21.10.–31.10.2021, Tue–Sun 13.00–18.00, Vent Space (Vabaduse väljak 6-8, 10146 Tallinn, Estonia)
Opening on Thursday, 21.10.21 at 18.00
DOKKING Station functions as a hub for the exchange of ideas and inputs from a variety of sources; it is a conduit for transference. Taking inspiration from how a docking station [dokkimisjaam] acts as an all in one technological solution; this exhibition explores how an intermediary consisting of a series of antiquated ports that allow for multiple forms of communication and information relay, can be understood as a rhizome. As the docking station is permanently in an in-between state, it becomes rhizomatic in nature, with its cables acting like roots.
DOKKING Station exhibition at VENT Space aims to demonstrate the potential of a creative and physical manifestation of a docking station, bringing together a variety of ideas and inputs which reflect the metaphorical use of docking station as a mode of critique for the contemporary art gallery, with a focus on the sensitive relationships between our surroundings, natural environment and new materialism.
DOKKING Station is an open space for collaboration and co-learning, it invites people to both plug-in and unplug, whether to receive information and learning or contribute to the creative transference themselves. It acts as a keystone, as without it, inputs on either side fail to communicate entirely. At DOKKING station, you are invited to choose your port and plug into either side — as artist and/or audience through joining free workshops and talks. Welcome.
Participating artists: Will Britten (UK), Katarina Kruus (EST), Liina Leo (EST), Eugenio Marini (IT), Kristian Stapleton (UK), Ingrid Helena Pajo (EST)
Supported by Cultural Endowment of Estonia
(limited capacity, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to participate)
23.10, 13.00–15.00 – Large format dichotomy: Photography Workshop by Will Britten
In this workshop we will explore our local vicinity and work in pairs, photographing a unique subject each on black and white film. You will be using a 1950’s Graflex Crown Graphic 5x4 Large Format camera and a Rolleiflex 3.5f TLR camera. We will then soon head back to VENT Space and develop our films, whilst discussing the images we have taken. Then, we will use the experimental cyanotype printing technique where we will create layered images of duality, with a blue hue. This workshop is fully funded, with all materials and equipment provided. The images and negatives you create are yours to keep. The workshop may take a few hours, you are free to come and go as you please to get food/refreshments.
22.10/24.10, 13.00–18.00 – Performative workshop: Beginnings of weaving by Ingrid Helena Pajo
„Plain perceptions: returning to the material through weaving” is a workspace of the beginnings of weaving. How the yarn is born, where the fabric begins? What is the minimum needed for weaving? I want to know it, to sense it through. I want to be there, in the birth of textile, where the material starts it’s transformations – to create with what I’ll find from my immediate surroundings, what I find from here, right now.
26.10, 16.00–18.00 – Bioplastics workshop by Katarina Kruus
The workshop introduces the world of bioplastics and offers an insight into the world of biomaterials with a focus on playfulness and creative experimentation. We will explore biocomposite dynamics combining them with found & leftover materials (if you are inspired by something leftover, you can bring them along!). The hands-on material development workshop will allow attendees to make their own halloween object (or whatever your soul desires) to understand the process and art behind material making. You will leave the session with the confidence and resources to continue exploring bioplastics.