Platform

Stage of the future

Andrus Aaslaid built a stage for us in two weeks. One that fits in your web browser and connects performers and viewers across the globe. Then Kristjan Jansen came and continued to peck. Each show is unique. Some use several stages at once, some want to communicate face-to-face with the audience, some want the audience to participate in creating the best manifesto in the world, some want to move the viewer into a virtual space or dance in the middle of a 360* performance. If you imagine a blackbox, it's not all complicated - the walls are, the ceiling is and the floor and the audience podium are as well. But now imagine that your only tools are, on average, slower internet, code, and squeaky computer speakers, so you can guess how damn difficult this task is. We are dealing with it day by day. To give you, cut off from the world, the opportunity to offer a collective, intimate, imaginative moment. A world where you can be alone together. Our stage of the future has been appreciated by artists, critics as well as Universal Music and other start-up competitions, hackathons and accelerators.

Arts

eˉlektron creates and presents transdisciplinary artworks/performances for both physical and virtual stage be it made with a paint brush, played by guitar, viewed through oculus or experienced as XR. As long as it speaks to us and has a twist.

Development

We develop tech when we play with ideas of neurotheater, when we make visuals for nightclubs, and when the world shuts, we build a stage from code, when bars close we build a bar from code with equal love to traditional theater and contemporary performing art pieces. Our virtual stage is the stage of the future. Art and technology terra incognita. all the wishes and dreams of the artists we write in code. We make impossible possible. The foundation of eˉlektron is strong theater experience, technological skills, and a digital punk attitude that allows you to do things differently, breaking the rules and creating new ones. We luv it all.

Interaction

Immediate feedback, direct manipulation, collaborative real-time interfaces, and mothers of all demos: Elektron has gone deep reading on the interaction design history and the heroes of the forgotten revolution: Douglas Engelbart, Alan Kay, and Bret Victor. Bringing the lost android dreams to the digital activism and performing arts of the future, we follow the tracks of the pioneers of the human-machine interfaces, mixing it with original free internet dream, creating transcendental experiences in post-metaverse-universe.

Research

eˉlektron's projects and technical development have earned the attention of several universities and researchers. Several Ph.D. students have developed their prototypes in eˉlektron's projects. The first prototypes are made to use audiences' emotions to create a proper neurotheater performance.

Skills

Production

First there was punk and then ballet. Then electronic music that became opera. Our team has a long history in performing arts from sound, video and light design to interactive installations, from dramaturgy to performing and directing. Sometimes failing, sometimes it's a success. Usually both. That's the way we learn.

Network

Despite our soviet keep-your-head-down kinderstube we have managed to make some good friends in universities like Tartu University, Tallinn University HCILab, and Estonian Art Academy. They have experts and students and we have curiosity. We also have made friends among festivals and curators around Europe. We collaborate with Kanuti Gildi SAAL, FFT Düsseldorf and Pixelache and Aavistus Festival Helsinki. And of course we have made some friends among artists and audience. Oh and yes, don’t forget the Estonian Ministry Of Culture.

Design

Admittedly most of us are colorblind and in general tilt towards black and white. But it’s just most of us. No more, no less. We are great in interaction design and postcard design and we 🖤 our logo.

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In office

Hendrik Kaljujärv

Hendrik is a composer and performer. Performs music with Karl Saks (Cubus Larvik) and Maarja Nuut. Hendrik has a solo project called "ruum". Has created music for many productions and directed himself. Hendrik graduated audiovisual creation at the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre.

Maike Lond

Maike has graduated Interfaculty ArtScience at Royal Academy of Arts, Den Hague. She is one of the initiators of an artist collective MIMproject. Maike is mainly working in the field of performing arts as a director-performer and dramaturge. She is playing guitar in a noise rock band Zahir.

Taavet Jansen

Taavet has been working on performing art for more than 20 years – as a dancer, choreographer, director, sound and video designer, interactivity programmer. He is one of the founders of the art and technology collective MIMproject. Currently, he is a Ph.D. student in the Estonian Academy of Art with the topic “developing a feeling of presence on the online live art platform elektron.art” and a lecturer at the University of Tartu Viljandi Culture Academy.

Kaie Olmre

Kaie is e⁻lektron's project manager. She has a background from props making and MA in art education. She has worked as a project writer at the Ukrainian Culture Center and a producer at Kanuti Gildi SAAL. Kaie is a performer and has been in a tech team of several performances.

Bohdana Korohod

Bohdana is an artist and independent researcher. She has graduated Political Science from Kyiv-Mohyla Academy (Ukraine), Leiden University (The Netherlands) and MA Sound and Visual Technology program at Tartu University Viljandi Culture Academy. She works with visual arts and performance. At e‾lektron she’s curating “fruitful misunderstandings”, "e⁻lektron.signal" podcast, "Kausaal: A living Bookshop".

Kristjan (Kika) Jansen

Kristjan is a user experience designer, engineer and educator. He used to work for Skype and Taxify/ Bolt. Kristjan was building an interactive learning environment Fachwerk.

Jaan Evart

Jaan lives in Tallinn and Amsterdam. After his studies at the Estonian Academy of Arts and Amsterdam’s Gerrit Rietveld Academie he received his Masters from Arnhem Werkplaats Typografie. He works as a freelance designer in Estonia and internationally, mostly in the culture sector.

Krista Jakobson Hadar

Krista is eˉlektron’s accountant!

Out of office:

Andrus Aaslaid Andrus Laansalu Evi Pärn Katrin Aaslaid Tencu Raul Keller Henri Hütt Eleonora Tikas Priit Raud Kalle Tikas Annika Üprus