Project co-ordinator at E-Media Center of Estonian Academy of Arts.
Since 1994 lecturer at Estonian Academy of Arts on media art history, art and cyberculture.
Participations in festivals of video and media art: French-Baltic Video Art Festivals (1993, 94, 96) - Grand Prix in 1994; WRO 95, Wroclaw; Second International Video and Electronic Art Manifestation in Montreal 1995, French-Baltic-Nordic Video and Electronic Art Festival, Riga 1997, 20th Tokyo Video Festival, 1998 (Silver Award). Curator of "offline@online" festival of electronic and digital arts.
Curated exhibitions of "S & K" (1991, 92, 93), "Para 89" ("Crystals of Darkness", 1993 in Swdertllje, Sweden) and French-Baltic Video Art Festival 1994 in Tallinn.
since 1985 more than 150 articles in main cultural and art magazines and newspapers of Estonia, in recent years mainly on media and electronic art In 1988 wrote first text on video art in Estonian (published in art magazine "Kunst" 1989).
Wrote book on Surrealism ("Kunst Publishers" 1993).
Within the symposium he is making a presentation and discussion: Media art. New educational models
Media artist and an expert in multimedia. Skills, need for expression and technology.
Skills, need for expression and technology
Main question relies in terms of how qualified as an expert should the artist be in technical questions of multimedia, in using software, computers, to work as an artist and author of media art? After my experience for young person with normal IQ and author's ambitions it is enough about 1 year to develop oneself as a media artist.
Examining words “specialist in multimedia”, there are options, to describe it as nonsense or to understand it in narrower sense, without attributing to person competence in every sub field of multimedia.
In the ideal case such persons are supposed to be multi-specialists, whom alike are hard to find. As here lies the field of “multi”, whereto belong elements as sound, video, graphics, hypertext, programming, HTML-coding and if added to one's cultural competency and economical understanding, then we can say - these are attributes for an artist of the 3 Millennium. I doubt if there is possible to find plenty of such kind of intellectual super-humans.
Typical something-doers in the field of multimedia are artists. Reason, why they still do that is their will to express themselves. This is forcing to put all strength into it. And that is an important engine, which is pushing them to learn and move. For some reasons it is underestimated. Person, who has an “engine”, will to express himself, “author´s blood”, can learn much faster as talented technological person.
We can follow movement, that “authors” are learning technology, are achieving professionalism in multimedia and representing technological art, but technological people quite rarely are working as artists. Their focus seems to be in magnification of their incomes.
This point of view is focused on multimedia from art education perspective. Art education doesn’t mean learning skills and training of sight, it means also to know in which extend to use skills in art world and when it is better to use less skills.
Traditional skills like polisher of crystal or knitting of carpets are relatively useless from point of contemporary art world. New field of digital multimedia is not passed through filter of institutionalization and hardly exists thanks to enthusiasts. Those fields do not belong to official university level of art education in Estonia.
Works of artists, techno-artists and designers are often based on feeling of context and catching the trends. In that sense for artists there is not much to do with brilliance of useless skills, if artist doesn’t feel where and why he/she is using those skills. Estonian artist Eduard Wiiralt once described Marc Chagall as person with poor drawing skills. Chagall is much more well known as Wiiralt, who was over skilled graphical artist, almost national hero in Estonia but not much known internationally. Notion and influence of art is not measured by technological brilliance and amount of work presented in artwork.
Question of less and more is question of multimedia professional. Artist is not doing his product into vacuum, but into cultural environment. Influence and notion of his work is not measured by amount of hours spend by him or virtuosity of skills presented in work.
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