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  • laura kuusk

  • loop

    2009-....

    mobile art center 685 cm2

    the blog of Loop

  • Loop is a transportable art center that I created in a doll house found from the street. I am inviting artists to make exhibitions, gi-ving them free hands. The space is transforming from exhibition to exhibition, leaving the marks of the previous shows on the house. The exhibitions are travelling internationally. So far, Loop has had shows in Tartu, Tallinn, Grenoble and Zrich.

    Loop in art center OUI, Grenoble

    Exhibition view to Graldine Michels show, Grenoble/Tallinn

    Loop in Corner College, Zrich

    Loop privat view at Inge Linder-Gaillards place, Grenoble

    Loop in Tallinn city center

    Exhibition view at Clde Coulpiers and Sverine Gorliers show

    Exhibition view at Stphane Deplans show

    Exhibition view at Wladislav Novaks show

  • all the paintings of Wladislav Novak

    2009-....

    oil paintingsdimensions variable (5x5 cm - ...)

  • Wladislav Novak is a painter that I lately met/made. I am making all of his paintings. He does nothing but paintings which philosophy is procrastination.

  • the knife2008/2010

    installation of two light boxes 150 x 202 cm

  • The work started from playing around with images I shot while being in residency in Mon-trouge, France in the spring 2008. I analysed the images and tried to reshoot similar scenes, looking at the images in a way that the combinations and closer looking (a kind of blow up) started to create narratives. Trying out things leaded to some images with an obscure am-biance, something seemed to be missing, something was wrong. Accidentally, I had posed the camera in a way that the head of the model was cut o on some images. I started to like these images most. One couldnt see where she was looking. Having dealed for quite some time in my previous works with the look of the model toward the viewer and the meanings it conveys, I was thrilled by the way the look was cut o. It is very disturbing, as if the main information is cut o from the image. There is just the disquiet pose, the hands, and a knife by the kitchen sink. Something was maybe going on, maybe not... I rea-lized that there has to be two images in order to accent this disquietude- one could say that the most important part of the work is the gap between the images. The two images cut o from their context, the head (and the sight) cut o from the image, the knife, potentially used for cutting, the events of the story cut out. Something might be happening on the images, or in between the two scenes, and inside the head of the model, and the viewer, but we are not given any index for it- it is all cut out. The most important is going on o the frame. By the rules of dramatology of Constantin Stanislavski, everything serves for something on the scene - if the gun is on the scene, it has to be used fro shooting. Similarly, if the knife is there, is it used for cutting? The troubling slight dierences between the two images drag the viewer into the game nd 10 dierences. An ordinary scene from everyday life, aggrandized on the light boxes leaves the viewer in suspense.

    the knife has been exhibited at the exhibition Insanity, curated by Denes Farkas, in the Mu-seum of Estonian Contemporary Art (EKKM) in Tallinn in June 2008 and at the exhibition TOUT, curated by Stphane Sauzedde in contemporary art center OUI in Grenoble in January 2010.

  • mmoires oublies2006

    installation of photography 16 x 16 cm

  • hommage to Mati Unt

    The series of photos is shot in a sleeping district of Tallinn- Mustame-

    in november 2007. The photos are based on a novel Autumn Ball by

    estonian writer and theater director Mati Unt. In the novel, the lifes of

    dierent persons living in the same block of houses cross at certain

    points. The persons dont know each other and their point of view on

    life is very dierent. There are three characters- Eero, Laura and August,

    who I felt close to me for dierent reasons. I chose those three to show

    the possible crossing points of peoples views, who live next to each

    other without ever meeting. The series of images took the shape of a

    crossword: the lines of rectangular images cross at some points- these

    are the views that could be shared by those persons. I was interested

    in the relations between the characters and the visualisation of their

    points of view. Eeros subjective aections, glances-by; Lauras mirro-

    rings, reections and projections; Augusts distance and sharp, detailed,

    objective view. The shape of a crossword is an allusion of the Eeros

    pieces of memory and the missing parts he wants to ll in. He feels that

    something essential is near by, but he cant reach it because of the lost

    or missing memories- mmoires oublies.

    mmoires oublies has been exposed in Tallinn Art Hall at the

    exhibition New Wave, curated by Anders Hrm and Hanno Soans

    in April 2007.

  • on my lm2010

    video(work on process)

  • My lm is about people who are making lms.

    The video on my lm is a portrait of Pierre Olivier Riviere and Pierre Hermann who are both

    making lms. Their practice is in between an amateur and professional ones. They share a

    spontaneous attitude towards the process but keep their idea focused.

    The ideas for their lms are dierent in stories (Riviere is going to make a lm about a maa

    story and Hermann is making a lm about a masked character ) but in a way their attitude is

    similar. They have an ide x and their lms get wrapped in a discourse. Finally, we dont know

    if the lms are made or not, the subject of the discourse remains unknown.

    In my video we see people talking about their lms. There will be scenes where they also

    show the places where the planned lms take place and explain the action plan.

    Following the two parallel stories, we start to realise that the lms are already made in this act

    of showing the potential stories they provoke . We see two lms without seeing them. And

    every viewer sees two dierent ones....

    The video is planned to be nished by july 2010.

  • objectives2008

    1 channel video 900

    here

  • objectives is a video about a detective who is looking through the materials (a photo archi-

    ve and a video diary) that are left behind of a missing person- Kalev Leiga. By the story, Kalev

    Leiga was announced to be missing 2 weeks ago. The detective is looking through the mate-

    rials and taking notes. The more he tries to get closer to Kalev Leiga, the more he drowns into

    the noise of the street and the images. Is Kalev Leiga the detective himself? Who is looking at

    who- is the image looking at the viewer or vice versa, is the detective (who is the story teller)

    looking at Kalev Leiga or is Kalev Leiga looking the viewer?

    The video is composed of a staged video diary and personal photo archives of many people.

    I was interested in the bluring borders between ction and documentary. The curious genre

    of video diary is current on virtual communication/publishing/sharing platvorms such as

    youtube. Does publishing an intimate diary make it public? Who is supposed to watch? Is the

    image looking at us or are we looking at the image? As in my previous works, the questions

    of the dierent points of view and their meeting points, clashes between private and public,

    communication with and through the camera also interest me in this work. The point of view

    of the viewer depends of which are his/her objectives for looking. The video is composed in a

    way that it is impossible to tell whos point of view is the objective one.

    objectives was my master thesis (video together with a written paper) in Estonian Academy

    of Arts photography departement. It was exposed at the exhibition of master students in

    Estonian Art Museum KUMU in June 2008.

  • 7 beloved christmas songs2006/2007

    1 channel video 636

    here

  • The video was made before christmas in 2006 and re-edited in 2007. In the video, we see a girl

    having christmas dinner. All the traditional estonian christmas dishes are there, there is too

    much food, the table is soaked. She proposes somebody to eat hot potatoes (before they get

    cold) before the potato salad. She starts to speak about the apartment rent, but then stops,

    because it is not an appropriate subject for the christmas eve.

    On the musical level, the same thing repeats- there is too much songs playing at the same

    time. They have been juxtaposed on each other, just as the same food repeating itself in dif-

    ferent forms. There are some subjects that are discussed in these songs, everybody is sup-

    posed to want the same things and these things are supposed to make them happy. This is

    the sweet voice of ideology singing to us in these songs that are everywhere in public space-

    on the supermarkets, on the radio etc. during the christmas time. These songs tell us about

    the happy time passed with the dear ones. At the same time, not everybody ts in this model

    of christmas time, either because there is no dear ones, or no food, or no belief in christmas or

    for various other reasons. The expectations for how a christmas should be are high.

    Slavoj iek says that ideology is not something we perceive as something we think we are

    obliged to do, it is something we think we desire.

    The video has been exhibited at the exhibition Club of Marinists, young artists at Tallinn Trien-

    nale of G