Переосмысление территорий

Reconfiguring Territories

Territooriumite ümber mõtestamine

Uudelleenmäärittyvät paikallisuudet

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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.

Research project – residency 2021
→ Исследовательский проект – резиденция 2021
→ Uuringuprojekt – residentuur 2021
→ Tutkimusprojekti – 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

Francisco Martínez is an Associate Professor at the School of Humanities of Tallinn University. He 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). Likewise, he has curated different exhibitions – including ‘Objects of Attention’ (Estonian Museum of Applied Art & Design, 2019) and ‘Adapting to Decline’ (Estonian Mining Museum, 2021). He has worked at the University of Leicester, University of Helsinki, Aalto University and also at the Estonian Academy of Arts. In 2018, Francisco was awarded with the Early Career Prize of the European Association of Social Anthropologists.

Francisco will host a workshop in (Re)configuring Territories Spring School in 2021.

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

Living with Decline

In the Living with Decline workshop led by Francisco Martínez, participants will study how personal and collective relationships are sustained in relation to the maintenance and repair of built forms, opening up a wide range of questions about recuperation, care-taking, and sustainability.

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

MYCKET collaboration

Stockholm & Östergötland, founded in 2012 by Mariana Alves Silva, Dr.Katarina Bonnevier and Thérèse Kristiansson. The architecture, art and design practice MYCKET develops artistic research from intersectional perspectives such as anti-racist and queer-feminist theories. A practice informed by the theatrical, the carnivalesque and political activism. Together they rummage through the borderlands of the lives we live, and the environment that surrounds us. They recently inaugurated the participatory and permanent public space for dance and music Kepsen at Råslätt, Sweden (Public Art Agency Sweden, Mix Dancers Academy, Vätterhem, Jönköping municipality & Boverket, 2016-20). Recent work includes; Kämpaoke – the karaoke bar with songs that care, Stockholm Culture Festival, Public Art Agency Sweden  2019), The Grotto of Naiads, transformation of pedestrian tunnel, Haninge (2018), exhibition design Aiming for democratic architecture, Swedish Institute, Architects Sweden (2017-19), the artistic research project The Club Scene, with 13 acts of extensive theatrical performances, ArkDes, funded by the Swedish Research Council (2014-17). 


Spring School 2021
→ весенняя школа 2021
→ Kevadkool 2021
→ Kevätkoulu 2021

Trollperception in the Heartlands

In 2021, MYCKET will embark on a new three year artistic research project called Trollperception in the Heartlands. In Trollperception in the Heartlands, we turn to folktales and legends to reconnect to that time when people in our regions lived closer to, and were more subordinated to nature. Trollperception in the Heartlands is a transdisciplinary design project emerging out of our own heartlands in southern rural Sweden, expanding the formal field used to generate sustainable future scenarios through site-specific crafting and crafting video animations informed by folktales and mythology. During our workshop with the Narva Spring School we wish to invite you to delve into trolls, spirits, and animism together with us, joining the pack, and craft together, while simultaneously mediating and sharing these artworks through filmed animations – investigating what new and unforeseen knowledge can be derived from the process itself. The aim is to explore troll perception through artistic research, and to create and share viable ways of designing and living for the future. Returning people to a dialogue with Earth and its fellow creatures.

Maria Muuk

Maria Muuk is a graphic designer and writer based in Tallinn, Estonia, whose main research interest is food. By thinking and making through the lens of food, she explores its semiotic, cultural and affective meanings, as well as ways in which food can be used to facilitate change, find commonalities and digest problematics. Maria has graduated from the Graphic Design department at the Estonian Academy of Arts (EKA, Tallinn, 2013–2016) as well as the MA programme Critical Studies at the Sandberg Institute (Amsterdam, 2017–2019). After moving back to Estonia and working as a pastry chef for half a year, she’s currently building up a multidisciplinary graphic design practice in Tallinn. She has teaching experience in self-initiated (GD Project Space, 2016–2018) as well as art-academic education (EKA, 2019–…), whereas her focus is prevalently on affect theory, writing, love&friendship and feminism, especially in the context of design understood as visual/textual/spatial communication. The dream that keeps her going is moving to the country side to found a communal, mostly self-sustainable farm.


Workshop – Spring School 2021
→ Собрание-воркшоп – весенняя школа 2021
→ Töötuba – kevadkool 2021
→ Työpaja– kevätkoulu 2021

Obshchenie (working title)

The main aim of this workshop at the Reconfiguring Territories Spring School is very simple: to feed ourselves and the whole group. We will use this necessity as an excuse to explore our own as well as local habits and preferences that start with food and dining but tell a lot about class, cultural backgrounds, feelings of home and political inclinations. Let us carefully scavenge our surroundings for matters to bring to the table: radishes and cucumbers from the supermarket and a local dacha; eggs from a nearby farm; sakuski and toasts; lunch offers; Turkish pizza and Chinese takeout; undervalued grandma pastries from around the corner; overpriced puree soups from the university cafeteria; basement shops and banquet halls; strange jars in cyrillic with surprisingly familiar contents. Let us try to trace meanings, feelings and causes within every bite. * The symbolic title of the workshop is borrowed from the Russian language via sociologist Alexei Yurchak’s book “Everything Was Forever Until It Was No More” (2005), which highlights modes of (mostly kitchen-related) communality inherent to slavic values and the Soviet socialist order (albeit in problematic manifestations). We will try to create an ongoing, open-ended obshchenie – “both a process and a sociality that emerges in that process, and both an exchange of ideas and information as well as a space of affect and togetherness” – to get a better taste of the legacy of these values and history within the local context, and how we (as an international group of progressively disposed designers residing in Narva for a week) relate to them ourselves. Participants of the workshop will be encouraged to contribute with recipes and ideas for “setting the table” to prompt discussion among the group during dining times.
Image for Maria Muuk's Reconfiguring Territories Spring School 2021 Workshop: Obshchenie. The entrance and menu of a culinary shop slash beer bar in Kreenholm, Narva, 2020
The entrance and menu of a culinary shop slash beer bar in Kreenholm, Narva, 2020
Quotes from Yurchak’s book “Everything Was Forever Until It Was No More”
Quotes from Yurchak’s book “Everything Was Forever Until It Was No More”

Laura Kuusk

Laura Kuusk lives and works in Tallinn. She has studied at Annecy Higher Art School (DSRA, 2014), Estonian Academy of Arts (MA in photography, 2008) and Tartu University (BA in semiotics and cultural theory, 2005). Kuusk works as an assistant professor in Estonian Academy of Arts since 2015. Kuusk mainly uses photography, video and installation mediums in her work. Most of her works are connected to recycling anthropological visual (found) materials. Her latest works address the identity construction and its links to visual intertextual materials.

Amongst her latest exhibitions are participation at the Fast Forward festival at Dresden (online edition) (2020, curated by Charlotte Orti); Dear Algorithm, at Tallinn Art Hall gallery (2020, curated by Niekolaas Johannes Lekkerkerk); The Artist Gets the Floor. Estonian Art Museum 100 at Kumu art museum (2019, curated by Eha Komissarov); People Like You at Pärnu City gallery (2019); New Chic at Riga Photomonth (2018, curated by Arnis Balcus); Image Drain at Tallinn Art Hall (2017, curated by Anthea Buys) and Flatland at Positiiv Gallery (2016). She has initiated an ongoing series of events – Silent Sessions – together with Camille Laurelli.

Josh Plough

Josh Plough (UK/PL) is a writer, artist-editor and curator. His areas of intrigue include the sordid world of design, its curation and evaluation and the webs of folklore, identity and futures. He received his MA in Design Curating and Writing from the Design Academy Eindhoven; and cut his teeth at Onomatopee Projects where he worked for three years as an editor and city curator. The latter being a job title that allowed him to open up the artistic and design practice of the white cube and introduce it into city hall, district council meetings, local protest groups and archives.

Currently he is based in Warsaw where he has founded the cultural NGO Ziemniaki i (Potatoes and). The aim of which is to work out how we can embed design research and practice into local and governmental structures. As well as researching Slavic myths, folklores and traditions and placing them in the constellation of nationalism, the internet and creativity.

Josh will be part of the organizing team for (Re)configuring Territories Live Action Role-play in 2021.