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Patchedcabinets
show and tell : meet-up : social gathering
August 23, 2014 14:00
presented by Hobilabor

Pasta Modulare is the first modular synthesizer meet-up in Tallinn, for modular synthesizer enthusaists and hackers. At this event you can show off your projects, explore what others are doing, and meet others in the modular synth scene.

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music : sound : concert
August 30, 2014 19:00

The Sensor-Sound-Machine is a self-made digital musical instrument based on ultrasonic sensors, infrared sensors, solar panels and microprocessors. It allows for a delicate and immediate interplay between light, digital sounds and the human body. Timlin has deepened the relationship with his instrument during numerous concerts all over Europe and North America and through collaborations with complementary art disciplines like dance and visual arts.

Here is what Rinus van Alebeek wrote about timlin`s performances: “As you can see on the picture below timlin, from helsinki, performs with darkness around him. Spread out in front of him are self made instruments that come alive with the light of a torch. Jeff Surak, artistic director of sonic circuits, one of the most important festivals for our kind of music worldwide, saw him play. His opinion: “Sound producing light for the mind, light controlling sound for the ears. A hypnotic and trance inducing sonic experience.”

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workshop : sensors : man and machine : interactive systems
August 31, 2014 14:00
Click here to register

Sensors allow us to connect the physical world with the world of the machines. During this full-day workshop, participants will get to know the fundamental principles of interactive, sensor-based music systems that can be used for sound installations, live-performances and improvisation.

Topics covered during that workshop:

  • Connecting sensors with the computer
  • Conditioning sensor data
  • Converting sensor data into sound
  • Performance and improvisation with sensor-based instruments
  • Artistic use of sensor technology

Technology used amongst others: Ultrasonic sensors, infrared sensor, light sensors, arduino, Max/MSP

Participants are encouraged to bring their own laptops and arduino boards, if available.

Marko Timlin is a Finnish sound artist, musician and composer. His musical career began in the early 1990s, in London, before his subsequent move to former East Berlin, where he became part of the alternative electronic music scene there. In Berlin, he worked together with groups such as "Laub", "rope" and the "17 Hippies", and founded the band "tritop", one of Germany’s first live drum 'n' bass-bands.

Today, he develops his own electronic and digital musical instruments which he plays regularly at concerts. In addition to his concert activities, he designs sound installations, composes computer, theater and dance music, and holds workshops and seminars in colleges and universities.

In recent years he has been teaching at the Music University Trossingen, DE, Sibelius Academy, FI, New York University, USA, and the Royal Conservatory “Victoria Eugenia” Granada, ES.

Further information at: www.timlin.de

Johnbeersquare
presentation : discussion : seminar : culture production : economics : how-to
September 10, 2014 19:30

Opening Operations is a monthly series in 2014 that investigates the practical methods through which culture is produced.

Each month, a representative from a different Estonian culture organisation will present their activities as well as their operating budget and finances. The speaker will discuss a challenge or problem unique to their organisation, and the presentation will be followed by a group discussion. The goal is to share methodologies, open dialogues, and research creative alternatives to real-world problems involving money, labour, and collaboration. This project also seeks to democratise and demystify the act of "organising", proceeding from the belief that there is no right or wrong way to do things, and that different approaches breed more exciting and dynamic cultural forms.

This month's speaker is John W. Fail. John is the only constant volunteer at Ptarmigan since it's inception in 2009, and is also a member of Pixelache Helsinki. He generally looks to find interesting and fun things to do while being alive, and Ptarmigan is one such platform for these experiments. His practice runs the gamut from open-form, participatory actions and collaborations to esoteric music (having released a few LPs and cassettes over the years). His favourite band of all-time is probably the Velvet Underground, and he has an uneasy passion for Pittsburgh sports teams.

Light snacks and refreshments will be served, and the discussion will be recorded and released afterwards online in podcast form.

Avatud Toimingud/Opening Operations is a project of Migrating Art Academies and is supported by the Estonian Ministry of Culture.

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sound : art : presentation : discussion
July 25, 2014 15:00

Ptarmigan welcomes Mexican sound artist and composer Mario de Vega to give a presentation of his work, before the evening Sound Room X concert at Kultuurikatla Aed.  Mario's work questions the use of technologies of chaos and systems at risk of collapse. His sound goes beyond preconceptions about noise and silence. It offers a unique experience for the senses.

Mario will give a talk and presentation of his work, followed by an open forum for questions and discussion. 

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music : improvisation : performance : sound
July 17, 2014 22:00
Featuring artist: Brett Sroka

NYC-based trombonist and electronics artist Brett Sroka is at Ptarmigan for a short research-based residency and will be presenting his work in a concert. Brett will play solo and with John W. Fail in a series of thematic improvisations. The audience is encouraged to participate through movement, adding or subtracting sounds, and making their presence active rather than merely listening in silence like the typical concert of improvised music.

adešõn aren't a punk band made up of a dancer and two instrument players. 

This event will also feature Ernie's Pop-Up Spa, where local artist Ernest Truely will offer fantastic hair stylings and head/shoulder massages, on stage, while the music is going on.

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presentation : discussion : seminar : culture production : economics : how-to
July 09, 2014 19:30

Opening Operations is a monthly series in 2014 that investigates the practical methods through which culture is produced.

Each month, a representative from a different Estonian culture organisation will present their activities as well as their operating budget and finances. The speaker will discuss a challenge or problem unique to their organisation, and the presentation will be followed by a group discussion. The goal is to share methodologies, open dialogues, and research creative alternatives to real-world problems involving money, labour, and collaboration. This project also seeks to democratise and demystify the act of "organising", proceeding from the belief that there is no right or wrong way to do things, and that different approaches breed more exciting and dynamic cultural forms.

This month's speaker is Evelyn MüürseppEvelyn Müürsepp-Grzinich is a visual artist and cultural coordinator based in southeast Estonia. After working as an artist-in-residence in Iceland and Finland, she co-initiated MoKS (Mooste Center for Art and Social Practice) in Mooste, Estonia. MoKS is now Estonia's longest-running artist-run initiative, starting in 2001. While coordinating activities and finding financial and mental means for running anartist-in-residence center, she also has maintained her practice as a visual artist. 

Light snacks and refreshments will be served, and the discussion will be recorded and released afterwards online in podcast form.

Avatud Toimingud/Opening Operations is a project of Migrating Art Academies and is supported by the Estonian Ministry of Culture.

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workshop : slogan making : printing
July 05, 2014 11:00 - 17:00
presented by Grafodroom, Sac Magique/Robin Ellis, Päivi Raivio

During the workshop participants will design, screen print and distribute an A2 slogan poster. The workshop will take place at the print studio Grafodroom. The slogans, random and ultimately meaningless, have been produced with random slogan generators and will be in estonian and russian languages. The emphasis will be on producing bold, simple posters using 1 to 2 colours and paper stencils for quick execution. The posters will then be pasted around Tallinn.

The workshop is supported by Kulturkontakt Nord.

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game : intimation : rules : play
June 28, 2014 - June 29, 2014 15:00 - 15:00

Taking the format of a traditional game jam, this event will be an intensive development session of guessing game design.

"A guessing game has as its core a piece of information that one player knows, and the object is to coerce others into guessing that piece of information without actually divulging it in text or spoken word.” - wikipedia

During a period of 24 hours we will design the rules and framework for a face-to-face multiplayer game which involves slowly revealing hidden information in a way that allows the other player(s) to uncover it gradually, resulting in a clear moment of information and measurable game-power transference. We will be talking about methods of hinting; subtle suggestion; symbolic confession; tenuous (mis)understanding and risky communicative shots taken blindfolded. We will aim to fulfil a definition of the game format which includes clear instructions for players and which supports the outcome of a winner (or winners) and a point (or multiple points) of conclusion.

We'll begin at 3pm with an introduction over a big breakfast and keep the coffee from burning through the night as the guesswork takes shape. No game design experience necessary, though it is welcomed warmly.

If sleep is essential, we'll provide a comfortable surface upon which to drop.

More information : HH / OP

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tour : walking : psychogeography : guided expedition : urban exploration
June 17, 2014 19:00
Featuring artist: Will Slater

A walking tour of approximately 60-90 minutes. Meet at Ptarmigan at 19:00; the group will leave at 19:15 SHARP!

In the first performance of an ongoing project, 'What we've learned while walking', Will Slater leads the audience on his attempt at a walking tour of a city that's new to him. He will attempt to find some key historical and cultural landmarks of Tallinn, but with this being an exercise in psychogeography, he will most likely miss the important locations and instead tell you of the associations that he makes bewteen this city, and his memories of other travel destinations that occupy his mind. 

 

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performance : walking : guided expedition : space : perception
June 16, 2014
Featuring artist: Nikki Kane

Starts at Ptarmigan at 19:30; the group will leave at 19:45 SHARP!

A short, led walk on a devised route, moving through spaces around the area of Ptarmigan, led by artist-in-residence Nikki Kane.

This walk seeks to consider the effects of the conditions of space and of ‘participation’ on movement, perception and thought. By creating opportunity for both individual and collective experience, its form aims to open out awareness of details in our surroundings that may usually be overlooked.

 
Booktalk
analogue information sharing : discussion
June 13, 2014 19:00
Featuring artist: Nikki Kane
part of project: Strange Meetings Club

A gathering of people and of information or ideas found on the internet and shared in person - a chance to share an article, video or anything else with a real person rather than a click of mouse, and to see what happens when we look at them as a group. 

As part of an ongoing consideration into the form of Literary & Philosophical societies and libraries, and into structures of sharing, finding, organising and ordering knowledge or information, you are invited to add to reading list, (click to) share. In order to explore these in terms of the analogue, physical forms they have taken historically, and in contemporary digital spaces, we will bring knowledge that we have discovered, gathered or shared on online platforms to a physical meeting for lively, real-life pondering and conversation, hopefully thinking a bit about roles of collective learning and working along the way.

Bring something! Anything you've stumbled on or shared online, opened in a new tab, or saved for later - articles, videos, sound clips, whole websites. Bring it along in any form (on a laptop, printed out, scribbled notes, vague memory...) and let's see what happens we share them in the real world.