PRESS RELEASE

TAAVI SUISALU's (1982) personal exhibition Landscapes and portraits will be opened in Hobusepea gallery at 6pm on Wednesday, January 11, 2017.

Taavi Suisalu works in the field of technological, performance and sound art. The artist is most intrigued by sociocultural phenomena and their influence to social beings's behaviour, perception and thinking. Suisalu has studied sociology and informatics at the University of Tartu, he has graduated from the department of media and advertisement design at Tartu Art College in 2010 as well as obtained MA degree in the deparment of new media at the Estonian Academy of Arts in 2014. Suisalu has also taken additional courses in L’École de design Nantes Atlantique, France and in Geneva University of Art and Design, Switzerland. He has participated in several international art projects and workshops in Estonia, Iceland, Lithuania, Finland and Switzerland.
In 2014, Taavi Suisalu was awarded the Young Artist Prize, granted by the Estonian Academy of Arts and private investors, that provided the artist also with the opportunity to hold a personal exhibition I am NOT sitting in a room in Draakon gallery. In 2016, Suisalu took part in the 5th Artishok Biennale curated by Evelyn Raudsep in Theatre NO99.

Taavi Suisalu: „While preparing for the current exhibition, I have navigated on the surface of technological sphere and practised cosmic field-recording and distant photography – for that purpose, I have used the top achievements of the engineering science of the Cold War era, the orbiting satellites accessible from electromagnetic landscapes. Their ability to communicate information between very far distances changed the ways we move in space and time as well as perceive the personal and the general in it. The equipment originally designed for military purposes is now widely used in science, communication and has become part and parcel of the global culture. The first ones have transformed into inadequate technological waste. However, there are cases where, as a result of favourable system errors, satellites have reset their working regime after they have been switched off. This, in turn, results in transmission of dented, disrupted and noisy signals with the potential of an aesthetic error.
At the present exhibition, landscape and portraits have interwoven. Landscape is presented as a distant self-portrait - a somewhat cosmic reflection where the one taking his portrait and the one whose portrait is being taken have been recorded as a pixel, the smallest addressable element, in the middle of the picture. The exhibition tells about the unaddressed signals; suspense between the personal and the general; love towards antennas; technological metaphysics and technological utopia to defy gravitation while free-falling for several decades.“

Exhibition will be open until January 30, 2017.

Thanks to: Kaspars Lielgalvis, MoKS, Evelyn Raudsepp, Heiki Zvorovski, Ivar Suisalu, Kadri Toom.

Exhibition will be supported by the Cultural Endowment of Estonia.

Exhibitions in Hobusepea gallery are supported by the Cultural Endowment of Estonia and Estonian Ministry of Culture.

 

TAAVI SUISALU
http://taavisuisalu.ee

Education
2011-2014 Estonian Academy of Arts, Fine Arts MA,
2012 Geneva University of Art and Design, New Media, Switzerland
2012 Migrating Art Academies
2004-2010 Tartu Art College, Media and Advertisement Design
2009 L’École de design Nantes Atlantique, Interactive Design, France
2003-2004 University of Tartu, Informatics
2001-2002 University of Tartu, Sociology

Exhibitions
2016
Landscapes and portraits; Hobusepea gallery, Tallinn, Estonia
EXTENSION.EE. Рефлексия: взгляд внутрь/изнутри. Vol. III, curated by Evi Pärn; Triumph gallery, Moscow, Russia
V Artishok Biennale; Theatre NO99, Tallinn, Estonia
Reflections: inside/outside. Vol. II, curated by Evi Pärn; Narva, Estonia
Hybrid(…)scapes, curated by Vytautas Michelkevičius; Nida Art Colony, Nida, Lithuania
Omega 3; Old flaxseed sorting factory, Mooste, Estonia
I am NOT sitting in a room; Supersonicum, Viljandi, Estonia

2015
I am NOT sitting in a room; Draakoni Gallery, Tallinn, Estonia
Maajaam EXPO 2015; Maajaam, Estonia
POSTffff; MIMstuudio; Tallinn, Estonia
‘diy Nightseeing Tours’ during the interdisciplinary art-science event ‘Dynamics of Darkness’; Reykjavik, Iceland

2014
Timberrrr, curated by Elizabeth McTernan; Horseandpony Fine Arts, Berlin, Germany
Concrete Constellations; Rundum Showcase, Tallinn, Estonia
Maajaam EXPO 2014; Tartu Art House, Tartu, Estonia
Non-existing villages; Võru City Gallery, Võru, Estonia
TASE 14; Museum of Estonian Architecture, Tallinn, Estonia

2013
Talsinki Stereo; EKA-G, Tallinn Estonia
The Presence of Absence; Tartu Art Hall, Tartu, Estonia
95%; Allenheads Contemporary Art (ACA), Allenheads, UK
Talsinki Stereo; Estonian House, Helsinki, Finland
The Best of Postinstrumentum 2011-2013; Culture Factory Polymer, Tallinn, Estonia
Postinstrumentum; Pärnu City Gallery, Pärnu, Estonia

2012
Signs of Life; Tallinn & Tartu, Estonia
Uutmoodi asjastamatus; Tartu Art Hall, Tartu, Estonia

2010
Fideosupermarket, curated by Al Paldrok; Pärnu, Estonia
Diploma projects of Tartu Art College; Tartu, Estonia
ME; Gallery Noorus, Tartu, Estonia


Perfomances
2016
Ars Attack; ARS’s reverb space, Tallinn, Estonia
I am NOT in the room; Supersonicum, Viljandi, Estonia

2015
Compaction of Holy Noise w/ Postinstrumentum; STL, Tallinn, Estonia
4ch sound performance w/ Villem Jahu; MIMstuudio, Tallinn, Estonia
Sound Room XXIV w/ Villem Jahu; Third Space, Helsinki, Finland
Melo-Night w/ Villem Jahu; Lovisa, Finland
Vieno Motors w/ Ilona Valkonen, Benjamino Borghi, Kati Rapia; SIC, Helsinki, Finland
Pärnu Contemporary Music Days w/ Postinstrumentum; Pärnu, Estonia

2014
Res Artis Regional Meeting w/ diy Nightseeing Tours; Nida, Lithuania
Camp Pixelache w/ diy Nightseeing Tours; Helsinki, Finland
Pärnu Contemporary Music Days w/ Postinstrumentum; Pärnu, Estonia

2013
Improgala in Jazzkaar w/ Postinstrumentum; Tallinn & Viljandi, Estonia
Noisephony of Lawn Mowers; UIT, Tartu, Estonia
The Gamaheh Theorem w/ Postinstrumentum; Tallinn, Estonia

2012
Summer Aria. Synthesis of the Arts w/ Postinstrumentum; Pärnu, Estonia
CREATurE w/ Postinstrumentum; Fluxus Ministerija, Kaunas, Lithuania
Global Container XXIV w/ Postinstrumentum; Totaldobže, Riga, Latvia
TASE Opening w/ Postinstrumentum; EKA, Tallinn, Estonia
ERKI Moeshow w/ Postinstrumentum; Kultuurikatel, Tallinn, Estonia
Such a Mulks; Cabaret Rhizome, Tallinn, Estonia
No Pretending! w/ Postinstrumentum; Cabaret Rhizome, Tallinn, Estonia
Made in Estonia Maraton; Kanuti Gildi Saal, Tallinn, Estonia

2011
Global Container XXI – „Performachine“; Culture Factory Polymer, Tallinn, Estonia

Residencies
2016 Nida Art Colony; Nida, Lithuania
2015 DAR; Druskininkai, Lithuania
2015 Loviisa Artists’ Studio; Loviisa, Finland
2013 Nida Art Colony; Nida, Lithuania
2013 Püha Vaimu residentuur; Kanuti Gildi SAAL, Tallinn, Estonia

Prizes
2016 3rd prize in a contest of sound art works for the National Archives of Estonia w/ Elo Liiv
2014 Young Estonian Artist Prize
2010 Best diploma work of applied science universities