Followup to my open letter to the minister of culture
Yesterday, I wrote an open letter to the incoming Estonian culture minister, and against my better judgement I shared it on Facebook. What resulted was not surprising - a plethora of ‘likes’ from friends, and it was shared by about ten other people to wider audiences.
What disappointed me was that I wrote the piece not to actually communicate with the culture minister (I’m...
An open letter to the new Culture Minister in Estonia
Dear Urve Tiidus,
Congratulations on your appointment as the new Culture Minister of Estonia. I don't know anything about you, and I don't even know what specifically you can do as Culture Minister, but I welcome any potential change in culture policy in Estonia and wish you the best.
My hope in writing this letter is to encourage some discussion about the various forms of culture in...
Miscellaneous expertise @ MoKS AVAMAA 2010
Next month I will be coordinating a workshop entitled Miscellaneous expertise: performance, unlearning stories and public speech at the MoKS Kunsti ja Sotsiaalpraktika Keskus AVAMAA sympsium in Mooste, Estonia. This is a collaboration with my good friend Giles Bailey, and the workshop will take place over five days with the dissemination on the sixth.
We proposed Miscellaneous...
Musings on Mutopia: a week of collaboration in rural Estonia
I spent the last 10 days in Estonia, mostly at the MoKS AVAMAA 2009 ArtSymposium. While the symposium offered traditional workshops (on printmaking and sound electronics), I participated in Mutopia 3, an exploration of collaborative creative practices that is quite difficult to describe.
Led by MoKS coordinator John Grzinich, the name is intended to combine the idea of Utopia with the...