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Artists : Current

August 01, 2014 - August 14, 2014

Jasmin Schaitl (AT) is a live, action-based artist with a visual arts background. She works site-relatively, creating installation environments, where the witnesses‘ perception of space and time is modified through her actions.

William “Bilwa” Costa (US) is an artist who works in the performing, sound, and visual arts contexts. He works internationally, generating research, lab, and performance projects, actively cultivating opportunities for artists to work together on new interdisciplinary experiments.

In July 2013, Jasmin Schaitl and William “Bilwa” Costa began a collaborative duo. Since then they have performed, led workshops, and have been artists in residence in Vienna, Berlin, Helsinki, Tallinn, Tartu, Oslo, and Istanbul.  Their work addresses the physical relationship between two performers while exploring the correlation between, and potentials of: duration - ephemerality, proximity - distance, transformation - alteration, and duality - unison.

Using limited materials, each performance focuses on simultaneous actions, and the point where these actions phase, oscillate, and/or conjoin. These actions are repetitive, consistent, clear, precise, thorough and definite. Without narrative, they leave the audience time to assess the actions and interpret or propose her/his own meaning, content and thoughts. 

Additionally, they have worked in trio and group projects including: 三 (3) movement-sound- action with Akemi Nagao, sound/map with Aya Imamura, an untitled video project with Christian Konrad Schröder, and sub_space with Akemi Nagao, Stina Nilsson, Aya Imamura, and Irene Cortina Gonzalez. 

Events featuring Jasmin Schaitl and William "Bilwa" Costa:

July 28, 2014 - August 03, 2014

Sara is a visual artist with an interdisciplinary approach to scenography and performance making. Currently based in Slovenia and often in transit, her work is a constant investigation into the relationship between physical perception, space and place. She creates and documents work using physical materials, drawing, movement and her voice. Other work includes ongoing research that combines butoh with objects, materials and costume as performance.

Meera has a background in Fine Art and Scenography. She is concerned with the architecture in which you place yourself and your work. Finding ways of manipulating the structural walls, expanding and shrinking a space to fit your needs. Transformation, refraction and the sea. She is concerned with both static work and choreographed movement of the body. She likes to make work as quickly as possible.

Events featuring Sara Evelyn-Brown & Meera Shakti Osborne:

July 01, 2014 - July 31, 2014

Kaspars Lielgalvis is an artist who works throughout the culture field, with interests including urban development, interdisciplinarity in contemporary art and the creation of self-organized structures. He is based in Riga, Latvia. 

Having studied as a textile artist, Kaspars started his professional carrier as a graphic designer. Parallel to his job in advertising agencies, he was a member of the performance art group “Totaldobže” from 2001-2004. In 2005 he started a new business – decorations for different kind of commercial and non-commercial events. Very soon, together with scenographer Davis Licitis, they became one of the most wanted decorator firms in Latvia, having clients starting from the theater festival Homo Novus and ending with larger business enterprises. After 2008, due to the economic crisis, the decoration business collapsed and Kaspars founded an artist-run initiative where artists studios, exhibition space and residencies were located next to each other, in Riga's former factory VEF. Since then, he has been busy with the development of the Totaldobze Art Centre, which became an important platform for cross-over creation and meetings between artists, poets, musicians, dancers and representatives from other culture disciplines in Riga.

During his Ptarmigan residency, Kaspars will work on the Black Holes project. Black Holes has been developing since 2011 and has become the foundation and primary activity of Art Centre Totaldože. The aim of the Project is to develop cooperation with foreign art institutions in order to dissolve borders of local art environments and create works that would become part of an international movement.

Artists : In the past

July 14, 2014 - July 21, 2014

Brett Sroka is a composer and sound artist for film, dance, installation and his own ensembles in which he plays trombone and laptop. He has released five records of original music, performed at BAMcafe, the Sonic Circuits Festival, the Guggenheim Museum and the Teatro Fondamenta Nueve in Venice, Italy and scored a variety of films that have appeared at festivals in Maine, Texas, Paris, Hamburg and Beijing. 

After graduating from Manhattan School of Music, Sroka made his first record, Hearsay, for the Fresh Sound-New Talent label, with classmates Jason Moran and Eric Harland. He has led the minimal, electro-acoustic trio Ergo on three releases, most recently If Not Inertia from Cuneiform Records, with guest Mary Halvorson. Cherubim, a melody/noise/drone duo with guitarist Yuko Pepe, has just released their debut record with the Zeromoon label. Sroka has received grants from the Queens Council on the Arts, the Finlandia Foundation, twice been a fellow at the I-Park Foundation, a visiting artist at the University of Pennsylvania and the Institute of Electronic Arts at Alfred University. While in residence last past spring at the Vilnius Academy of Art - Nida Art Colony in Lithuania, he completed a new suite for Ergo which will be released in 2015 and developed Sine Qua Non, a performance/sound installation, which was premiered at Roulette in Brooklyn, NY in January of 2014.


Events featuring Brett Sroka:

Nikki Kane (GB)
June 09, 2014 - June 18, 2014

Nikki Kane is an artist, project-maker and cultural producer based in Glasgow, Scotland.  She has a background in History of Art (University of Glasgow 2010) and experience in public art and cultural events.  She is a committee member for Market Gallery, involved in the programming and management of this artist-run space, and since 2012 has undertaken key project coordination for NVA’s Speed of Light, a public art performance touring UK and international locations. 

Through her practice she is interested in collaborative working and in notions of place and space, visual symbols, and social structures.  She seeks to create provoking and engaging experiences through curation, facilitation, performance and installation. She is concerned with exploring and drawing attention to constructs and structures that are present within our surroundings and interactions, and to layers and details that are present and may be overlooked.

Recent activity has included walking performance works exploring experiences of everyday space, and in March 2014 she undertook a self-directed residency with The Bothy Project on the Isle of Eigg in which shapes, patterns and layers of place were considered alongside reflections on community, remoteness and collective work and living.  She also collaborates and facilitates as part of WHATEVERSHALLWEDO??, a collective of artists and non-artists exploring opportunities for creative practice outsides of traditional modes of funding, making and presenting.

In August 2014 she will take part in a workshop and residency in Italy exploring ideas around collective living and working, and in Autumn 2014 she hopes to develop her practice through further study with a research-based Masters degree exploring both academic and practice-based outcomes. Whilst at Ptarmigan in Tallinn, she plans to present a gathering event as part of their Strange Meetings Club series, a curated film screening and discussion, and a walking performance work exploring layers of meaning and experiences of a place as collective, a resident and a visitor.
Events featuring Nikki Kane:

June 09, 2014 - June 18, 2014

Will Slater is a London-based artist and writer who works mostly with performance. In 2012 he graduated from Wimbledon College of Art with a BA in Fine Art: Print & Time Based Media.

He has performed lectures and broadcasts in various venues around London with his lecture entitled, 'Beginnings of a Media Event', which he also took to the live art event, Tempting Failure in Bristol 2013. Will has also taken part for the past three years in the international artists' network, Mileskm. This started as a collaborative exhibition between British and Spanish artists in Madrid, and has developed into an annual residency, focussing on exchanges of ideas and collectivity, which he'll be co-organising in Spain this September.

When staying with Ptarmigan, he will be attempting to develop a new project called 'What We've Learned While Walking' with the journey of walking being the work itself. This comes from interests in psychogeography; specifically how walking as a replacement of public transport can change one's perception of a city, and help investigate people's conflicts with modernity.

May 01, 2014 - May 31, 2014

The Axis of Praxis residency programme (shared with MoKS) returns in 2014 with a visit by Kimmo Modig. In his own words:

I'm Kimmo Modig and I'm an artist living in Helsinki. I'm coming to Tallinn to, most likely, meet people and write my play that will premiere in November. I'll set up a public event maybe a concert or a performance while I'm there.
If you wanna know what I do, check these things out:
Image: Kimmo Modig: Surrender (2013)
paint, flag
photo by Paavo Lehtonen

January 31, 2014 - March 16, 2014

Ernest Truely is an artist from America working in the Estonian context. He lectures on New Media Art at Baltic Film and Media School and was a cornerstone of Culture Factory Polymer until his Ptarmigan sanctuary. During his time at Ptarmigan, Ernest will explore sustainability issues for contemporary artists, community development and constructing meaning from daily rituals. He addtionally will investigate the realm of glitch artwork, pushing into the tension between the real, virtual and fragmented in a search for the authentic digital original. 

Events featuring Ernest Truely:

January 01, 2014 - January 31, 2014

Andrew Gryf Paterson (b. 1974) is a Scottish artist-organiser, educator, cultural producer, and independent researcher, based in Helsinki, Finland. His practice over a 14 year period has involved variable roles of initiator, participant, author and curator, according to different collaborative and cross-disciplinary processes. Andrew has worked across the fields of media/ network/ environmental arts and activism, specialising in workshop design, participatory platforms for engagement, and facilitation. His research interests are: socially-engaged art; auto -ethnographic and -archaeological methodologies and theory; sustainability issues from the social, ecological and economic perspective.

Andrew has a multi-disciplinary education, with BA(Hons) Fine Arts from Glasgow School of Art, and a MSc degree in Computer-Aided Graphical Technology Applications from University of Teesside. He is currently completing his doctoral candidacy at Aalto University School of Art and Design, Media Department, with the working thesis title of “Artistic Practice as Fieldwork”, which reflects upon the various practice-led processes which he has been involved in since moving to the Eastern Baltic Sea region in 2003. Significant processes/projects refered to in the thesis include 'Herbologies/Foraging Networks' (2010); 'Alternative Economy Cultures' programme of Pixelache Helsinki Festival (2009); 'Clip Kino' in Kirjasto10 Helsinki library and other locations (2008 onwards); 'Hengitä.hankala hengittää' at Happihuone, Helsinki (2007), 'Add+PF+?' in the Pedagogical Factory programme at Hyde Park Art Centre, Chicago (2007); 'Tähtikuvitelma' for Valon Voimat Festival, Helsinki (2005); 'Locative Media Workshop: Rautatieasema' for Pixelache Helsinki Festival (2004/2006), 'Mapmyths' (2003-2004). Over this period, experience, reflections and findings have been written as articles in various cultural publications, and his methodology was published in the peer-reviewed Journal of Visual Art Studies (Intellect 2011).

Since the beginning of 2011 he has been the coordinator of the Pixelversity outreach & educational programme for Piknik Frequency ry. (producers of Pixelache Festival, Helsinki). 

Andrew's residence is part of the Axis of Praxis programme in conjunction with MoKS, supported by Kulturkontakt Nord.

December 01, 2013 - December 31, 2013

Born in Tartu, Estonia 1984. Based in Norway since 1997. Currently lives and works in Oslo.  BA from Bergen Art Academy and MA from Konstfack, Stockholm.

Anne-Liis works mainly with video installations based on relational and performative strategies. Her work explores notions of identity and community. The starting points of her latest work are scenes/situations from our everyday lives. She focuses on the subtle violence that often goes unnoticed as we are coexisting and inhabiting the public realm.

Throughout her practice she has been interested in how personal identity relates to collective or national identity and how the individual participates and negotiates his or her place in the current collective culture. She is interested in the feelings, images, stories, memories and fantasies that construct processes of identification influencing the distance towards that culture.

Anne-Liis often works collaboratively and one of the current projects is AtwoB, an artist group consisting of four artists originating from Denmark, Sweden, Estonia/Norway and Japan. In their practices they draw inspiration and knowledge from their individual, cultural and linguistic backgrounds in order to examine issues surrounding text, vocality, multilingualism and translation. Their work takes the form of performance-related activities, sound pieces and text-based works.

Anne-Liis's residence is part of the Axis of Praxis programme in conjunction with MoKS, supported by Kulturkontakt Nord.

Anne-Liis Kogan resources:
Press release for 'One divides...'
Press release for 'One Divides Into Two, Two Doesn't Merge Into One'

Events featuring Anne-Liis Kogan:

November 03, 2013 - December 01, 2013

Camilla Graff Junior is a performance artist, curator and researcher born in Denmark in 1974. She holds a double Master's degree in performance studies from the Sorbonne Nouvelle University and the University of Copenhagen. She studied acting and contemporary dance at schools in Bergen and Paris, and directing at Queens College and at Robert Wilson Watermill Center in New York. She since 2007 lives and works in Berlin.

She is presently preparing a PhD project on ”autobiographical writing” at the Sorbonne Nouvelle University and together with visual artist Luisa Greenfield, coordinates the "Crossing Contexts: Artistic Interventions through Artistic Research" study circle at the Nordic Summer University. She is in addition organizing a series of labs entitled “Grammar, vocabulary and writing strategies of today’s stage” in collaboration the Danish National School of Theater.

As a curator, Camilla is associated with Month of Performance Art – Berlin and within this platform runs a three-year-program. The past year’s edition was on ”gender” and this year’s is on “autobiographical writing”.

As a performer, she participates in theatre, performance, contemporary dance, film, and video projects. She works with the film and stage directors: Richard Bean (FR), Richard Foreman (US), Sophie Haviland (US), Patricia Allio (FR), Léa Dant (FR), Nina Larissa Bassett (DK), Volker Schmidt (AT), and the collective performance groups Tomrummet (FR), Lis (IT), one hit wonder (DE), ici-même (Grenoble, FR) and the feminist action-group La Barbe (FR). In addition she is as an accordionist and vocalist, performing with projects like the punk-rock band Maiden Monsters (Berlin).

Since her teens she has conceived own performance, dance and theater works. In 1990 she initiated the "C Collection" - a frame where clothes are collected, redesigned, and then staged within the articulated triptych of “in space”, “on the body” and “in play”.

From 2002 Camilla has been artistic director of Giraff Graff, an independent performing art company doing site-specific pieces and crossover collaborations in the field of contemporary theater and performance.

Authored works include: ”My Mon is a Wolf, my dad…”, Warehouse 9, Copenhagen (2013), ”Inner and Outer animals”, Danish Cultural Center, Paris (2012), ”Ex(s), love is a concept (in which we measure all the pain)”, Brecht-Tage Berlin (2012), ”Intervals”, Metropolis Biennale, København (2011), ”The in and with (me) collection”, La settimana del la comunicazione (Milano) (2010), ”Femme phoque”, Grenier à Sel, Festival d’Avignon (2008), Reciclage(s), Valenzuela y Klenner, Bogota (2006).

Camilla's residency is part of the Axis of Praxis project, in collaboration with MoKS. Camilla will spend November 2013 in Tallinn and December 2013 in Mooste. Axis of Praxis is supported by the Kulturkontakt Nord Mobility Programme.

Events featuring Camilla Graff Junior: