We met Evi Pärn in her neighborhood at Kalamaja, a location near the old town with old, wooden fishermen houses – some of them renovated, most of them not. As she mentioned before, old houses have very basic facilities; and those that are renovated are quite expensive.
We had a hot drink at Tops and Lukas Matthai introduced the idea of the final presentation, which is a walk through the old town on Thursday the 6th of March at 9.00 p.m. starting from Kanuti Gildi Saal. This walk will be accompanied by a mobile video projection and mobile sound, based on the artist’s interviews and the archive we were provided by Kumu, the art museum of Estonia. Five-minutes performances will be given by Evi Pärn and Henry Hütt, Johannes Veski and Raul Kurvitz in important cultural locations during 70s, 80s and 90s in Tallinn.
Each of the young artists is asked to create a performance based on the work of an older generation artist and vice versa.
So Evi Pärn will work on a self photo portrait of Leonhard Lapin from 1982, entitled Autoportree Veenusena. There are five rules framing her performance concerning time and creative Tools. The space she will perform at is Kuku Club, a legendary underground pub from 1935. On the same building, on the top floor is Lapin’s studio.
We took a walk through Kalamaja and together had dinner at “Renaissance”, a ukranian restaurant in the old town. Big screen, pop video clips… Good food!
Evi told us stories about the soviet time, stories about the time when the system collapsed. How this political events would have affected Estonians, Russians or other minorities – and how all of this is echoing until now.
It is so interesting to observe how the young artists are related to politics and how they reflect that in their work. Johannes Veski, for example, whom we visited just afterwards in his studio, which is located in a renovated industrial aria just behind the railway station. He often talks about participation and this is the principle on which he sets up his performances: the participation of the audience. His main medium is high technology. The material Lukas suggested for Johannes is the performance “When Lord Zarathustra was young and polite”, a work of 1989 by Raul Kurvitz.
There are five rules framing his creative process regarding duration and mediums/tools. He will perform together with Raul Kurvirz at the bar in Linnahall, a concert and sport venue situated on the harbour which hosted the 22 Summer Olympics of 1980.