Estonian Academy of Art: from yuppie ideals to hipster community

Estonian Academy of Art (EAA) is 100 years old. 2014 was the big anniversary year, but also the 10th and the last year of current rectorship as well as the year of an important decision: where the hell EAA is

Can you hear me? Failing communication in post-Soviet Lithuanian art

Lithuanian art life in the first decade of independence is often characterised with reference to the differences between the traditional and the new art spheres, the lingering Soviet and the emerging “liberal” approaches to culture management, and creative unions and

Children’s Art School as a Free Cultural Agent

According to The Law of Education of the Republic of Lithuania, the informal children’s education is defined as an education carried out through various programs aimed at meeting educational needs, qualification raising, and acquiring additional competence, except all the programs

Witnessing vs Language

“He was more a man of preferences than assumptions.” Herman Melville, Bartleby the Scrivener This text is a response and feeds upon a great text by Tomas Čiučelis: “Hypocritical Notes”. Some parts of this text should not be considered to simply

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

Baltics Gone Wrong

The curators of IV Artishok Biennale (henceforth AB) – a result of cooperation of artists and critics from Estonia and Latvia – comment on the status quo of art relations between Estonia and Latvia that are sympomatic to all three

Hypocritical Notes

What is going to be said here? What kind of lack, what kind of rarifaction would cause the words to come rushing in? And why start with this negativity of absence and lack, instead of relying on what has already

The Monolith Case: Vilnius Junction

There it is — an impenetrable and enigmatic intruder, immune to a commanding recognizability of its surroundings, immune to the expectations of puzzled spectators. It is simply out there in all its presence and givenness, inviting the gaze and returning

What era do we live in?

Post­- Post-­ Soviet? Art, Politics & Society in Russia at the turn of the Decade. Ed. by Marta Dziewańska, Ekaterina Degot & Ilya Budraitskis, Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, 2013 Book review We are writing a new art history! Such

Artist Mobility and the Baltic Cities: Revealing a Transnational Art World

Mobility is an important part of the everyday life and practice of artists. Many artists take part in short-term mobility in order to gain inspiration, form partnerships and contacts, and create networks and/or collaborations. Some of these pathways created through