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Monday, January 31, 2011

Tallinn

Man climbing a tree. Photo taken from my window:

Five visitors to the gallery tonight…
Spent time reflecting on the surroundings:


Sunday, January 30, 2011

ArtCafe’s closing is due to financial challenges and building condition. Article in Russian:

Taking care of the gallery today. Everyone is welcome to drop by.

The Finns were shocked when they have found out you can bathe in money in Estonia. They were drunk in the midday, but still donated couple of Euros:



Sometimes people drop by to have a quick dance:

One place dies, another emerges: on the next day after ArtCafe’s closing, F-hoone (F-building) is organizing its first event: Irish DJs and someone else on the stage. F-hoone is a restaurant, situated in Telliskivi old factory building. Didn’t go there, so no pictures. However their menu looks promising: soup for less than two Euros and much more. Visit it at Telliskivi 60a and tell me how it is.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Friday, January 28, 2011

Last day of ArtCafe


Art Cafe is arranging its last event tonight, on Friday of 28th January. I do not know what the reason is, although certain rumors stroll around, however it is amusing how more than 3500 fans on Facebook cannot, or unwilling, to do anything about it. I bet some kind of protest or act of defiance against closure can be easily organized. Well, not here, I guess. It’s a pity, since there are not enough of similar venues in Tallinn.


Wednesday, January 26, 2011

5 Film Screenings in BFM

Attended a BFM film screening on Monday morning. Both fiction and documentaries. I was expecting some usual so-so art, but was pleasantly surprised by creativity and thoughts conveyed in them. After entering the hall, I was disappointed by the size of the audience. I think I was also more nervous than some of the students who had to present their films in front of the jury; almost empty hall and unfamiliar faces of the judges made their dirty job.

Unfortunately, camera was not available at the time so I just had to concentrate on students and their films. The most memorable film was about Ukrainian family living in the old wooden house in the middle of the “rich” block complex. Great imageries of pigs eating something resembling intestines and goats skillfully finding food in the trash cans.

One film has been screened, the one I was helping to translate and do subtitles for, I obviously liked, since it became very personal during the last six months of work. It is about the director of puppet shows in the Estonian Puppet Theater (Eesti Nuku ja Noorsoo Teater), who has had enough of everything.

Film begins with the director talking to his Estonian friend about complexes of Estonia and how he was shocked by them after arriving here. The defense that followed included a woman saying that she was thankful that the filmmakers have brought up this uncomfortable, to most of Estonians, topic, and another woman getting annoyed by this. Ironically, that is why he left Russia as well: he was being mind-raped there also.

In general, some of the teacher’s comments were ridiculous, which has proved the unprofessionalism of local university teachers. The worst part is that most of the students are too afraid to stand up for themselves. I have witnessed such behavior for a long time already. Looks like avoidance and pure ignorance are the only things some people are capable of expressing. Or maybe we are all like this...

Weekend

Usual night in Old Town when everyone gets drunk and stupid.

Someone was wasted and crying. Classics:


Occasionally the night has been brightened by an impulsive accordion player:



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Sunday, January 23, 2011

"For Love not money. For beginners" exhibition.

This exhibition was more attractive than usual exhibitions you see in EAST Gallery or in other galleries; various artists from Estonia and all over the world. A lot of people and confused faces. More or less usual crowd with Art Academy background. My friend tells me artists are the most insincere and bad people he has ever met. I yet have to discover if it’s true or not.


Kamasutra art in toilet

Visitors...

...and more visitors.

Chips, little cheese-cakes (kohuke) and beer.

Performance after the opening.

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Workers banging on metal.

Mushrooms

More mushrooms

And more...

Erki the grass-blower helping out with the sound.


Did not manage to take a shot of them kissing.

Even though it was minus ten,
it didn't stop people from having regular cigarette breaks.

I will not bore you with list of performers and artists, instead will offer you a photo-history.

My favorite artwork from Iran:

Hedgehog by Merhdad Khataei

Some artist said that he was surprised how Iranians still live in the 80s and it shows in this artwork. Don’t know if I should trust artists.

All You Need is Love by Villem Jahu and Tiinu Jürves

Artwork consists of thinly sliced Estonian Krones inside plastic packages.


Detail of the above artwork



Anettegerda by Gerda-Anette Allikas

100 Yuan by Berit Pajula

Map of Estonia

An European Pattern by Catalina Mos



Paintings by Saskia Järve

There was a lot of works, you can still visit the gallery until twentieth February.


Saturday, January 22, 2011

Von Krahl

Someone was performing in Von Krahl, got there after main thing was over.
Nothing special, ok music. Made me want to jump and hit people in a crowd.
In the end, people were better than sounds:




After a while, I got involved in documenting the bar action since there was nothing better to do:





At least the campaign of 2=3 beers was in action.
Even though I'd like my ticket money back.

Friday, January 21, 2011

You can find Sebastian’s new album „Astronomic Panoram“ online:



EAST Gallery. Monday evening. Three performers and three-person audience.

At first, a good friend, local Australian and just a good person lost in life, has been showing off his skills in noise music. It was something you would not generally hear in Tallinn, or in Estonia in general. Very noisy and messy. I guess it was supposed to be like this. Audience truly enjoyed the performance:




Later, Kouns (US) and Hinchey (CAN), who have arrived the same day from the gig in Belgrade and Novi Sad, Serbia, blessed us with mystic sounds from saxophone and glass filled with water.





You can get a feel of their music here:


Some information on the “duet”:

The day later, they left to Latvia, to perform in Riga, and later their path takes them to Lithuania and Poland. Let’s wish them more luck with the audience.

Argentinian violing player Sebastian Wesman making love to a violin in Kaarli Church (Kaarli Kirik) on Wednesday night. He has performed two times in the EAST Gallery before, now he is going for another holy place:

Right after entering the church, you could enjoy quite an impressive view:


Paganic Christmas trees, as my friend has noticed, do not really belong to the church.


Of course, accoustics were great; it felt like he was playing two violins at the same time:

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