|Deep Digging Art Accents from Estonia
By Martin Krusche
Europe is today as complex a story as a hundred years ago, when empires broke down. The
Ottoman Empire, Austria-Hungary, Germany, Russia
the consequences of these events
shake people and nations up to the present day.
politics, often with the weapons of nationalism, separate and hurt people, borders may
nevertheless open again. Bu the borders in the heads of the people sometimes remain
closed. Old resentments are acting. This Europe with the Slavonic and Moslem share of its
identity has considerable difficulties to face up to a quiet self-confidence. Arrogance
and misunderstanding mark the past century. But the present as well.
Which positions may artists consider
meaningful in this context? Artistic practice is not dedicated to daily politics. Apart
from that, creative people sometimes find it obvious to intensively react with their means
to such conditions. Not necessarily as a concrete intervention but rather in order to
strengthen the general awareness and the public discourse.
Perhaps a bit in the sense of Anton Tschechov, who noted
that he as an artist is not the medical doctor but the pain. Thus occasionally artists
come together who have very personal experiences with the above mentioned cracks and
fractures ... transcending cultural and language barriers in order to work out the
connecting links, the common ground
The Croatian Vlado Franjevic this summer followed an
invitation to Estonia. Franjevic was born in 1963 in Martinac (Croatia) and today, after
many years in Switzerland, lives in the principality of Liechtenstein. In the Estonian
Mooste, close to the Russian border, a "Guest Studio (MOGS)" with its
"artist-in-residence-program" provides artistic accents. This years
International Art-Symposium in the series "PostsovkhoZ" was dedicated to the
subject of "isolation". 30 artists from ten countries worked on the subject; the
curators were Evelyn Müürsepp und John Grzinich.
A few months before his arrival, Franjevic had asked a
number of artists from various nations to contribute texts to the subject. On the one hand
these contributions formed the basis of part of the activities in Mooste and on the other
hand will be prepared for publication as a book. Apart from this, they are integrated into
the art project "Junction".
Thus Frenjevic carries this work into various media spheres
and moreover brings them into the interplay between virtual and real spaces. And apart
from this into a connection with the symposium in Mooste which deals with this subject
matter and where the old bonds of Europe were contrasted with the new demands of the
continent; most of all in relation to the situation of the media and artistic practice and
with glances to other territories. Thus Marcus Williamns from New Zealand reported on
"Art Politics in an Island State", Maarja Löhmus reflected on "Media and
Culture" in Estonia, and Andreas Kurg put up for discussion "Spatial separation,
invisible barriers, moral (b)orders".
Franjevic devoted himself to the contemplation of
"Liechtenstein big possibilities for a small state" in order to switch
during this symposium via the textual contributions he collected from the mental to a
In a forest in Mooste, overlooking the nearby lake, the
artist dug a 70 cm wide canal, which winds in a spiral of five Meter in diameter up to a
depth of ca. 1.70 Meter. On the surface Franjevic added an installation of wooden sticks,
strings and candles. The work is documented in "The Crossing" on the internet.
This land art-work was subsequently the focus of various activities. Thus Marcus Williams
read a text by Jakob Kaplan from Tel Aviv, who was born in Estonia. Kaplan had reported
already to the first phase of the project.
It suggests itself that Franjevic didnt close the
matter with the work in Estonia. On the one hand through formulating the theme, which
demands a wider horizon and perseverance. On the other hand through aspects of what is
meant by "art under web conditions". Net-work which simultaneously happens in
real space and in "Cyberspace". Interaction of themes and acting persons.
Thus the Serbian Svetlana Volic together with the artist
Peeter Krosmann realized in Mooste a fascinating connection between habitat and artistic
installation to later suddenly appear in the "Transit Zone" in Belgrade
which again leads to "The Junction", to the "Beograd Track".
Thus ideas circulate, exchange is successful, teamwork
beyond the existing borders.
Hans Georg Tuerstig
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