Freiraum or sphere or freedom / free zone, is an initiative of Goethe Institute and in cooperation 53 partners from culture, science and civil society who in more than 40 cities over Europe are grappling with the concept of freedom in our contemporary world, exchanging points of view and forging new networks. Paired European cities are developing projects related to freedom, to be presented to the public in a series of events in 2018 and 2019.
Goethe Instituut Tallinn decided to collaborate with the contemporary performing art centre Kanuti Gildi SAAL in Estonia. Our dialogue partner within the project is the only German organisation Kunsthaus Dresden. They formulated question - against the backdrop of the increasing use of the city and public space as a setting for right-wing populist initiatives since late 2014, what can art, as a language of freedom, do in times of widespread resentment? In collaboration with Goethe Institute Tallinn Kanuti Gildi SAAL posed a question: are we wrong to be happy? Focusing on the nexus between freedom and responsibility as well as on positive aspects of free private and public life. Having experienced foreign occupation for centuries, Estonians cherish their personal freedom, which now finds expression in a highly developed digital infrastructure and a positively charged culture of tolerance for mistakes.
14-15.09.2018 Freiraum Tallinn 1 - series on freedom: Isaac Chong Wai, Sarah Vanhee, Sven Johne, Eva Neklyaeva
Role: Artist assistant for Isaac Chong Wai