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installation programme

URBAN PARASITES / August 18-21

10 installations / different locations

This year Urban Festival UIT is turning its focus on parasitic architecture. We’ve asked both local and foreign artists to view the city from a parasite’s perspective and encouraged them to find new ways of life either the deficit or excess of space. Urban parasites have found their master organisms in narrow spaces between buildings, in abandoned factories, overgrown ponds and forgotten cinemas. Installations are scattered all over Tartu, go and find them!


photo: Jose Manuel Pedrajas

FERNANDO ABELLANAS (ES) “Mobile Parasite” 

August 18-21, 12:00–20:00

Kastani 167

Parasitism is a type of symbiosis, a close relationship in which one of the participants, the parasite, depends on the other, the host, and obtains some benefit.

“Mobile Parasite” is an artifact that analyzes the nooks and crannies of the city adapting to its forms in order to take advantage of the benefits that each place can offer. Be it walls, an interesting location or a roof with which to protect yourself from the rain.

Supported by: City of Tartu, Cultural Endowment of Estonia 


Fernando Abellanas (1984) is a designer and craftsman from Valencia, Spain. He left school at 18 to work as a plumber, but his interest in art and design led to learning the techniques on his own. For the past 14 years, Abellanas has been combining the work of a plumber, designer and craftsman - this has helped him to start his own business (Lebrel Studio) and finally dedicate to being a designer and artist.

In his work, he combines mostly wood and metal, taking advantage of the qualities of each one of them. During recent years, Abellanas has been doing more installation works for festivals, but also for architecture studios and commercial brands. He has been diving into personal artistic projects related to the city as a space for exploration, analysis and play. The theme that inspires him the most, is parasite architecture. For that reason, Abellanas has been a great inspiration for our installation program.


Abellanas has participated in art, design and architecture festivals such as:

PolinizaDos (Valencia, Spain), Concentrico (Logroño, Spain), Bien Urbain (Besanzón, France), Bienal de Arte da Maia (Portugal). 

Fernando Abellanas website

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