TOK Curators: On the Verge of Post-Industrial Routine. In search for an alternative planetary set-up and trajectories of degrowth
June 16th, 2021
@ Narva Art Residency and online
You are welcome to join a conversation with the TOK curators Anna Bitkina and Maria Veits from St. Petersburg – both at NART (Joala 18, Narva), or online via Zoom Meeting! The conversation will be accompanied by the artist Maria Kapajeva and the director of NART Ann Mirjam Vaikla. It is the final event of the (Re)configuring Territories Research Residency 2021.
17:45-18:00 Gathering (2nd floor cinema hall, NART)
18:00-19:30 Conversation and Q&A
The starting point for the upcoming conversation will be prevailing industrial and economical conditions of the city of Narva and beyond, which TOK curators have been exploring during their residency (Re)configuring Territories in May and June 2021. By discussing a variety of post-industrial contexts and sites, we will integrate the economic, manufacturing and architectural processes of decay of the Ida-Viru region into a wider geographical and conceptual framework. Heavy industrial processes have left often irreparable marks and traces on local landscapes, demographics, health and memory of human and non-human inhabitants of regions, whose environments were affected by the rise and fall of the industrial economy. Changing conditions of industries, exhaustion of resources, and new requirements of ecological policies have led to closure of many production sites which made many people relocate and reconsider and reconfigure their dreams, hopes and future prospects at the territories that now serve as markers of post-industrial capitalism. The event will aim at revisiting several art and research projects from different geopolitical locations that deal with the questions of social and economical aftermath of industrial processes, post-colonial economies, environmental damages and political ecology in order to create sensory and intellectual response to radical breaking of life.
The Creative Association of Curators TOK is a curatorial duo founded in St. Petersburg by Anna Bitkina and Maria Veits in 2010 as a platform for research projects at the intersection of contemporary art, social sciences and socially oriented design. As a nomadic collective working between Russia and Europe, the Middle East and the United States, TOK curators place their practice between historical analysis and political imagination. Their multilayered, durational and cross-disciplinary projects generate new knowledge about the causes and consequences of changing political realities.
Maria Kapajeva is an artist who works between the UK and Estonia. Her work often highlights peripheral histories and unspoken stories, focusing on the representation of women. Her artist book Dream Is Wonderful, Yet Unclear, published by Milda Books in 2020, got Krazsna-Krausz Photo Book Award.
Ann Mirjam Vaikla is an artist and curator and has been the director of Narva Art Residency (NART) since 2017. Her practice lies in the intersection of performing and visual arts working within various contexts at galleries, theatres and public spaces in Estonia and internationally.
(Re)configuring Territories is a three-year programme (2019, 2021—2022) organized jointly by the Finnish Institute in Estonia, Narva Art Residency and Trojan Horse. Programme is curated by Tommi Vasko and Kaisa Karvinen and supported by the Finnish Institute in Estonia and Kone Foundation.
Join Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81547427503
The event will be in English with Estonian and Russian introduction. The event will be recorded.
(Re)configuring Territories: Spring School 2021 in Narva
June 5th, 2021
@Narva Art Residency
A week-long intensive Spring School of the (Re)configuring Territories programme in 2021 in Narva will culminate with a hybrid public event and the participants of the three workshops sharing glimpses of their processes and findings.
Everyone is invited to Narva!
Presentations will be held in English. The public event starts online with the Charming Perspectives at 10:30. Archaeology of Postsocialist Narva tour will begin at 11:30 at the Narva Art Residency, and end around 13:00. The tour ends with a common lunch moment, which reflects the topics that the OBSCHENIE group has been working with throughout the week. Exact locations will be updated on Friday June 4th. See more detailed information about workshop presentations in English below.
TROLLPERCEPTION IN THE HEARTLANDS by MYCKET (Mariana Alves Silva, Katarina Bonnevier and Thérèse Kristiansson): Anna Aleksejeva, Alex Bernatzky, Alex Close, Valentina Vella.
Saara Mahbouba, Eirini Tiniakou and Walter Götsch also contributed.
POST-BROKENNESS by Francisco Martinez and Andra Aaloe: Michael Cole, Farbod Fakharzadeh, Triin Kampus, Andres Lutz
OBSCHENIE by Maria Muuk: Maria Kopytova, Hanan Mahbouba, Mikk Niinemäe, Vishnu Vardhani Rajan, Maya Simkin
Dear Mist: A Journey Through Folklore and Energy Politics.
LARP (Live Action Role-Play)
May 28–30, 2021
Online, in English
Free of charge
The live action role-play taking place in Narva, eastern Estonia. Because of the ongoing epidemiological situation this year’s LARP participants will be online; facilitated by technologies like geo-located audio AR, instant messaging apps, Zoom and live-stream webcams. The river Narva and its lore will be transported and beamed to you.
SPRING SCHOOL 2021 OPEN CALL
(Re)configuring Territories Spring School 2021
With Francisco Martínez and Andra Aaloe,
Maria Muuk, and MYCKET (Mariana Alves Silva, Katarina Bonnevier and Thérèse Kristiansson)
May 31 – June 6, 2021
50€ / 0€
(Re)configuring Territories programme continues as a week-long Spring School on May 31 – June 6, 2021. The Spring School consists of three simultaneous workshops mentored by anthropologist Francisco Martínez and urbanist Andra Aaloe, graphic designer, baker and writer Maria Muuk, and architecture, art and design practice MYCKET.
The Indeterminate Terrain Between Disciplines
– Introduction to the (Re)configuring Territories pragramme
With Ksenia Kaverina, Karoliina Korpilahti and Ann Mirjam Vaikla
Saturday, December 12, 2020, at 16 (EET)
The first (Re)configuring Territories talk was a discursive introduction to the research program. How can residencies and gatherings create discussions about borders, territories, and design and architecture cultures?
(Re)configuring Territories program curators Kaisa Karvinen and Tommi Vasko talked with curator and archivist Ksenia Kaverina, program director Karoliina Korpilahti and Narva Art Residency’s director Ann Mirjam Vaikla.
Feminist Fairytales, Parties and Eating Together as Spatial Practices
–– A Conversation with Maria Muuk and MYCKET
Monday, December 14, 2020, at 16 (EET)
Could fiction and eating dinner together be seen as ways to question the conventional methods of spatial and design practices? Can these careful methods create a more resilient and discursive architecture and design culture?
In the talk, the art & architecture group MYCKET (Mariana Alves Silva, Katarina Bonnevier, and Thérèse Kristiansson), graphic designer/writer/baker Maria Muuk and curator Kaisa Karvinen investigated strategies in each of their practices and dreamed about possible roles of architects and designers in the neighborhoods of current society. The talk began with a short reading.
A recording of the conversation is available here:
Anthropology, Fieldwork, and Design Research
– With Francisco Martinez and Polina Medvedeva
Tuesday, December 15, 2020, at 16 (EET)
Interest in anthropology is growing in situated architecture and design research circles, with fieldwork and community-led design processes becoming an increasingly important part of the critical discourse. What should architects, designers, and artists know from anthropology and its methodology? What can these disciplines learn from each other?
(Re)configuring Territories program curator Tommi Vasko talked with professor Francisco Martínez and filmmaker and artist Polina Medvedeva about fieldwork and the relationships between artistic research and anthropology.
A recording of the conversation is available here: