Nikolay Oleynikov (Chto Delat) ja Shvemy Cooperative, 2015/2019

Making Another World Possible. Queer and Now

room A 101

“Making Another World Possible Conversations Series” presents engaging discussions on topics concerning the Estonian context and the global cultural art scene. Prominent speakers will include international artists, curators, collectors, educators, activists, and other cultural practitioners, shedding critical light on topical issues. All conversations will take place at The Estonian Academy of Arts.

 

The Conversation Series is programmed as a preamble to the book Making Another World Possible : 10 Creative Time Summits, 10 Global Issues, 100 Art Projects (Routledge, 2019) edited by Corina L. Apostol and Nato Thompson and produced by Creative Time, a landmark publication which takes stock of socially engaged cultural practices dealing with the urgency of contemporary social movements. Complete with a selected timeline of socially engaged art by the collective Chto Delat, the book offers a review of the current state of the field, a dive into ten global issues through commissioned essays, and showcases one hundred inspiring artistic projects from around the world.

Queer and Now

 

Participants: Aet Kuusik, Ede Raadik, Mari Bastashevski, Zach Blas

 

How is digital connectivity fostering and evolving the representation of the gender-fluid constituencies online, including the queer and trans community’s range of creative, social, and political self-expression? In this conversation, we also turn to queer and feminist art practices as aesthetic interventions that powerfully impact the practices, discourses, and futures of science and technology, pedagogies, and economics. 

 

Aet Kuusik is an editor and contributor at Feministeerium, an independent feminist web magazine in Estonia. She was a co-organiser of the feminist festival Ladyfest and has been active in other grassroots initiatives. Aet is especially interested in queer perspectives, intersections between power and privilege, and animal rights.

 

Ede Raadik’s artwork can be characterized by her intellectual, poetic yet emphatically dry approach. The artist works in series; her work often depicts schemes and charts where the artist presents statistics about systems that always include unknown, thus referring to the absurdity and the possibility to distrust the presented subject. 

 

Mari Bastashevski is an artist, writer, and researcher. Her works – usually a result of extensive online and field investigations – integrate manifestations of information, photographs, and texts to explore the role of visual presentation in creating and sustaining state-corporate power. 

 

Zach Blas is an artist, filmmaker, and writer whose practice spans technical investigation, theoretical research, conceptualism, performance, and science fiction. He is a Lecturer in the Department of Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths, University of London.