26.10 ArtistTALK about LIGHTart – speakers

Immanuel Pax

is a Finnish light artist and theatre designer. In light art he uses projected light both as an object meant to be viewed and as a subject meant to be interacted with. Sometimes the interaction happens when the audience participate within the artwork and sometimes through social and political acts inspired by the work. The artworks are often site-specific and take a stand on current phenomena.

Would the audience notice if you ditched the Art from Light Art Festivals? Let’s see! During the presentation we will create a quick and dirty sketch of a new light art masterpiece and you will get to play the artist

Taavi Suisalu

is working in the contexts of technology, sound and performance, mixing traditional and contemporary sensibilities and activating peripheral spaces for imaginative encounters. His practice is informed by phenomena of contemporary society and its relations to and use of technologies. He applies subjective research methods to study socio-cultural phenomena, being interested in the behaviour, perception and thinking of social beings.



The artist talk will focus on the anticipation of light illustrated by examples from his own practice as a media artist. Light can be an illuminating tool, but also function as a gaze or a phenomen carving passages through elemental media such as mountains, oceans and minds. The talk will expand on the work exhibited at TAVA 2018 and on one of the artist’s previous works about darkness.

Mónica Ruiz Loyola
Her attention is first and foremost focused on the reflection between the analogue and the digital. She continues to merge these two issues, and tries to embody them in different projects that wander around the intimate, or that have a more social meaning, or through interactive installations or performance displays. In her pieces she touches on topics such as memory, presence, absence and how we as human beings get involved in an ephemeral world thanks to technology. Her work has been exhibited in the United States, Spain, Ukraine, Ecuador, as well as at the International Festival of Lights (FILUX) in Mexico, Licht Festival in Belgium and Lux Helsinki in Finland. www.monikaloyola.com

This piece uses light as a means to convey awareness. It wants to highlight a deep-rooted phenomenon that does not happen only in México but is a worldwide problem: femicide. Even though there is no comprehensive statistics on the scale of such violence, and even though it might dramatically differ per country, we cannot underestimate the magnitude of this issue. The motives and factors behind this type of crimes are quite difficult to apprehend. We are living during challenging times when atrocious acts are a reflection of our existential crisis.

Therefore, in this work light also represents the link between life and death, it denotes hope. In “Absence” the sewing machine is not only an object that symbolizes labor repression but also an expression of and homage to all missing women.

Timo Toots

is an artist concentrated on researching of, experimenting with and reflecting on the relationships between people, technology and nature. He does not limit the medium of expression, but usually the outcome takes the form of machines.
He has participated in numerous exhibitions in Estonia, Europe and USA since 2006. He won Golden Nica in Interactive Art at Prix Ars Electronica in 2012.
In 2013 he founded a project space MAAJAAM in an old farm in the Estonian countryside to collaboratively research the relationships between technology and us.


Timo Toots will talk about his latest works and their creating process. In his works he uses a lot of different technical lighting possibilities and also introduces them in the form of prototypes.

Mischa Kuball

is a conceptual artist who has been working in the public and institutional sphere since 1977. He uses light as a medium to explore architectural spaces as well as social and political discourses and reflects on a whole variety of aspects from sociocultural structures to architectural interventions as well as emphasizing or reinterpreting their monumental nature and context in architectural history. Since 2007 Mischa Kuball has been a professor of public art at the Academy of Media Arts, Cologne, and associate professor of media art at Hochschule für Gestaltung/ZKM, Karlsruhe.

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Mischa Kuball’s “public preposition” is a group of works, interventions, projects, and performances made over a period of several decades. What they have in common is that they appeal to a public sphere and implicitly question in what locations and under what circumstances the meaning of “public” is constituted and how it should be understood. Many of these interventions and projects were temporary in nature and only exist in the form of photo documentation. Others were deliberately conceived as more ephemeral, with limited visibility even in terms of their local appearance. In this sense, “public preposition” points to a fundamental contradiction of the public sphere: on the one hand, it sees itself as unlimited, but on the other the audience of an intervention or event and its viewers and participants is objectively limited. For this reason, to introduce “public preposition” in a public lecture of its own, to discuss it, it must itself be seen as a gesture toward creating a public and including individual projects in a larger context.

Jacob Tækker

has studied at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts and has exhibited in museums and galleries both in Denmark and abroad. He makes video art that deals with emotional states, the routine nature of existence, and human beings’ perceptions and incentives for dealing with it. Tækker pays special attention to the simple, humorous picture in motion, creating works, which contain elements of both comedy and tragedy, so that one is never sure whether to cry or laugh.
In his works, Tækker is at once the leading man, director, cameraman and screenwriter.


Jacob Taekker´s primary work area is video with a performance-based approach. How can that be implemented in large-scale outdoor installations?

Jacob will be talking about some of his latest works within the field of performative practice in public space and how it links with digital culture. In addition, Jacob will also touch upon his thoughts and references during the creative process.

Carl Michael von Hausswolff

is the most well-known contemporary artist, curator and sound artist from Sweden whose work method is often characterized by blurring borders between broadened artistic entity and author’s identity.

Carl Michael von Hausswolff will extract a variety of his and other artists’ works and build a base for trying to solve a specific search for light: what is the driving force of one’s activities? The presentation will include works from Colombia, the Philippines, Chiangmai as well as by himself, Brion Gysin, “Lucky” Luciano, Olga Eriksson, Corazon Amurao, and others.

Liisa Hirsch

has studied in the Royal Conservatory of The Hague and the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre. Her works consist of sensitive sounds in clean form, her compositions are, above all, investigations into micro tonal reflections. She has composed music for films, theater and dance performances as well as orchestra pieces that have been performed all over the world. She has been awarded the European Composer Award (2016).


How to translate “glide”? It is a world discovered in the vibration of piano strings. A short introduction into an unpredictable phenomenon of sound as well as some composer-made solutions of how to build something on randomness.

Kristel Saan

is a sculptor and installation artist based in Vancouver, Canada. Her field of study questions body experience and human participation in a visually over saturated world, images created from personal archives that exist in all of us and substitutions that have emerged on the way; it talks about the suspension of superstition and the distance from a romanticized utopian space. Saan actively participates at exhibitions all over the world and during her career she has practiced photo, video, sculpture as well as performance art, and skilfully created a career as an artist in the utmost heterotopia – Hollywood.

Kristel Saan’s and Sten Saarits’ performance “Rabbit Owners Meeting” uses sound as the medium for creating light and, as a result, light in its turn will create sound. The audience’s sensory participation via direct sensations plays an important role – it is a game. The performance lasts for 20 minutes and is largely experimental – it will be born from the synergy of time and space, between the audience’s interaction and the artists.

The performance will emphasize the subject of light through practical and, at the same time, experimental medium. In addition, it will be a welcomed refreshment between the artist talks of the conference.

Johannes Luik

is an estonian installation artist who works with different mediums. He has studied applied architecture at TTK University of Applied Sciences. In his artistic practice he describes impressions and spaces subjectively. His artworks take form in different mediums and merge organically with the space. Luik tries to bring together the space and the meaning behind different topics.

Recently he has been studying the subjective perception of time and memories. He was rewarded the Young Sculptor’s Award in 2017 and 2018.

Johannes Luik will introduce his practice and work and their link to his current artwork. He will talk about different ways of how we interpret the fading of light as well as about various interpretive possibilities of fading out in different contexts.

Fade is something that we associate with moving from one image to another. From one idea to another. From one defined thing to another. Hence, the thing that the artist likes about fading is that it gives us another meaning. Something in-between. Something that is neither one nor the other. Something that has no defined parameters. Well, it might, but you know what I mean. Something new.

Aivar Tõnso

aka Hypnosaurus is a legend and activist of Estonian contemporary electronic underground music, organizer of Mysteeriums and the main pilot of Ulmeplaadid. At the moment he is involved with broadening sound into multimedia in the Master’s programme of New Media at the Estonian Academy of Arts.

Aivar  Tõnso will introduce his ideas about how sound and space are connected on physical as well as mental level in a video presentation. He will talk about how we notice sounds and how they help us perceive our surroundings but also how we attribute meaning to the world of sound through ideas that come to us by observing different phenomena.

Unknown Artist

is unknown and, strictly speaking, he is not an artist.

“Nothing is bigger than cyberspace, the Internet, and the NFL site on the World Wide Web” (Microsoft)

“God is greater than shit” (Lüganuse) 

“Nothing is real, strawberry fields forever”  (The Beatles)

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