Hypnotic Beauty of the Concept

Exhibition “A Guide to making a Genie” (Gallery “427”, 12.12.2014.–6.2.2015.) Wizardry next to the Church of Jesus in Riga – the biggest wooden building in Latvia; on the Eve of New Year, gallery “427” hosted one of the conceptually most

How Fišers’ exhibition scared me of the realness lying within myself

Miķelis Fišers’ Solo Exhibition “Disgrace” at Pauls Stradiņš Museum of the History of Medicine The exhibition is set at the Pauls Stradiņš Museum of the History of Medicine – one of the scariest places in Riga centre. I have no

Sculptures from the Digital Age: ‘Shift’ by Krists Pudzens

We are increasingly getting accustomed to seeing the technological clockwork hidden behind a sterile, functional shell. It is very rare to experience the techno-logic outside a computer lab or an assembly line – and to do it in a poetic,

The Strategy of Symbiosis, or Stasys Banifacius-Ieva in the Vernissages of Vilnius

I would like to begin this overview of the work of Stasys Banifacius-Ieva with my reflections on “Cathedral”—the play (dir. by Oskaras Koršunovas) I saw in The National Drama Theatre. The play “Cathedral”, written by one of the most prominent

Women Who Don’t Laugh

On Rasa Jansone’s personal exhibition “The Fog of Feeding” (Riga Art Space, 04.10-26.10.2014) and “To Art a Woman” (Art Academy of Latvia, 02.10.-24.10.2014, Curator: Elīna Ģibiete) “Wait, do we have to rape them all?” – these were the words by

The Artist Doesn’t Get His Hands Dirty: Visible Solutions and other impossible histories

‘There is no such thing as society’1 — Margaret Thatcher As I begin ticking the boxes on the ‘fax transaction’ of Estonian-based entrepreneurial collective Visible Solutions, the deadpan sincerity of this Limited Liability Company’s contact form seems deliberately reminiscent of

Idea photographic world: from the grain beyond the pixel in the twenty-first century

____________________ The Grain of Photography Kaunas Photography Gallery 25.IX.-22.X.2014 While no single scholarly history or publication yet exist that survey the formation of modern photography in Europe, modern ideas emerged in the early twentieth century throughout innovative forms of expression

Scattered Heritage: The Pioneer Camp of ReVision Seminar

The Forgotten Pioneer Movement (TFPM) is semantically grounded in the very last instance of collective experience under socialism: that of joining the mass youth organisations in various socialist countries, just before the fall of the Berlin wall and the dissolution

Culinary criticism: “The Amber Era” and Eriks Apaļais’s “Twigs”

Riga exhibition scene recalls sweet nostalgia Indrek Grigor suggests a tea cake and ice cream “The Amber Era” 19. SEPTEMBER – 26. OCTOBER. 2014 Museum of Decorative Arts and Design: Great Hall If you think that a proper food to

The Good, The Bad and The Impetuous

Martin Rünk looks back at the Polymer Culture Factory, which was active at 22 Madara Street in Tallinn from 2002 to 2014 The Polymer Culture Factory, known as one of the most long-lived independent cultural centres in Estonia, closed its

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