17:15-18:45 (EET, Tallinn time)
Taavi Suisalu, Estonia
Taavi Suisalu conjures small utopias that act simultaneously on metaphorical, poetical and technical contexts. His work manifests in interactive installations, performative situations and curatorial endeavors that blend traditional and contemporary sensibilities and activate peripheral spaces for imaginative encounters. Suisalu’s work balances between artistic and scientific approaches, studio and fieldwork and his practice is informed by phenomena of contemporary society and its relations to developments in technologies, being interested in the behaviour, perception and thinking of social beings.
Suisalu has recorded volcanoes and malfunctioning satellites, composed for lawnmowers, blended living and digital ecosystems, explored datafictions and discrepancies between digital immigrants and natives. In 2014, he received the Young Estonian Artist Prize for curating a distributed exhibition throughout non-existent villages of Southern Estonia. In 2017, his work Distant Self-Portrait was awarded 2nd prize in Riga Photography Biennial Awards. In 2018 he was one of the selected artists to participate in the European Media Art Platform.
In recent years his work has been shown at KUMU in Tallinn; Riga Photography Biennale and RIXC festival in Riga Art Space and Latvian National Museum of Art in Latvia; Le Lieu Unique in France; Impakt in Netherlands; European Central Bank in Frankfurt; BOZAR and European Parliament in Brussels; Nikola Tesla Technical Museum in Croatia; gallery Triumph in Moscow; gallery Horseandpony Fine Arts and Weisser Elefant in Berlin; WRO Media Art Biennale in Four Domes Pavilion in Poland and in many venues and festivals in Estonia.
19:00-20:30 (Tallinn time)
Ray LC, USA
RAY LC is an interdisciplinary artist and designer based in New York City. You can find him gesturing emotively to robots and other furniture at Parsons School of Design, patrolling the streets of Madison Square Park in VR goggles, teaching social dancing with a dramatic flare (most of the time in Japanese no less) at Columbia University, and burning down the kitchen with spicy Singaporean cuisine at International House NYC. He is also a neuroscientist.
Ray describes his practice as a creative technology and interactive art inspired and supported by multidisciplinary understanding of human behavior. With his works he also aims at creating human-machine gesture dynamics with environmental intelligence to let our world talk to us, so we can empathize deeply with others and with ourselves.
In 2020 his works were presented at Burning Man BRCvr, New York Short Documentary Film Fest, CICA Museum and EdgeCut NewMuseum.