Skip to main content

During International Residence, Emerging Artists Collaborate with Space Scientists to Create Art

This winter, international art initiative MagiC Carpets will establish art residencies in Estonia, bringing together the creative and scientific realms.

A woman is walking in the forest.
29. Nov Kaidi-Lisa Kivisalu

Marit Mihklepp, Juss Heinsalu, and Piibe Kolka from Estonia, as well as Eglė Šimėnaitė from Lithuania, will collect inspiration in the recognised art centre Maajaam in Southern Estonia in November and December. The residency will conclude with a public event on 15 December at the University of Tartu observatory in Tõravere, where the residency’s creations will be shown.

Last year, MagiC Carpets brought three artists with an international reach – Anica Huck (Germany), Gary Markle (Canada), Laura Põld (Estonia) – to Southern Estonia to get to know the smoke sauna tradition. In 2023, the residency programme organised by the European Capital of Culture Tartu 2024 will look to the stars.

“Working with scientists studying space gives artists a rare opportunity to gain access to what in ordinary life remains either too distant, invisible, or abstract,” said Ann Mirjam Vaikla, the residency’s curator. She went on to say that during the residency, they’ll see how scientific knowledge and work practises in the study of celestial bodies effect the artists’ imagination and creative process.

An eclectic group of artists embarks on the journey of MagiC Carpets: interdisciplinary artist Marit Mihklepp, associate professor of EKA and ceramicist Juss Heinsalu, filmmaker Piibe Kolka and performance artist Eglė Šimėnaitė.

The Tartu Observatory in Tõravere researchers, with whom the artists interact closely, also play an important role in the residency. Everyone with an interest is invited to a public gathering at the observatory on 15 December to learn about the residency’s discoveries.

MagiC Carpets is an international art project led by the Kaunas Biennale and supported by Creative Europe. More than 20 different organisations from all over Europe participate in it, including Tartu 2024 from Estonia.

The three-year project’s art residencies will culminate in 2024 with a thematic symposium and a concluding final exhibition in Tartu in October and November as part of the main programme of the European Capital of Culture Tartu 2024.