PEOPLE AND SPACE
A FAIRY-TALE ABOUT HOW THE GYPSIES WENT OUT TO THE WORLD
FAIRY-TALE OF A GYPSY WEDDING
THE MYSTERY OF TEACHING
ON SPACE AND SPATIALITY
UNDER YOUR CONCRETE DOMES,
MY BELOVED TOWN
Art's task is to contribute to evolution, to encourage the mind, to guarantee a detached view of social changes, to conjure up positive energies, to create sensousness, to reconcile reason and instinct, to research possibilities and to destroy clichés and prejudices.
Dear reader, before You is the 14th edition of Epifanio, which focuses on the space around us. People from different walks of life have contributed to this discussion.
Anthropologist Polina Tcherkassova investigates the relationship with space among the indigenous peoples, especially Gypsies. She has also heard and written down the fairy-tales of Gypsies, where the protagonist never returns home to live happily ever after, but speeds on to the new and excitingly unknown hunting grounds. Art expert Maija Rudovska describes the spatial objects of various sensitivity from four Norwegian artists and one German architect. Harry Pye gives advice on, how a "poor man" can create his own Tate Modern at these complicated times. Jan Kaus sources his inspiration from Arne Maasik's powerful hydroplane hangar photos behind Tallinn's back. It is a pleasure to hear that this summer the renovation works of this almost one hundred year-old world miracle will be undertaken by the order of Estonian Maritime Museum in the context of "Tallinn the Cultural Capital of Europe 2011".
Vilen Künnapu writes about his creative 15-years of teaching experience in Tallinn Technical University and brings forth the most appealing works of his students. Marco Casagrande draws a picture of his initiative in Taipei, where he has set up an alternative architectural school named Ruin Academy. This system runs on the recycling principle and flexibly combines such fields as architecture, river engineering, figurative art, gardening, sociology and circus.
Jewellery artist Kadri Mälk summons the memories of space from early childhood to modern day, which have activated her different senses, particularly the sense of smell. Estonian-Russian author Andrei Ivanov describes a melancholy Danish girl, who came to his mind while meeting another sad young woman on the Sivtsev Vražek cross-street in Moscow, where the air smelled like medicine. There is also a presentation of the latest work from an Indian painter Subodh Kerkar, called Earth Bowl, which is placed in Anjuna beach in Goa, and represents world unity. Next to the editorial, you find the list of Seven Timeless Albums, and I warmly recommend Linda Perhacs' "Parallelograms" (1970). In the inscription of this reissue, she remembers that the psychedelic title song came to her while speeding on the Ventura highway in California in the middle of the night. At one point, she clearly saw a 3D sound-sculpture of a complicated composition, and sketched the harmony of sound, light, form and colour down on paper.
What is Your latest sensual space experience, dear reader?
August Künnapu / editor
Photo: Christian Edlinger