Estonian Academy of Arts / Kunsthochschule Berlin Weissensee
Program / Degree
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Conceptual, Digital, Installation, Photography, Video
Ivar Veermäe was born in Tallinn, Estonia, in 1982 and currently lives and works in both Tallinn and Berlin, Germany. He received a BA in photography from the Estonian Academy of Arts in 2009 and continues his MA studies at Space Strategies department in Weissensee Kunsthochschule Berlin.
He has had several solo exhibitions in Estonia and his work has been exhibited in group exhibitions at the Art Museum of Estonia, Art Hall of Tallinn, the Estonian Contemporary Art Museum, the Zentrum für Kunst und Urbanistic in Berlin, the Sociale Verzekeringsbank in Holland, the Kulturhuset Bronden in Denmark.
He has participated with perfomances in Hebbel am Ufer, Berlin and in Month of Performance Art Berlin in ACUD Theater. His videos are being screened in various screenings at the AND Festival in Manchester, Crosstalk festival in Budapest, and in Virtual Memorial, Cambodia.
About my artwork
The main focus in my work is dealing with the issues of public space, mediation processes and group behaviour. I think that public space reflects directly or indirectly on processes in society and it is constantly changing. In the time of „ubiquitous computing“ also the meaning of public space is changing. When boundaries between private and public blur, the space could be redefined as an accessible space.
In my work process I use photography, video and sound as well interfering and performative tactics. Also I am trying to find and use connections between city space and virtual space. The goal of my work is to analyze the actions and processes in these spaces.
In my works that deal with group behaviour I try to understand the different view-points but also point out the possible threats that could limit the access to possibilities.
I use different forms to exhibit my works - installations, interventions, video screenings, interactive works and performances. For me it is important that the works could function as a process, not as something that is finished. My goal is to offer a wide range of possible interpretation to the visitors.