Vacuum as a Mindset


Location and time

TAVA2018 main program “Vacuum as a Mindset”:
Gallery Noorus, Riia 11, Tartu / 25.10- 11.11.2018 
Tartu Art House, Vanemuise 26, Tartu / 25.10-18.11.2018

Opening 24.10 kell 18.00


Opening 24.10
Tartu Art House: kl 17-19
Gallery Noorus: kl 18-20
Gallery Kogo: kl 19-21

As a bonus, we are waiting everyone to a live concert “… something drone and strange !!!” by the main artist of the exhibition “Vacuum as a Mindset” Carl Michael von Hausswolff. The concert will be held at 21.00 in the Hall of Love of the Aparaaditehas.

Opening hours

Normal opening hours:
Gallery Noorus: Tue-Sun 11-18
Tartu Kunstimaja: Wed-Mon 12-18
Kogo galerii:  Wed-Fry 12-19, Sat 12-18

Specially open during 25.-28.10:
Galerii Noorus: Thu-Sun 12-22
Tartu Kunstimaja: Thu-Sun 12-22
Kogo galerii: Thu-Sun 12-22


Carl Michael von Hausswolff (Sweden), Liisa HirschTammo SumeraKristel SaanJohannes LuikAivar Tõnso (Estonia) and Artist Unknown (unknown). In addition,  all visitors will have a chance to enjoy the Dreamachine, a device that evokes hallucinations. It was invented in 1959 by Brion Gysin and William Burroughs and popularized by Psychic TV. It will be exhibited in Estonia for the first time as a part of TAVA2018.


The relationship between light as a metaphor and light as an illuminating impulse creates psychogeographical and psychedelic worlds, accompanied by observations about twilight zones that exist between consciousness that registrates shifts and events in the surrounding environment.

Artists and installations

Nooruse Gallery

Carl Michael von Hausswolff

Carl Michael von Hausswolff will create an installation that imitates a group exhibition. He will be using his own works as well as works from his collection and different organic objects that can be considered art or not. All works exhibited in the gallery will be based on different forms of light. Conceptual light, anti-light, normal light, sound in the form of light and systems like alchemical, human/social, chemical perspective, past/present/future, philosphical and light/dark. Hausswolff has practiced this method of blurring borders between broadened artistic entity and author’s identity also before, for example in exhibitions entitled „Adaptations“ and „I Am the Others“.


Monumental Gallery of  Tartu Art House


Liisa Hirsch in collaboration with Ekke Västrik will create a new work of art: a 3-week-long process about the changing of light and sound where sounds are directly related to the changing of light and rays caught from the atmosphere. Light will be interpreted from indoor and outdoor light and the intensity of rays caught from the atmosphere via different algorithms.


The Big Gallery of Tartu Art House

Kristel Saan, “Rabbit Owners’ Meeting”

The latest works of Kristel Saan have been dealing with the problem of privacy and the subject  of looking for/finding one’s body, place and territory. For the “Vacuum…” exhibition she will create an interactive installation that can be experienced by physically pressing oneself into it, much the same way as we must make an effort to get to someone’s – and onself’s – core. Saan uses natural animal skins, human and animal hair, pillows and other soft textiles, and combines them with glowing and shiny, neons, light boxes and colours.


Dreamachine is the so-called world’s first artwork to be observed with eyes shut. It is a stroboskopic device whose light signals influence brain waves and visions and may take the viewer into a hypnagogic state. The chrestomathic psychedelic object was invented by Brion Gysin and Ian Sommerville, members of the Beat Generation, in 1959.

Johannes Luik, „Twilight Zone”

When we think about the coming of light, increase of light, then we associate it with sunrise, waking up, getting out, starting something. At the same time it is also often connected to death. Light at the end of the tunnel. A small piece of death in life. The same for getting dark. Vanishing of light. Going to sleep, shutting one’s eyes, coming indoors, but also death, loss of consciousness. Not knowing what happens after dark. At the same time it beholds hope. Light will be there after darkness. Rebirth. A small piece of life in death. Extremes that exist in each other. Between all this polarity there is a grey area. A twilight zone. Interestingly, it is exactly this moment when the small beakers in our brain are unable to grasp colours and all work is done by rods that see the world in black and white.


Aivar Tõnso, “Mirage 2.0”

Aivar Tõnso’s “Mirage 2.0” is an installation of spatial sound.  Mirage as an optical phenomenon created as a result of the refraction of the journey of light rays, due to which all far objects seem closer or located in a different place, is a powerful metaphor to refer to twilight zones of the human brain. “Mirage 2.0” converts visual illusions connected with light into soundscapes, talking, at the same time, about the unity and interconnection of different senses, as well as the difference because ears are open to hearing – as opposed to eyes and seeing – all the time and from every angle and, therefore, it raises even more broadly the question of the importance of our own states of mind in the process of perceiving or not perceiving our environment.

Artist Unknown, „nothing sucks“

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