WasteArt : Reuse of Waste through Arts and Crafts (WasteArt) No. Est-Lat 65
Population increase, economic development and materialistic innovations have increased demand on Earth’s finite resources. Humans not only produce low-value waste, but also through innovations, such as microplastics, pollute ecosystems, thus damaging their own livelihood. Waste management is an especially a topical problem due to the increase of global population and its consumption habits that can lead to serious environmental problems. In the European Union (EU), only 40% of waste is recycled or reused. According to Eurostat data, the situation in Latvia and Estonia is less pleasing and shows around 20% of waste is recycled. Most of the waste is sent to landfills or is incinerated. The 7th EU Environmental Action Programme sets the following priorities: to reduce the amount of waste generated; to maximize recycling and re-use; to limit incineration to non-recyclable materials and to phase out landfills for non-recyclable and non-recoverable waste. Both countries still have much to do to fulfil this EU waste policy and one of the steps is to raise public awareness and understanding of the problem.
The main objective of the WasteArt project is to increase the awareness and promote change in people’s habits towards more environmentally friendly behaviour concerning waste reduction, re-use, and recycling (Waste 3R). WasteArt will use the capacity of contemporary art and the diversity of artistic practices to increase public awareness of the vast amounts of waste produced by human daily activities; as well as through the introduction of Waste Audit approach the WasteArt project will promote the Waste 3R at kindergartens and schools.
To reach the main objective, the project team will implement the following activities:
Artistic creative Reuse Campaign “NOT out of sight, NOT out of mind” is aimed at general public. It will use the capacity of contemporary art and the diversity of artistic practices to increase public awareness towards waste produced by human activities. As a part of this activity, project partners will develop traveling art exhibition “NOT out of sight, NOT out of mind”, containing of 14 artworks developed by artists from Estonia, Latvia and abroad. The exhibition will showcase artists’ interpretation of the waste problem to increase public awareness of consumer material waste issues and resource efficiency. The artworks will travel as a joint exhibition and will be displayed in public locations across six places in Latvia and Estonia. Each opening in a new place will be marked by an open communication event.
Campaign “Waste Audit and 3R” will target kindergartners, school-children, and school staff. It will engage education institutions in using the Waste 3R approach, thus promoting the sustainable use of natural resources and reduction of waste. This objective will be achieved by developing and implementing a waste audit across 24 kindergartens and schools by addressing the causes not consequences of the problem.
IES is a leading partner of the WasteArt project. The institute will be responsible for the overall project management, as well as involved in both campaigns – Artistic Creative Reuse Campaign and “Waste Audit and 3R”.
Project duration: August 2018 – January 2021
Leading partner: Foundation “Institute for Environmental Solutions”
Partners: Mittetulundusühing Tipu Looduskool (MTL); Mooste KülalisStuudio MTÜ (MoKS); Vidzemes plānošanas regions (VPR); Võru Vallavalitsus (VV); SIA “ZAAO”
Project Manager: Guna Dātava; email@example.com; +371 26568947
Founding programme: European Regional Development Fund, Interreg V-A Estonia – Latvia (Est-Lat) Programme
Co-funding: project partners
Budget: Overall project budget is 344 452.87 EUR, ERDF contribution – 292 784.92 EUR
Fermentation along borders of normality,
March to June- residencies
21.- 22.07 exhibition days
23.- 27.07 symposium
From March to June 2018, 15 artists from Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Finland and Korea will work at MoKS, Mooste, Estonia. During this time ideas take shape and art works are created, to be presented publicly on July 21st and 22nd at Piirimäe Farm, Viisli village, Estonia. This will be followed by the Metsik symposium from July 23rd until July 27th for invited participants, where Wild will be collaboratively explored, discussed and performed.
Wild brings together creators and (re)searchers to the shrubs and coppices, fields and meadows, that border wilderness and human activity. Wild draws attention to the notion of wild as metaphor for biodiversity, perceptual awareness and the need for experimenting with open ended non-standardized modes of living.
Wild is not only a term we use to designate the physical space of wilderness, but also a platform for understanding mental and cultural perceptions of natural (pre-industrial?) processes. Wild aims to open up discussions and dispute underlying assumptions regarding objectification, commodification, and normalization of living entities within complex ecological systems.Wild is a frame for self-reflection, from understanding one’s thinking and behavioral habits to discovering new roles in forms of social and cultural engagement. Wild is an exercise in observing the subtle transition zones between human activity and plant and animal habitats, from spaces of civilized management to the wilding areas of abandonment, ruins and forgotten cultivation slowly fading into the ever evolving perma-forest of life.
Curated by Evelyn and John Grzinich
SAARA- MARIA KARIRANTA
HANNA- KAISA VAINIO
IEVA BERTATSIUTE GROSBAHA
EKU (Evelyn Grzinich)
The artist-run art centre Totaldobže (LV) and the artist-run space MoKS (EE) invite you to take part in contemporary art exhibition OMEGA 3, which will take place in Mooste Seed Sorting Factory (Mooste Estonia) from July 2nd – August 1st 2016.
The OMEGA 3 exhibition is curated by Kaspars Lielgalvis (the head of Totaldobže Art Centre) and facilitated together with MoKS.
The Mooste Seed Sorting Factory was built in 1970s and is still active using the old-fashioned machinery in spite of impressive changes not only in the local economy, but also in the agriculture industry globally over the last fifty years.
The concept of the exhibition has been built around the industrial facility itself and several strands of historical, social and technical significance:
The exterior of the building is not worth mentioning, but the interior is quite opposite – rich with surprises thanks to a complex maze of machinery, which consists of massive shaking boxes, containers, and nearly hundred different lengths and widths of pipes and tubes for transportating sorted seeds, grains and waste. The size of whole machinery is around 20m by 10m with height of 14m. For maintenance, there are 3 platforms linked by stairs.
Established as experimental facility aiming to develop a flax industry in Soviet Baltic region, the factory has experienced changes in usage several times over a period of five decades. Still using the same machinery, the factory is still used for sorting different kinds of seeds and grains today. In recent years the factory has transformed into a cinematic heritage site from the mechanization era of agriculture, kept alive by enthusiasts, who for several reasons do not want to or are not able to keep up with contemporary technologies.
Farmers bring their harvest to the factory to clean it from the waste and to sort seeds and grains by size and weight. The harvested raw material goes through shaking, blowing and sieving phases several times until all waste is removed and the seeds are accurately sorted.
The machinery is out of date in comparison with newer technologies, but it serves well as a working place for its employees and is part of a larger agriculture enterprise, which produces human- and eco-friendly products from flax seeds – linseed oil and linseed flour. Upgrading the machinery most probably would rise the price of the production and quite possibly bankrupt for the whole enterprise.
Linseeds naturally contains lots of healthy minerals for the human body, but the most important today is the fatty acid Omega 3. French physician David Servan-Schreiber indicated the connection between massive food industrialization and the widespread outbreak of cancer since 1940s. Agrochemicals besides other impacts on food, destroy the balance between fatty acids decreasing level of Omega 3 in vegetables, fruits, meat, bread, milk products and eggs, which we use every day, even when trying to feed our bodies with the healthiest available food. In comparison with other plants, linseed is one of the richest sources of Omega 3.
In light of these concepts there are many other aspects related to the existence of this factory which can be communicated through art works for the exhibition once you start to think more broadly.
Here are just few ideas, generated during the last Black Holes creative workshop, that took place 5 min walking distance from the Mooste Seed Sorting Factory at the artist-run residency center MoKS, from 23/11-14/12/2015:
Celebration of the factory as an act of written history – what makes memory? What makes an object become valuable and worth preserving as a heritage – educational sample for society today and in the future?
How can existing industry can be reshaped in order to produce healthy products in an eco-friendly way, helping activate more responsible co-existence in global and local changes.
Appearance and disappearance of man made objects, new relations between man made objects, the environment, and people.
Seeds as particles. Particles as elements of something whole.
At the opening event of the exhibition on the 2nd of July we plan a concert of musical compositions developed by Linda Leimane (LV) and Marianna Liik (EE) from their ideas discovered during the initial Black Holes creative workshop, that took place at MoKS. Two composers of contemporary academic music and two multidisciplinary artists Voldemārs Johansons (LV) and Taavi Suisalu (EE) were invited to work 3 weeks together on creation of ideas for new art works. The workshop was moderated by Kaspars Lielgalvis, who proposed to keep in mind the Mooste Seed Sorting Factory as a potential venue for their new works. Laterally the workshop's focus on the factory switched from being a potential concert and exhibition venue to an object of concept for the art works that were developed for an exhibition.
Kaspars Lielgalvis from Totaldobže is organising Black Hole's workshop in MoKS, where 8 representatives of contemporary art from Estonia, Latvia and The Netherlands will spend 3 weeks together learning from each other, creating and developing their new creative ideas. The main focus of the workshop is to enrich the artistic means of expression of participating artists in the process of experiments, steping out ones comfort zone. The outcome of the workshop will be presented in Tallinn and Riga.
Black Holes has been developing since 2011 and has become the foundation and primary activity of Art Centre Totaldože. The aim of the Project is to develop cooperation with foreign art institutions in order to dissolve borders of local art environments and create works that would become part of an international movement.
Laura Prikule (visual artist/Latvia), Krišjānis Zeļģis (poet/Latvia), Platons Buravickis (contemporary academic music composer/Latvia), Märt-Matis Lill (contemporary academic music composer/Estonia), Kaspar Aus (contemporary dance/Estonia)
MoKS meetings is a series of events, what introduces MoKS AIRs to Tartu art audience. Event is lead by invited moderator, besides artist there is also a surprise guest, whose activity or field of research links with the topic of the event. Meetings will take place in various locations around Tartu.
In 2015 series of meetings is funded by Eesti Kultuurkapital