Public Preparation Social Club

Public Preparation Social Club is a series of discussions, presentations, artist talks and screenings accompanying, commenting and contextualising the Biennale of Young Artists. At the same time Public Preparation Social Club serves as the archive of Public Preparation activities and as an informal working and social environment that will help to prepare for the upcoming Public Preparation projects. Public Preparation Social Club is a dynamic space that is open for spontaneous ideas and actions.
Organised by Rael Artel & Airi Triisberg in collaboration with Anneli Porri, our guests and enthusiastic public.

Tuesday, Nov 6, 5.30 p.m.
Art Management talk: ANDREA PONSINI (FR) (in English)

Thursday, Nov 1, 5 p.m.
Biennale of Young Artists – for whom and for what?

In reaction to a storm of questions concerning the institutional aspect of Biennale of Young Artists, Public Preparation Social Club is pleased to host Johannes Saar, the director of Center for Contemporary Arts and the commissioner/producer of Biennale of Young Artists, to introduce the ideology and visionary agenda of the biennale. Who and for what needs the Biennale of Young Artists? Why a biennale specifically for young artists? How does the Biennale of Young Artists position itself in relation to the local, regional, international art scene? What happens next?

Wednesday, Oct 24, 5:30 p.m.

The MA students of art history in Estonian Academy of Arts will present their imaginary exhibitions in the format of a presentation. The session is part of the course Basics of Curatorship conducted by Maria-Kristiina Soomre.

Tuesday, Oct 23, 5:30 p.m.
Moderator: Anneli Porri

Kristina Norman is an artist who would draw detailed stories about the invention of the radio or film a subway accident in Moscow, use it as a metaphor in a movie exploring the questions of Russian and Estonian national identity and give a sharp poster-like comment on the media war between the two states that took place in spring 2007. Her work is accompanied by a bunch of questions that remain relevant from discussion to discussion – identity, author position, autobiography, philosophy of politics and science, irony. These are also important key words for the artist talk on Tuesday.

Kristina Norman is an artist based in Tallinn. Her recent projects include Consequences and Proposals, Biennale of Young Artists, curated by Rael Artel & Anneli Porri, Tallinn (2007); Ich war hier, curated by Hanno Soans, Berlin (2007); Backward Blues, curated by Johannes Saar, Moscow (2007); exhibition series Arrivals – New Art from EU, Oxford (2006).

Friday, Oct 19, 5:30 p.m.

Open call to all artists who want to show their work.
Please register via publicpreparation [at]!!!!!

Tuesday, Oct 16, 5:30 p.m.
Artist talk: ELÉONORE DE MONTESQUIOU (in English)

Eléonore de Montesquiou is going to talk about the project Atom Cities (2006) she conducted in Paldiski and Sillamäe, and her ongoing projects that are mostly dealing with the question of borders, identities and changes, i.e. The Travellers exploring the commuting practices of women on Polish-German border; Fisherman portraying life in Ivangorod on Estonian-Russian border. Eléonore will also talk about the collaborative aspect of her work.

Eléonore de Montesquiou is an artist based in Berlin and Tallinn. Her recent projects include Atom Cities, Tallinna Linnagalerii, curated by Reet Varblane (2006), and she has recently exhibited in following shows New Wave, Kunstihoone, Tallinn, curated by Anders Härm & Hanno Soans (2007); Monuments Of Discontent, 2nd Moscow Biennale, curated by Lolita Jablonskiene (2007); MIT ALLEM RECHNEN, Museum am Ostwall and PHOENIX Halle Dortmund, curated by Inke Arns and Kurt Wettengl (2006).

Sunday, Oct 14, 5:30 p.m.
Presentation: KAROLIN TAMPERE & RAKETT (in English)

Karolin Tampere will introduce the artist and curator duo Rakett, and give an introduction to their most recent project Curating Degree Zero Archive in Bergen (2007) which was an exploration of critical and experimental approaches to curating and presenting contemporary art. The CDZ – Archive (initiated by Dorothee Richter and Barnaby Drabble, in Bremen 1998) contains material (catalogues, articles, videos, CD's, images and web sites) in relation to the practice of over 90 international curators, artist curators, curatorial collaborations and more. Rakett took a starting point in the CDZ Archive as an extended collaborative plattform where a series of talks, presentations, discussions, performances and concerts where executed within three weeks in the city of Bergen in Norway.

Karolin Tampere (Bergen) is an artist and freelance curator. She has graduated in Fine Arts from Bergen National Academy of Arts and the Curatorial Training Programme, De Appel, Amsterdam. In 2003, she initiated together with Åse Løvgren the mobile artist-collaboration platform Rakett (

Rakett started in 2003 as a collaboration between the artists Åse Løvgren and Karolin Tampere. Having the training in visual arts as a common ground, Rakett has been using a variety of strategies, juggling between taking on the different roles as curators, producers, commissioners, artists, publishers and organizers. Rakett has made exhibition projects in art institutions, galleries, artist run spaces as well as in the public space in cities and in small villages.
The Rakett projects often function as lively, temporary platforms for collaborative, often interdisciplinary production; we see the role of the initiator/curator to not only to create a framework and a stage but also to bring together different cultural producers to create a moment of potentiality. Implicitly and explicitly, the projects touch on a range of questions around (co)authorship, (im)material or ephemeral production, the role of artist and curator, and the potential of mobile and changeable platforms in the institutional infrastructure for art. (excerpt from text by Anke Bangma)

Thursday, Oct 11, 5 p.m.
Artist talk: MARGE MONKO

Marge Monko is going to present her project Studies of Bourgeoisie (2004-2006) and is going to give a short overview about the cultural-historical background of hystery – a topic from which the series Trauma. Mission Impossible that is exhibited at the Biennale of Young Artists has very much departed.

Marge Monko (Tallinn) has graduated in photography from Estonian Academy of Arts. Her recent projects include solo shows Studies of Bourgeoisie, Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki (2007), Hobusepea galerii (2006); Tell Me, Tallinna Linnagalerii (2007) and group shows Consequences and Proposals, Biennale of Young Artists, curated by Rael Artel & Anneli Porri, Tallinn (2007); POSTPOST, Draakoni galerii, curated by Marco Laimre (2006); Sincerely yours, TAZ Tallinn – temporary exhibition space of Rael Artel Gallery Non-Profit Project Space in Tallinn, curated by Rael Artel (2006); Homo Grandis Natu, Tallinna Kunstihoone, curated by Reet Varblane (2005).

Wednesday, Oct 10, 5 p.m.
Collective brain storming: Contemporary iconoclasm – reasons and symptoms

The Jyllands-Posten Muhammad cartoons controversy, Passion by Dorota Nieznalska, Cube Venice 2005/Cube Hamburg 2007 by Gregor Schneider, Bronze Soldier in Tallinn, etc – what are the manifestation forms of contemporary iconoclasm, its reasons and goals? Public Preparation is organising a collective brain storming in order to explore and analyse recent cases of iconoclasm in contemporary art and society. Active participation, examples and ideas are welcome!

Thursday, Oct 4, 5:30 p.m.
Discussion: Future Agenda of Public Preparation

Public Preparation project started in the beginning of 2007 in order to prepare the upcoming Biennale of Young Artists in Tallinn. The project consisted of a sequence of informal get-togethers which at the same time constituted the publicly visible preparation process of the Biennale as well as the course of preparing and educating the public for the Biennale.
After the closing date of the exhibition of Biennale of Young Artists, Public Preparation will continue as an independent project, focusing on the production and distribution of knowledge in contemporary art and society.

The discussion will concentrate on some questions that were often posed during the first phase of Public Preparation project:
– For whom and for what is this project?
– Can local and international be the same?
– What does it mean when a project is open and/or public?