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Educational programme

Interpreting the exposition

How to interpret art? How to translate contemporary art into human language so that nothing important is lost in translation? Is the meaning of an artwork created by the creator or the spectator? Or is it a matter of collaboration?

See, think and feel – which artworks speak to you, and why and how exactly? Try to put their message into words. There are no wrong or right interpretations, no objective reality. There are many different subjective realities that combine to provide an insight into the semantic field of an artwork. And it’s not unusual for a spectator’s interpretation to differ from that of the author, introducing unexpected associations and layers… providing encouragement and inspiration to the young artist to create new works.

Find the interpretation sheets, with a green grid, from the exposition or take them from the information desk and put down your valuable thoughts. In the exposition, there are places by each artwork where you can fix your interpretation and read those of others.

See and comment on Eksperimenta! activities through drawings!

The stairwell between the ground and 1st floor of Song Festival Grounds contains a documentation wall that displays drawing-commentaries* on both the E! triennial and the art education programme IDEAlaboratory. The drawing-commentaries were launched with an overview of the activities of the first week by the Drawing Media team and the teachers and students participating in the IDEAlaboratory programme. The documentation wall, however, will never be complete, as all visitors throughout the entire exhibition period are welcome to add their own drawings to it.

You are invited to comment on the existing drawing-commentaries as well as the triennial expositions and the thoughts and feelings inspired by what you experienced here. See, think, draw, and stick it here! This wall is designed for you, for me, and everybody else.

Drawing paper and pencils are available from the information desk on the ground floor.

* drawing-commentary – a personal commentary on what was heard or seen, put on paper in the form of a simple drawing. Drawers-commentators can also supplement each other’s drawings with their own on the same sheet, provided that they have given each other the permission to do so.

Art debate FOR and AGAINST

Eksperimenta! exhibition provides the opportunity to participate in a programme aimed at secondary and upper middle school students – “For and Against”. The purpose of the programme is to learn to analyze works of art from different perspectives and to support the understanding of art. The programme is designed for school groups.

As customary to debates, there are two teams. Here the works displayed at the exhibition must be analyzed in teams, using the “weaponry” of the proponent and the opponent, respectively.

The opponents have the chance to criticize!

Is the idea comprehensible? Is the subject topical enough? Are the means of expression (materials) well chosen, or might there be better alternatives? Is it art? Etc.

The proponents must reason to defend their position!

What makes this particular artwork or exposition remarkable? Why and how does this work speak to you? Which feeling or idea does the artwork convey? Why does the artist talk about this? Why has the artist chosen this particular means of expression (material) to communicate the idea? Etc.

Before visiting the exhibition, review the following terms: painting, graphic arts, sculpture, drawing, photography, conceptual art, land art, process art, body art, happening, performance, installation, video art. The programme participants can use art debate concept maps that make it easy to analyze works of art also in the future.

Please enrol at info@eksperimenta.net or +372 641 8518

The programme is available in Estonian and English.