Переосмысление территорий

Reconfiguring Territories

Territooriumite ümber mõtestamine

Uudelleenmäärittyvät paikallisuudet

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Linda Boļšakova

My practice explores the human relationship with the environment and draws parallels between human embodiment and other material embodiments, especially those of plants. It aims to expose these connections and participate in developing a stronger sense of belonging to ecosystems and to the larger community of beings that mutually inhabit our planet.

I turn my body into a conduit for expressing the meaning of natural processes, seeking the symbiosis of these biological units, a symbiosis based on equality and reciprocity. This is a perspective influenced by the idea of ecofeminism, transcorporeality and vital materialism.

I am a multidisciplinary, research-based artist working in the fields of installation and performance. The works grow out of the time-space where they are situated.

Linda Boļšakova has collaborated with leading scientists from the National Botanic Garden and Institute for Environmental Solutions in Latvia, as well as the Association for the Conservation of Antalya Orchids and Biodiversity. For the project series “Semina futuri: placeholder for future coexistence” Boļšakova collaborated with composers scientists, web developers and 3D artists. Recently she gathered seed stories at the urban Gardens of Sporta Pils that reveal the semantics of people and plants, their relationships and connections.

Solo shows include “Intimacy of strangers” at ISSP Gallery and “off spring” at ALMA Gallery. She has participated at the “Starptelpa” and “No New Idols” festivals, as well as numerous other solo and group exhibitions in Scotland, Turkey and Latvia. She has taken part in residencies including the VV Foundation’s PAiR programme in Pāvilosta, Latvia, and at Zengården, the head temple of the Swedish Zen Buddhist Society, as well as at the Scottish Sculpture Workshop.

Boļšakova graduated from a Contemporary Art Practice and Philosophy course with a first-class honours degree in Scotland (2017) after graduating from the Photography course at Edinburgh College. In 2018, she completed the Performance Art Course in Riga.

METASITU

METASITU is a collectivity that explores the way we relate to territory across time and disciplines, for a queerer tomorrow.

Our practice is centred around non-hierarchical symbiotic pedagogies that take the form of urbanism residencies, architectural interventions, intentional communities, self-publishing, real estate experiments, and videos. Our work has largely focused on shrinking cities in Eastern Ukraine: mainly through our ongoing project ‘The Degrowth Institute‘, where we explore ways of incorporating notions of degrowth to urban masterplanning. The Degrowth Institute also researched vacancy, and ruinification processes in Dubai’s office towers, among others.

Andra Aaloe

Andra Aaloe is a freelancer from Tallinn, Estonia, working across several fields from fine and performing arts to curatorial and educational practices.

Andra hosted a ‘Post-Brokenness’ workshop together with Francisco Martínez in the (Re)configuring Territories Spring School 2021.

Spring School 2021
→ Весенняя Школа 2021
→ Kevadkool 2021
→ Kevätkoulu 2021

Post-Brokenness

Post-Brokenness
Andra Aaloe and Francisco Martínez will host the workshop ‘Post-Brokenness’ in the (Re)configuring Territories Spring School taking place in Narva (May–June 2021). Selected participants will study how personal and collective relationships are sustained in relation to the maintenance and repair of the surrounding environment, opening up a wide range of questions about care-taking, sustainability and the fragility of the worlds we inhabit.

Research project TOK curators

Residency 2021
→ Резиденция 2021
→ Residentuur 2021
→ Residenssi 2021

During their residency, TOK curators would like to critically rethink the parameters for historical analysis of the post-industrial areas in cross-border territories between Russia and Estonia as well as to look at their common political, industrial and ecological history. By conducting cross-disciplinary analysis of the legacy of such city-forming entities as the textile factory, the post-nuclear seaside town Sillamäe and The Baltiс Power Plant, TOK curators plan to publicly address the details related to impact of these industries on the regional natural environment and beyond. They also plan to investigate the connection between the ethnic landscape, urgency of technological development for military purposes and secret geological operations in the area of Narva. The curatorial research will include work with archival documents and historical footage, conducting personal interviews with former workers of the industries, witnesses and victims of industrial processes and secret operations, talking to local biologists, geologists, historians and environmental activists and journalists.

Karoliina Korpilahti

KAROLIINA KORPILAHTI (1981) is head of Art and Culture Program at the Finnish Institute in Estonia. She holds a master’s degree in Aesthetics from the University of Helsinki. Karoliina has over ten years of experience working with arts and culture in many different roles, such project leading, producing, curating, lecturing, writing, and administrating. Previously, she has worked at Frame Contemporary Art Finland and at the Helsinki City Culture Division.

The Creative Association of Curators TOK

( Anna Bitkina and Maria Veits at TOK’s retrospective exhibition “How to Work Together”, New Holland, St Petersburg, 2019. Photo: Aleksandra Getmanskaya )

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.

Often working outside of traditional art spaces, TOK infiltrates into social structures, bringing their strains and corrupt functions into the public discourse in order to revisit the roles and powers of social institutions and redraft their potential future. TOK investigates mechanisms of post-Soviet public space and modern cities, collective memory and amnesia, the transformation of social institutions, including education and local governance, media and strategies for managing public opinion. TOK’s activities include exhibitions, performances, educational events (conferences, seminars, summer schools, round tables and discussions), and publications.

TOK curators will join the (Re)configuring Territories residency in the spring 2021.

Residency 2021
→ Pезиденция 2021
→ Residentuur 2021
→ Residenssi 2021

Research project TOK curators

During their residency, TOK curators would like to critically rethink the parameters for historical analysis of the post-industrial areas in cross-border territories between Russia and Estonia as well as to look at their common political, industrial and ecological history. By conducting cross-disciplinary analysis of the legacy of such city-forming entities as the textile factory, the post-nuclear seaside town Sillamäe and The Baltiс Power Plant, TOK curators plan to publicly address the details related to impact of these industries on the regional natural environment and beyond. They also plan to investigate the connection between the ethnic landscape, urgency of technological development for military purposes and secret geological operations in the area of Narva. The curatorial research will include work with archival documents and historical footage, conducting personal interviews with former workers of the industries, witnesses and victims of industrial processes and secret operations, talking to local biologists, geologists, historians and environmental activists and journalists.

Francisco Martínez

Black and White portrait photograph of Francisco Martínez.

Francisco Martínez is an anthropologist dealing with contemporary issues of material culture through ethnographic experiments. In 2018, he was awarded with the Early Career Prize of the European Association of Social Anthropologists, and currently he works as Associate Professor at Tallinn University. Francisco has published several books – including Peripheral Methodologies (Routledge, 2021); Politics of Recuperation in Post-Crisis Portugal (Bloomsbury, 2020), Repair, Brokenness, Breakthrough (Berghahn, 2019), and Remains of the Soviet Past in Estonia (UCL Press, 2018). He has also curated different exhibitions – including ‘Objects of Attention’ (Estonian Museum of Applied Art & Design, 2019), and ‘Adapting to Decline’ (Estonian Mining Museum, 2021).

Francisco hosted a ‘Post-Brokenness’ workshop together with Andra Aaloe in the (Re)configuring Territories Spring School 2021.

Spring School 2021
→ Весенняя Школа 2021
→ Kevadkool 2021
→ Kevätkoulu 2021

Post-Brokenness

Post-Brokenness
Andra Aaloe and Francisco Martínez will host the workshop ‘Post-Brokenness’ in the (Re)configuring Territories Spring School taking place in Narva (May–June 2021). Selected participants will study how personal and collective relationships are sustained in relation to the maintenance and repair of the surrounding environment, opening up a wide range of questions about care-taking, sustainability and the fragility of the worlds we inhabit.

Damiano Cerrone

Damiano Cerrone is the director of SPIN Unit, a transnational agency combining art and science to find new approaches to urban research and design. He works on the development of new avenues of research inquiry around urbanity and digital societies to foster change in policy making and urban management. His personal research leverages digital footprints to study new solutions to retrofitting inner cities to contemporary life.

Yin Aiwen

Yin Aiwen by the Narva Hydroelectric Station
( Yin Aiwen by the Narva Hydroelectric Station )

Yin Aiwen is a practicing designer, theorist and project developer, who uses writing, speculative design and time-based art to examine the social impact of planetary communication technologies. She advocates relationship-focused design as a strategy to redesign, re-engineer and reimagine the relationship between technology and society.

She holds a master’s degree in design from Sandberg Instituut Amsterdam, and a bachelor’s degree in visual communication from the Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology. She has been a research fellow in The New Normal programme of Strelka Institute (RU, 2017), Art Center South Florida (US, 2017) and ZK/U Berlin (DE, 2019).

Polina Medvedeva

( Polina Medvedeva filming next to the Kreenholm factory area )

POLINA MEDVEDEVA is a Russian-Dutch filmmaker and artist based in Amsterdam. Her work researches the notion of informality, focusing on informal economies and non-conformist communal structures, their principles of which influence the aesthetics of her videos. Medvedeva’s works have been exhibited in Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam; Sonic Acts Festival, Amsterdam; WIELS Contemporary Art Centre, Brussels; Al-Ma’mal Foundation for Contemporary Art, Jerusalem; Inversia Festival, Murmansk; Rotterdam City Theatre; Art Brussels; Centre of Fine Arts Groningen; De Nieuwe Vide gallery, Haarlem and screened during IDFA Docs for Sale and on VPRO among others. She was a guest lecturer at the Public School for Architecture Brussels, Sandberg Instituut Amsterdam, ArtEZ Zwolle and is a tutor and lecturer at the Utrecht School of the Arts.

Spring School 2019
→ Весенняя Школа 2019
→ Kevadkool 2019
→ Kevätkoulu 2019

Deconstructed Field Study

Deconstructed Field Study
In 2012 Narva’s old town gets a brand new building, standing next to the Town Hall. Freshly inaugurated Narva College, say Kavakava Architects, reflects the former Stock Exchange Building destroyed during the Second World War. Yet for some Narva older residents, the modern architecture comes as a challenge to their representations.