Descriptions of installations


Einike Leppik “Kookon”/“Cocoon“

The installation “Kookon” creates a luminous stopping point in the darkness between the trees of Toomemägi, a kind of non-existent space – a place that does not exist during the day but starts creating itself in sounds when darkness falls. The visitor can enter the installation and reach its center to experience the most authentic feeling. Luminous threads that have been tied around trees symbolize human journeys that cross each other. The sound has been created by uniting people’s natural voices, humming and parts of songs that were recorded in the same area.The result is like a mantra in the form of a continuous flow of sound.


Ingrid Aasoja-Zverev and Aleksandr Zverev “Secret City”

The installation reminds us that the surroundings of Kivisild (Stone Bridge) used to be one of the livliest areas of Tartu – a market place and a vibrant center of the town that is not perceived today in the park and Ülejõe neighbourhood. „Secret City“ takes visitors to a bizarre place that looks like a park but sounds like and is lit like a street in a vibrant city center, showing the contradictory layers of the history of space of Tartu. The installation is located in the place of the former (before WW II) hotel Bellevue and cinema Heli (Saturn). Light boxes are put along the street line of the former hotel in the shape of a corner of the former city block. There are various sounds in the background: footsteps on the street, people talking (business street), a bigger crowd (cinema).


Varvara&Mar “Smile”

Non-places in Marc Auge’s interpretation are transit zones that lack emotional and cultural coherency, for example airports and shopping centres that look the same everywhere. People do not become attached to nor have memories about such non-places. At the same time, in our accelerating world the number of non-places that leave us absolutely indifferent is on the rise.
An emotional memory, for example a big smile and an impression, can turn a non-place into a place for someone. Therefore, the idea of the installation is to make people smile and have a positive relationship to the place. We often forget to smile. At the same time, one smiley face can light up several dark nights, turn a non-place into a place, and be a source of good ideas.
How will artists make people smile? The installation consists of an interactive place that records smiles and a big LED-smiley that lights up only when someone smiles. One smile can light up the entire surroundings.


Timo A. Aalto “Arbores Lux”

The installation pays homage to old Tartu, the old neighbourhood of Ülejõe before WW II – upside down trees mark the old street that does not exist anymore. It continues the tree series started in Salo in 2013 (Arbores Mortis). Beams of light form treebranches, drawing them upside down like in reflection on the water, bringing attention to the river that is quite underused space in Tartu, and creating interesting mirror world to enliven forgotten places.


Jenni Pystynen “A-B”

The installation draws out a section of Struve´s Arc that reaches all the way from the Arctic Ocean to the Black Sea. It is made of neon tubes that are located above the heads of the viewers so that they would be looking up at the artwork like Struve did for the most of his life. The varying colors represent different nations that the Arc aches across. A-B visualises the conceptual line that was a triumph of international scientific collaboration and the first significant step in the development of earth sciences. The installation is situated in the vicinity of Tartu Observatory where Fr. G. W. Struve conducted most of his work, trying to establish the exact shape and size of planet Earth.