There's a lot happening at Ptarmigan during the rest of the summer.
Sara Evelyn-Brown & Meera Shakti Osborne (UK) visit Tallinnn with their Human Space project, which explores the city though deliberately incorrect maps during walks on Wednesday and Thurdsay 30-31 July, and then dissects the experience with a workshop on Friday 1 August. It's free - just register.
Jasmin Schaitl and William 'Bilwa' Costa are familiar faces, having performed and led workshops multiple times in the past. They come back in early August to lead the sense and experience workshop, a three day investigation into improvisation, sound and movement. There are still spaces left, and you can register here.
In late August, artist-in-residence Marko Timlin will lead a workshop on interactive, sensor-based music systems. The workshop will explore how sensors can be used to further interaction for sound design, installations or instrument building. It will use Arduino and Max/MSP among other technologies. Registration is here.
Performance and sound:
Bilwa and Jasmin will perform collaboration #014, in their on-going series, at the beginning of their residency. The sense and experience workshop will also culminate in a performance on the evening of 10 August, for friends and family of the workshop participants (and anyone else interested).
Japanese/Austrian performer Arai Mayumi will perform 'untitled' on 6 August. This durational performance is built around a large transparent plastic sheet and will go from 17:00 - 20:00.
Finnish underground music legends Avarus FINALLY visit Ptarmigan Tallinn to perform, in an all-day mini-festival called Jökkijäkkisnäcki 2. On 16 August, Avarus and a bunch of their offshoot side projects will play, along with new Tallinn/Helsinki band Third Approach.
Marko Timlin will showcase his Sensor-Sound-Machine creation in a small concert on the evening of 30 August.
Gatherings and other meetups:
Our largest production of the year is the Kompass event, a gathering for Estonian and Latvian culture creators, artists and activitists. The theme of the event is 'public space' and will occur over two days with an un-conference, presentations and discussions, and speed workshops. Kompass is designed not just to connect like-minded people but to actually establish some new initiatives. More information can be found on the Kompass website.
Tallinn's modular synth community will have a meetup on 23 August at Ptarmigan, for people building their own synths and similar projects to show off what they have done and meet others.
Our ongoing Avatud Toimingud series concludes, first with EKKM's Anders Härm on 20 August, and then with Ptarmigan volunteer John W. Fail on 10 September. These events always include lively discussions about the ways in which we organise art and culture events, and seek to de-mystify the process. Avatud Toimingud is supported by the Estonian Ministry of Culture.
Nikki Kane and Will Slater answered our open call, proposing peripatetic projects, based around the act of walking through spaces urban and emotional. Though both of them hail from the still-United Kingdom (Nikki from Glasgow and Will from London), the two did not know each other, though they coincidentally arrived here during the same time and with similar ideas.
We invite you to participate in their walks, starting Monday with Nikki's We Move in Order to See and following it up on Tuesday with Will's Failure's Guide to Finding Tallinn. While both activities are walks, we promise two very different approaches - Nikki will raise questions about how we exist and perceive our surroundings, while Will will inject a personal, emotional angle based on his impressions of Tallinn over the last few days.
Both events will start at Ptarmigan but we will leave the space together at 19:45 and 19:15 respectively, so don't be late!
We have started a podcast, which will feature recordings from discussions, presentations, and other events that take place at Ptarmigan. We started this to release the recordings of the Avatud Toimingud project, and begin with our first event, which featured Triinu Aron. All of the forthcoming Avatud Toimingud events will be recorded, as well as similar events which work in the audio-only form. And we have a few archival recordings as well to dig out, clean up, and post.