Participating artists: Nina Beier (DK), Jos de Gruyter & Harald Thys (BE), Pakui Hardware (LT), Vytenis Jankūnas (US), Žilvinas Landzbergas (LT), David Maljkovič (HR), Sebastian Diaz Morales (AR/NL), Emilija Škarnulytė (LT)
Assistant curator: Edgaras Gerasimovičius
A shot of adrenaline for Tallinn Art Hall – with Random Rapid Heartbeats Contemporary Art Centre Vilnius brings a varied selection of exhibitions from their last three years’ programme to Tallinn.
CAC and Tallinn Art Hall – two similar institutions from Estonia and Lithuania that focus on organizing temporary exhibitions –share their experiences in dealing with the situation where an institution, constantly aspiring to re-invent itself, deliberately puts itself into a state of stress. Dizziness, high blood pressure, and insomnia are the symptoms of tachycardia, which in human patients is not a long lasting condition, but in an exhibition-making institution almost never completely disappears. Inviting CAC to exhibit its recent activities in Tallinn is based on the goal of gaining experiences from one another and sharing creative motivation.
Random Rapid Heartbeats is an example of this physically elevated state in the CAC, presenting selected solo exhibitions hosted by the institution from 2014 to 2016. With mediums ranging from performance art and installation to video and film, these artworks were not only produced by the institution but changed it as well. All of these works seemed challenging and dizzying in the beginning but brought unexpected conceptual and emotional results in the end.
The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue, that in addition to covering CAC’s activities from the last three years also critically engages with the life of an art institution in the Baltics in general. Also during the opening weekend, a video screening will take place in Tallinn Cinema House, showcasing selected works from the XII Baltic Triennial.
Random Rapid Heartbeats will take place in all three venues of Tallinn Art Hall – the main hall (Vabaduse väljak 8), Art Hall Gallery (Vabaduse väljak 6) and City Gallery (Harju 13).
When we have large exhibitions that use all the Art Hall venues, an entry fee applies throughout the entire exhibition. It is therefore possible to purchase regular and concession tickets (regular €3; concession €2) in every exhibition hall.