On 28 November, a new magazine/art project Uus Materjal (New Material) was launched at the Contemporary Art Museum Estonia. As is evident from its name, the magazine/art project explores themes linked to concepts like new materialism and the return of material, which have gained prominence in the art world over the past years.
However, Uus Materjal goes beyond art theory and features a variety of other fields like design, music and even engineering and does this in a quite unexpected way. Rather than sticking to the traditional magazine format, Uus Materjal has brought together a diverse collection of media and materials, all packaged in handmade 6 kg concrete boxes.
Cultural Endowment of Estonia, Estonian Academy of Arts: The Institute of Art History and Photography Department, TTK University of Applied Sciencesl, Kumu Art Museum, Contemporary Art Museum Estonia, Antalis AS, ViaCon Eesti AS, Artishok Records, Kesto OÜ, Telema AS, AS Prike, Center for Contemporary Arts Estonia, Estonian Contemporary Art Development Center, Kondas Centre of Naive Art.
Maarin Ektermann, Priit Valge, Kalev Pari, Martti Kiisa, Lauri Peetrimägi, Anne Kraav, Kalev Ramjalg, Pille Hamburg, Andres Kurg, Ranno Ait, Henri Hütt, Ats Parve, Raiko Suits, Solveig Jahnke, Triin Aas and Siim Reispass.
Model of the concrete box was made by Raido Uusma under the guidance of Priit Valge and Kalev Pari
Evelyn Raudsepp, Marten Esko, Epp Õlekõrs, Madli Ehasalu, Brigita Reinert, Eva-Erle Lilleaed, Helen Ikla
What happens with an artwork when the exhibition is closed? Furthermore, what becomes of an artwork when the author has abandon it? How long has an artwork the value of Art and at what point it becomes just a material?
Short exhibition at EKKM formed magazine's time and space based chapter (29.11–1.12.2014), which focused on the afterlife of artworks and on the possibility of new materialism. Participating artists contributed to a birth of a new material.
Immaterial, though playing a considerably important role for the whole experience – sound at the exhibition – remains often undocumented and stays modestly behind the scenes. Following compilation of sound designs for exhibitions creates a collage of the most important artists from that genre over the last ten years in Estonia.