CHAIRMAN. THE OPERA
“Chairman. The Opera” is a fictive opera about the most notorious gay man in Tartu. On the photographic rendering of the play we can see different scenes from the life of Cahirman. The fictive opera based on archival material and interviews try to give an overview of the life of sexual minorities.
The installation won both this years Köler Prize and People’s Choice Award.
Johanna Kivimägi, Al Masson, OÜ Valge Kuup (Jaana Jüris and Neeme Külm), Tui Hirv and Reimo-Võsa Tangsoo.
This work has been made with the support of Estonian Cultural Endowment, The Factory of Art and Design and FAIR residency programme.
EKKM press release
Results of the jury and exhibition audience vote
Marten Esko “Sümbioosimeister Jaanus Samma”, Sirp 7.06.2013 (in Estonian)
Hanno Soans “Kujuteldava ooperi mõjuväljas”, Sirp 7.06.2013 (in Estonian)
Tanel Veenre “Jaanus Samma: kunst ei ole alati lihtne meelelahutus”, EPL 28.05.2013 (in Estonian)
APPLIED ART FOR A GAY CLUB
Male erotic video project with the accompanying catalogue
“Applied Art for a Gay Club” is a video project I made together with Alo Paistik. The initial idea was conceived in autumn 2008 at a gay club in Paris while watching background videos. The shooting took place in summer 2009 and the project was officially presented beginning of January 2011.
The video consists of six short scenes of laboring men, shot on the Estonian islands of Muhu and Saaremaa. The central interest of the project is to deal with certain socio-cultural dimensions of homo erotica.
AAFAGC grew out of fascination for the erotic videos shown at many gay clubs. These videos function primarily as a way to fill the visual and temporal voids clubs desperately try to avoid. They are moving wallpapers that Francois can rest his eyes on when Markus goes to fetch a cocktail.
Video, although considered superficial, offers plenty of freedom to play around with. The AAFAGC videos – visual accessory, an applied art – could be turned into vehicles that would convey reflections about the complex nature of erotic body in traditional agrarian environment.
The videos themselves are destined to be shown primarily on the screens of different gay clubs. We wished to appropriate the casual and relaxed club environment and transform it into a laboratory to explore how and when laboring men become more than just (mundanely) laboring men.
The catalogue includes essays, interviews and articles on the position of gay culture and homo erotics in the Central and Eastern Europe context. Contributors to the catalogue are Arnaud-Pierre Fourtané & Didier Fitan (Kaiserin, FR), Andreas Kalkun (EE), Ray Langenbach (US), Karol Radziszewski (DikFagazine, PL), Peeter Rebane (EE), Christian Veske (EE). Catalogue is in English.
Exhibition took place in März project space (Olevimägi 7) 6 – 9 January 2011.
The presentation of the catalogue took place 7 January with an artist talk lead by Maarin Ektermann. The presentation was followed by a party in the DIY gay club set up in März.
Project was supported by Cultural Endowment.