MOKS residency

MOKS residency brainstorm

Between the 15th of July and the 31st of August we spent a six week MOKS residency in the small Estonian village of Mooste. Our work employed a variety of participative and interactive techniques to explore Estonian identity, and the relationships between people, place and history.

Lines of enquiry

1. The process of selecting histories: What historical narratives are remembered, treasured, selected, re-enacted, brought back, made use of, funded, valued, renovated, visited, protected or politicised, and which are ignored, neglected, forgotten, blocked out, physically destroyed or frowned upon?

2. How do people in Mooste (both temporary and permanent residents) identify with and relate to different local sites? How does this reflect or impact on an Estonian identity, and our Anglo-Germanic perceptions of this identity (or at least our attempts to understand and respond to this identity)?

3. Related themes: Forms of tourism in Mooste, restoration and renovation, the memory of space, the beauty and value of dereliction.

Events and interventions:


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Susanne Kudielka and Kaspar Wimberley work internationally as interventionists and performance researchers specialising in site-specific and site-responsive art, alternative strategies for audience interaction and new forms of artistic collaboration.

The artistic process usually begins with a given site, and a process of observation and dialogue that analyses, and eventually responds, to the architectural, socio-political, geographical, mythological, connotative and historical narratives that can be found there.

Projects are quietly subversive, playfully readjusting the narrative and appreciation of a particular activity or a given site. The working process often involves those that live in an area, and aims to be accessible and relevant.

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