Anthropologies Of Space

Kelli Gedvil, Tanel Rander, Inga Salurand, Daria Khrystych, Liis Vares, Bohdana Korohod

Anthropologies of Space is an interdisciplinary (performance)art project initiated by eˉlektron.

  • Artists:Kelli Gedvil (EST), Tanel Rander (EST), Daria Khrystych (UKR), Liis Vares (EST), Bohdana Korohod (UKR), Inga Salurand (EST)
  • Dramaturgy:Maike Lond
  • Technical support, producer:eˉlektron
  • Project manager:Eneli Järs
  • Partner:Baltoscandal
  • Support:Ministry of Culture, Cultural Endowment of Estonia, Tallinn City

In 2020 eˉlektron started an experimental project Anthropologies of Space, in which the participating artists deal with issues of man and space. Even in the global context, the contemporary cultural space is in a new delicate situation. As cultural theorists have documented, contemporary precarity is linked to a broader range of technological, social, and political changes. Traditional "grand narratives" and values associated with the Enlightenment and the old Western moral order are also constantly being called into question. Our traditional space of values has to constantly explain and make sense of itself, to stand up for itself.
Artists Daria Khrystych, Liis Vares, Bohdana Korohod and Inga Salurand focus on liminality. The concept of liminal spaces is familiar from architecture - spaces whose function is limited, whose role is to take the user from one place to another. These spaces are not for staying or being in - lobbies, corridors, streets, highways and abandoned spaces. Transitional spaces are also psychological spaces - spaces where we mentally prepare ourselves to consider what is on the other side. Big personal changes are also transition spaces - a child becomes an adult and leaves home, you are fired or you are caught in the emotional draft of a divorce. In these rooms - both in the stairwell and in the court - one is in limbo - neither here nor there. Transitional spaces can and must be treated as a material, semiotic and psychological whole.

The 2022 Anthropologies of Space had their premieres at the Baltoscandal festival in different locations in the city of Rakvere.