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installation programme

URBAN PAUSES/ August 16-19

9 installations / different locations

The main theme of the 2023 festival is "Urban Pauses" that focuses on the wastelands and voids of Tartu. These are transitional and untamed places, which at first glance seem to lack function, but nevertheless are valuable as they are. Together with artists we explore the impact and meaning of urban pauses in the city space. Installations inspired by urban pauses are created by nine artists or groups from Estonia and abroad, three of them are young architects that were selected through an open competition.

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TAAVI PIIBEMANN (EE) “What Does What You Do Do?”
2020*, 2023

Tiigi 67 parking lot
August 16–19  at 12:00–20:00

This time, Piibemann asks through action. For five days, he sorts through the pieces of destroyed buildings and transports them to their "place" in the parking lot - red on one side and white on the other. It may seem absurd to you, the viewer, and it may not. Piibemann's action does something if you can draw conclusions about the consequences of your actions through it.

Taavi Piibemann: "In 2006, Toomas Kalve described me with the following words: a pleasant person, analytical, and poor enough. It is possible that the first two adjectives are still at least partially valid.

In 2008, Eha Komissarov made an observation during an exhibition process that, unlike me, Kiwa likes making art. Work on me being more like Kiwa is ongoing.

In 2016, Kadri Veermäe pointed out that I don't make works "from up close", that is, stemming from my feelings, etc. — I think that I have gradually developed in that respect."

*Piibemann's exhibition with the same name took place in 2020 in the Tartu gallery-shop (now Haki gallery).

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