Art and Sustainability:The Responsibility of the ARTist?

TAKKK and Kohila Symposium artists discussion

Coffee and gathering

11:45 - 12:00 Tohisoo manor, Viljandi road 37, Kohila

Opening remarks

12:00 - 12:15 Alide Zvorovski, Elo Liiv / TAKKK Environmental art symposium

                     

Lumi Kristin Vihterpal / Kohila Symposium

TOPIC I: POSSIBILITY OF BIODIVERSITY IN THE CITY

12:15 - 12:20 introduction by Alide Zvorovski

WHY SHOULD BIODIVERSITY MATTER TO US?

12:20 - 12:50 featured by MERLE KARRO-KALBERG

12:50 - 13:00 Q&A

TOPIC II: WOOD-FIRING - RIGID AND FLEXIBLE

14:00 - 14:05 introduction by Jekaterina Kultajeva

WOOD FIRING: THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE ASHES

14:05 - 14:35 featured by KÜLLI KÕIV

14:35 - 14:45 Q&A

Coffee break

14:45 - 15:00

TOPIC III: THE ECOLOGICAL FOOTPRINT OF ART

15:00 - 15.05 introduction by Elo Liiv

WHAT DOES ART WEIGHT?

15:05 - 15:35 featured by SIIM PREIMAN

15:35 - 15:45 Q&A

DISCUSSIONS ON FOUR TOPICS

15:45 - 16:30 moderated by Elo Liiv

 

Ethics of artificial materials in environmental art

Ways of extra-eco wood-firing

Enriching public space with art

Options of pottery recycling

(30 min discussion in groups, followed by presentations and discussion among participan)

Summary and closing words

16:35 - 16:40

Speakers:

Merle
Karro-Kalberg
EST

Landscape architect

Merle Karro-Kalberg is a landscape architect, architectural editor of the cultural newspaper Sirp and a certified journalist.

 

Together with landscape architects Anna-Liisa Und and Karin Bachmann, she is leading the project “Curated Biodiversity” in Tartu, the aim of which is to bring more life to the parks of Tartu city center. This is both in terms of biodiversity and in terms of creating more opportunities for city dwellers.

 

With Anna-Liisa and Karin, Merle has curated exhibitions, published the landscape architecture magazine "Õu" and twice been a guest editor for the architecture magazine "Maja".

Together with Heiki Kalberg and Tanel Breed, he has done reconstruction projects for Tallinn's Kase Park and Pae Promenade.

Merle Karro-Kalberg photo by Nele Tammeaid

"WHY SHOULD BIODIVERSITY MATTER TO US?

In the presentation, landscape architect and journalist Merle Karro-Kalberg talks about plants and animals and why humanity needs them. She also offers ideas on how to bring more insects, plants and animals to cities.

Külli Kõiv, photo by Juta Kübarsepp
Külli
Kõiv
EST

Potter

Külli Kõiv graduated from the ceramics department of Tallinn University of Arts (EKA).

 

As a founding member of the company Asuurkeraamika, Külli's creative path is closely intertwined with this creative group.

In this creative group, she developed her characteristic meditative strip technique where tightly intertwined clay strips form a sculptural form - sometimes abstract, sometimes narrative. Her clay creations and other activities are twisted in a complementary and enriching way like clay strips in her works, forming her unique pattern, where every detail is crucial in the means of the whole.

 

The 14 years of activities in the organizing team of the Kohila Symposium means to her a lot. 

"WOOD-FIRING: THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE ASHES"

Wood-firing ceramics nourish the artist's soul: here meet the cooperation and joint effort, time-consuming work, the material, therapeutic effect of activity on the artist and coincidence that determines the result - a work of art with a unique flame language. As we use a significant amount of wood for wood-firing, forest regeneration and biodiversity are very important for us. This year, at the Kohila Symposium, we will pay special attention to reducing our ecological footprint and plan various activities to support the environment. We aim to turn the attention of the artists dealing with wood-firing ceramics to the sustainability of the field.

Siim
Preiman
EST

Contemporary art agent and curator

Siim Preiman is a contemporary art agent and a curator at Tallinn Art Hall who also operates the mobile art platform galerii galerii.

 

His curatorial projects explore the possible role that art can play in resisting global powers, focusing on the ethics of making art and on micro-narratives circulating in society.

 

He studied Art History at the Estonian Academy of Art.

 

Preiman’s latest curatorial projects include galerii galerii presents: a concise anthology of mobile art platforms at 1st March Gallery, Tallinn (2021), Memory Palace by Maria Valdma at Tallinn City Gallery (2021) and Endless Story by Mihkel Ilus and Paul Kuimet at Tallinn Art Hall (2020).

siim preiman, photo by keiu maasik

"WHAT DOES ART WEIGHT?"

Although tackling the ecological, social, and economic components of the amorphous global crisis is common in art, artworks and exhibitions often don’t direct attention towards their role in the ruinous sequence of events. While the value of each artwork or event cannot be judged based on its ecological footprint alone nor indeed on its social impact, we can still judge the ethical balance between the form and content of a single artwork. In his presentation, curator Siim Preiman will share experiences in curating near-zero waste exhibitions on an institutional level.