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Estonian Painters' Association's exhibition "When Computers Stop"

Since April 5, 2018, the Estonian Painters' Association's exhibition "When Computers Stop" is opened at the Jõhvi Art School Gallery.

Participating artists are all members of the Estonian Painters' Association. The paintings presented at the exhibition include the artists' works from the recent years, which have either a direct or a slight connection with the topic of the curator-artist Rait Rosin. There is also a selection of paintings that have been completed taking into account the given topic.

In a situation where the importance of computers in people's lives has become inevitable, it is hard to underestimate the technology anyhow. However, it seems to be possible that a global computer network is shaken by a serious attack or attacks. Whether forced or voluntarily, we should then distance ourselves from the virtual world that we were used to. To achieve effortlessness in one's activities and to live freely without the technological devices will take time for several generations. The imagery of this possibility seems to be another nostalgic romantic dream. In one way or another, it is a vision in which a single human life does not mean much, and any kind of artistic activity is already adaptation, imitation or mere mentioning of the situation.

It is possible to paint using several technologies but also without using any tools. The exhibition "When Computers Stop" is experimenting with that idea, according to each participant's point of view and approach. Where is the line between technological innovation and technological helplessness? The common concept might be the contrast between painting and technology, but even if the world-shaking events take place, the already existing inventions will not disappear. Based on the existing knowledge, using all the ways of thinking and the necessary equipment, everything can be rebuilt. Depicting the vanishing devices or the prospects and scenarios of the future is an accomplishable task for artists through the painting techniques. One part of the painting is 100% subjected to human will and does not go out of control in the way that the technological intellect already threatens to go.

Participating artists: artists - Stanislav Antipov, Ove Büttner, Nelly Drell, Herlet Elvisto, Pille Ernesaks, Ashot Jegikjan, Eva Jänes, Erki Kasemets, Olesja Katšanovskaja, Maire Koll, Anne Moggom, Karl-Kristjan Nagel, Maarja Nõmmik, Anne Parmasto, Lii Pähkel, Aira Rautso, Rait Rosin, Elis Saareväli, Valev Sein, Maret Suurmets Kuura, Lev Vassiliev, Epp Viires, Kuzja Zverev.

The exhibition "When Computers Stop" is open at the Jõhvi Art School Gallery on Mon-Fri at 12 - 7 p.m.

The exhibition is supported by the Cultural Endowment of Estonia.

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