Laura Kuusk & Camille Laurelli. Digital Composting

Laura Kuusk & Camille Laurelli

Laura Kuusk & Camille Laurelli. Digital Composting 

We are very happy to share the documentation of the open residency showcase with artists Laura Kuusk and Camille Laurelli, the winners of the second Beyond Matter Residency Programme at Tallinn Art Hall. The showcase of the residency took place on Wednesday, June 30th in the studio of the Estonian Artists’ Association. The event included an open studio visit, an artist talk moderated by curator Corina L. Apostol, a screening of Donna Haraway’s “Story Telling for Earthly Survival” (2016) and Silent Sessions Soundscapes: Digital Compost.

The artists developed the concept of “digital composting” to describe digital waste and recycling digital matter, and finding different ways to think of narration when imagining the future. Composting refers to taking matter back to its initial materials, so it could be re-introduced in the cycle of matter and energy. The artists treated digital matter in a similar way, to re-conduct it back to usage or recycle it to give birth to new digital matter. During their residency, the artists visited areas in Estonia that are connected to excavation, exhaustion and/or abandonment). This research will be developed in a future collaborative work entitled “Laboratory of the Future,” where digital and analogical materials will be meeting and recycled into an installative immersive work. How to tell the story of the future so it would compost the present?

The residency programme is part of the large-scale cooperation project BEYOND MATTER – Cultural Heritage on the Verge of Virtual Reality, co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.

Laura Kuusk 

Camille Laurelli