle (Okasroosikese Loss, in Tallinn’s Old Town, 19 Uus Street) on 8 – 15

Fake it Till You Make it: from Aristotle to Estonia

I want to explore a philosophy, its journey and the workshop  based around this concept by asking participants to try, experiment and make. I’m speaking of “fake it till you make it”- the idea that someone can achieve their desires

The Millionth Global Container: There will be Blood

Since 2008 Global Container attendance has increased from twenty to several hundred and the after party has become slightly less depressive; naked, bloody and bodily art has receded into practiced and polished performances. Global Container is a, more or less,

Illegal Aesthetics: blowing the art out of Tallinn

Hijacking the Ptarmigan practice over the first quarter of 2013 is Illegal Aesthetics, an ongoing laboratory executed within the Migrating Art Academies framework www.migaa.eu, purse-snatching for interrogation the very scope of art’s social domain. How far can critique be constrained by

All Memories Are Political

I wrote about Saskia Järve first time in 2009 and also made an interview with her. Back then I described her as follows: „There is notable sense of presence in her works, and a certain glimpse to the world, always recognizable,

The myths of Andres Tali

Andres Tali’s (1956) exhibition “My heart burns forever (sketches on St. Rita)” affects from the first glimpse or even before – through the gallery’s display window. While most audience go to Tumblr, Youtube or similar pages for multimedia stimulation, it

Annual Exhibition of Tartu Artists

The annual exhibition of Tartu artists, functioning on the basis of an open call, is an old format not so common in the contemporary context. Traditionally the works selected by the jury formed the exhibition. This structure of free submission

The Museum Exhibits Itself: Archeology and the Future of Estonian Art Scenes

„Archeology and the Future of Estonian Art Scenes” (19.10.12 – 30.12.12) in KUMU is an exhibition assembled by four Estonian curators—Eha Komissarov, Kati Ilves, Rael Artel, and Hillka Hiiop—with the aim of giving an overview of contemporary Estonian art. To