K I W A N O I D

     
     

WITH A CRACK OF DRY SMILE, POSE THE BASIC QUESTIONS ABOUT THE ESTABLISHED HIERARCHIES OF MEANING WITHIN SEMIOSPHERE.

NOT THE UNCONSCIOUS THEY ARE AFTER, BUT IF A TERM LIKE THAT WOULD EXIST, THE ÜBER-CONSCIOUS, THE ORDER OF THINGS HIDDEN IN THE MOST MINUSCULE OF DETAILS.

RIGOR AND NEUTRALITY, ERRORISM OF THE IMAGINARY CYBORG BRAINWAVES, WICKEDLY DRY HUMOR OF TEXTUAL OPERATIONS, TRUST IN NOISE, BLIND FOLLOWING OF LOGICS OF TEXT LEADING TO META-MEANINGS AND BLANKS ARE THE MAIN NOTIONS AT OPERATION.

contact: kiwa at nihe.ee

(from the artist statment*)

* text stolen from hanno soans

 

 

KIWA is a multichannel meta-artist. He actively explores and blends different media, from conceptual objects to total audiovisual environments: all together functioning as a hypertextual research of meaning-making and cultural codes, collective and personal myths.

He blends the meaning of authorship on different levels. Interested in quote, pastiche, games of language and identity, (post)psychoanalysis and schizoanalysis were self-explanatory as artistic methods. The art of Kiwanoid is a labyrinth, or rather a labyrinth in a labyrinth.

KIWA is also active as lecturer in the Estonian Academy of Arts (since 2006) and curator (since 1999). He initiated a sound-art platform with a code name “metabor” (2001–2004) and ;paranoia publishing group ltd (2014). He directed a full-length documentary movie “Wariazone” (with anthropologist Terje Toomistu) about Indonesian transgender phenomena and is preparing a documentary about Soviet Hippies (2016).

Last shows and performances: Moderna Museet (Sweden); Henie Onstad (Norway); The Kitchen, Yvon Lambert Gallery, Renaissance Society, Dept. of Signs & Symbols (USA); ICA, Tate Modern, Milch Gallery (UK); Stedelijk, DeAppel (Netherlands); Tseretely gallery, SKIF festival (Russia); Seccession, CAT/MAK, RR (Austria); 1st Electronic Festival (Belorussia); Rivoli59, Chateau de Tours (France); TartMus, Kumu, Vaal gallery (Estonis).


SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2015
KIWA - retrospective (TartMus, Estonia)
When I Hear The Word 'Exhibition' I reach for My Artificial Eye (Haapsalu City Gallery, Estonia)

2014
Soviet Hippies (with Terje Toomistu, Uppsala Art Museum, Uppsala, Sweden)
Soviet Hippies (with Terje Toomistu, Presentation House gallery, Vancouver, Canada)

2013
enter the untitled (Vaal gallery, Tallinn, Estonia)
Soviet Hippies: The Psychedelic Underground of 1970s Estonia (with Terje Toomistu, Moderna Museet, Malmö, Sweden)
Soviet Hippies: The Psychedelic Underground of 1970s Estonia (with Terje Toomistu, Estonian National Museum, Tartu, Estonia)
RRR projekt (Reality Raum Residenz, Vienna, Austria)

2011
America.Process.Castle (Y-gallery, Tartu, Estonia)

2010
Lack of Stimulus (with T.Thetloff & T.Piibemann, galerie Rivoli 59, Paris)
Wildlife Documentaries (Draakon gallery, Tallinn, Estonia)
0-procedures (Y-gallery, Tartu, Estonia)

2009
High on Nothing (Kumu Art Museum, Tallinn, Estonia)

2008
High on Nothing (Art Depoo Gallery, Tallinn, Estonia)

2007
Labyrinth and the Paths of Eternal Return (with Tõnis Vint, Rael Artel Gallery, Tartu, Estonia)

2004
How Are Connected Displacement & Machines of Purity (with Tillamook Cheddar, Beauliau Gallery, Gent, Belgium)
Illegal Antistyle (Vaal Gallery, Tallinn, Estonia)
Freak Null (City Gallery, Tallinn, Estonia)
I'm a Quotation (with A. Lõo and M. Kleis, Y-Gallery, Tartu, Estonia)

2003
Author's Notes Here and Beyond (Theatre Gallery, Pärnu, Estonia)
Freak Null (Kondas Centre, Viljandi, Estonia)

2002
LAP (Raatuse Gallery, Tallinn; Kilpkonna Gallery, Viljandi, Estonia) PostPsychoAnalysis (Tartu Children’s Art School Gallery, Tartu, Estonia)

2000
Dream of a Provincial Girl (with J. Zoova and T. Laamann, Sopot, Poland)
Spring Disco (with Jasper Zoova, City Gallery, Tallinn, Estonia)
Nu Neurotik Naivism (with Anneli Nygren, Tartu Artists’ House, Tartu, Estonia)

1999
Dessanta (Vaal Gallery, Tallinn, Estonia)
New Video Installations (with Ene-Liis Semper, Sebra Gallery, Tartu, Estonia)
Estonia as a Sign (with Jasper Zoova, Estonian Embassy, Prague, Czech Republic)

1998
Muzik at Vremja of my Võhod (Raatuse Gallery, Tallinn, Estonia)
CircleSoul (with Ene-Liis Semper, Sebra Gallery, Tartu, Estonia)

1997
Regatta (Raatuse Gallery, Tallinn, Estonia)

1996
Lollipop Fiction (with T. Aaliste and E. Frosch, Rüütli Gallery, Tartu, Estonia)


SELECTED FESTIVALS AND GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2015
Black Square - 100 (Kumu Art Museum, Tallinn, Estonia)
Water Tank Project (New York, USA)
tl;dr (Tallinn Art Hall gallery, Tallinn, Estonia)
City of Dreams. Text Art in Tartu 2002-2015 (Tartu Art Museum, Estonia)
Silence is Golden (Kumu Art Museum, Tallinn, Estonia)
Lux Matrix. Tallinn Light Festival
Youth as Lifestyle (Tartu Art Museum, Estonia)
Silence is Golden (Kumu Art Museum, Tallinn, Estonia)

2014
Köler Prize (Estonian Contemporary Art Museum, Tallinn, Estonia)
Typical Individuals. Graffiti and Street Art in Tartu 1994-2014 (Tartu Art Museum, Estonia)
FEMINismTC: “БАЙХТЕ” (Vienna, Austria)
The 14th International Contemporary and Video Art Festival “Waterpieces” organised by Culture and Arts Project “NOASS”
Festival de cinéma de Douarnenez (Douarnenez, France)
Art & Science (Applied Art Museum, Tallinn, Estonia)
Non-comfortable Narratives (ISFAG, Tallinn, Estonia)

2013
Art's Birthday Party (Södra theatre, Stockholm, Sweden)
Out of Sync. Looking Back at the History of Sound Art (Kumu Art Museum, Tallinn, Estonia)
FEMINismTC: “БАЙХТЕ” (Charim Gallery Events, Vienna, Austria) Nordic Art Station (Eskilstuna Art Museum, Eskilstuna, Sweden) Tartu World Film Festival (Tartu, Estonia)
TranScreen film festival (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
LGBT Film Festival (Warsaw, Poland)
Noise & Fury Festival (DOM, Moscow, Russia) Experimental Sound Gallery (St.Petersburg, Russia) Estomania (Huuto gallery, Helsinki, Finland)
Vilsandi Trance (Vilsandi, Estonia)
Kukemuru Ambient Festival (Kukemuru, Estonia)
Gift (Коворкинг "Соль", Yekaterinburg, Russia)
Tallinn Light Biennale (Tallinn, Estonia)

2012
Sound Around Kaliningrad (Kaliningrad, Russia)
Wake Pominki Leicheschmaus (Asclepias Physocarpa, Vienna, Austria)
The Exotic (Tallinn Art Hall, Estonia)
Silent Revolution (Tallinn Art Hall, Estonia)
Pori Performance Festival (Pori, Finland)
Estomania (Club Liberte, Myymälä gallery, Helsinki, Finland)
Performance Fiesta (Center of Contemporary Art Pispala, Tampere, Finland)
Trans Rights as Human Rights Conference (Linnköping, Sweden)
ILGA world conference (Stockholm, Sweden)
Q! Film Festival (Jakarta, Indonesia)
The 5th Singapore Indie Doc Fest (Singapur)
24th Annual Vancouver Queer Film Festival (Vancouver, Canada)
Entzaubert radical d.i.y. film fest (Berliin, Germany)
QFest - The 16th Annual Houston GLBTQ International Film Festival (Houston, USA)
4th Bangalore Queer Film Festival (Bangalore, India)
International Ethnographic Film Festival of Quebec (Montreal, Canada)

2011
Continuum_the perception zone (Tallinn Art Hall, Estonia)
Neoist Disaster (Yogyakarta Art Museum, Indonesia)
Liberté 2011 (Chateau Asnieres, Paris, France)
Untold Stories (Tallinn Art Hall, Estonia)
Collected Files (Estonian Contemporary Art Museum, Tallinn, Estonia)
10th Festival Film Documenter (Yogyakarta, Indonesia)
Kik in der Kok Cyber Sexuality Festival (Tallinna, Estonia)

2010
Fluxus East (Henie-Onstad Artcentre, Oslo, Norway)
Äänen Lumo (Kiasma art museum, Helsinki, Finland)
Next to Nothing (Estonian Contemporary Art Museum, Tallinn, Estonia)
Changing Painting (Kumu Art Museum, Tallinn, Estonia)
Artishok Biennale (Tartu Arthouse, Estonia)

2009
Saison Video (Lille, France)
Zone (Seccession, Vienna, Austria)
First Experimental Music and Media Art Festival (Minsk, Belorussia)
Manizales Theatre festival (Manizales, Colombia)
Photophobia 2 (Kaliningrad, Russia)
Pop Art Forever (Kumu Art Museum, Tallinn)

2008
Plaisirs de l'imagination (Chateau de Tours, Tours, France)
Paradise Is Not Lost (Tseretely Gallery, Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow, Russia)
Fluxus East (Kumu Art Museum, Tallinn, Estonia)
Montreal Theatre Festival (Montreal, Canada)

2007
Agadir Theatre Festival (Agadir, Morocco)
SKIF festival (Peterburg, Russia)

2006
New Video New Europe (The Kitchen, New York)
europART - 25 Pieces (Vienna, Austria)
Radius-Festival (Salzburg, Austria)
Eye of the Storm (Dale, Norway)
Festival of Experimental Art (Maneezh, StPetersburg, Russia)
Pixelache festival (Helsinki, Finland)
Collected Crises (Kumu Art Museum, Tallinn, Estonia)

2005
THRUST – The 26th Biennial of Graphic Arts (Ljubljana, Slovenia)
Radius–Festival (CAT/MAK, Vienna, Austria)
Radiodays (DeAppel, Amsterdam)
New Video New Europe (Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands; Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, USA)
Living Sculptures (Tallinn Art Hall, Tallinn)
Voices (Rottermann’s Salt Storage, Art Museum of Estonia, Tallinn)

2004
Psychic Landscapes (Yvon Lambert Gallery, New York, USA)
A Classic and an Absolutely New Thing (Rum46, Arhus, Danmark)
New Video New Europe (Tate Modern, London, UK)
New Video New Europe (Renaissance Society/Chicago University, Chicago, USA)
Electrodienos Unidentified Sound Objects (Vilnius, Lithuania)

2003
Screensaver (Tallinn Art Hall, Tallinn, Estonia)
Raster 8 / from Koeler to Kiwa (Tartu Art Museum, Tartu, Estonia)
Last Hero (Rottermann’s Salt Storage, Art Museum of Estonia, Tallinn, Estonia)

2002
ArtGenda (Hamburg, Germany)
Centre of Attraction VIII Baltic Triennal of International Art (Vilnius, Lithuania)
Kinoshok (international film festival, Anapa, Russia)

2001
Nyyd Estonian Malady (Lissabon, Portugal)
Supervision (Moscow–Juzhno–Sahhalinsk, Russia)
Smog Conference (Hamburg, Germany)
Estonian Culture (Antverpen, Belgium)
Young British Art (Tallinn Art Hall, Tallinn, Estonia)

2000
Central Station (Milch Gallery, London, UK)
Grosse Kunstausstellung 2000 (Düsseldorf, Germany)
ArtGenda (Helsinki, Finland)
10 paar (Kuurne, Belgium)
Loop (Arsenals museum, Riga, Latvia)
Aids in Culture. Losing Immunity in Art (Rottermann’s Salt Storage, Art Museum of Estonia, Tallinn, Estonia)
Small role-plays for the XXI century (Tartu Artists’ House, Tartu, Estonia)

1999
Kapuum99 (Turku, Finland)
Private Views, SpaceRe/Cognised in Contemporary Art from Estonia & Britain (Budapest, Hungary)
Video Archeology (Sofia, Bulgaria)
West-East Sofa (Frankfurt, Germany)
Message from East (Frankfurt, Germany)
Aperto Estonia (Flash Art magazine virtual exhibition)
Artificial IDs / Dionysia festival (Tartu Artists’ House, Tartu, Estonia)
In Memoriam the 20th Century Artist (Art Museum of Estonia, Tallinn, Estonia)
Media Non Grata offline@online media art festival (Tallinn, Estonia)
Interstanding 3 – Beyond the Edges (Estonian Architecture Museum, Tallinn, Estonia)
Backdoor Media II (Tallinn, Estonia)

1998
X-Change Unlimited (Riga, Latvia)
Speed II, road exhibition (Estonia)
All Together Much & Now (Rottermann’s Salt Storage, Art Museum of Estonia, Tallinn, Estonia)
ElektroKardioGramm (Rottermann’s Salt Storage, Art Museum of Estonia, Tallinn, Estonia)
[meta]dialogue (Tammsaare Museum Gallery, Tallinn, Estonia)
Private Views, SpaceRe/Cognised in Contemporary Art from Estonia & Britain (Rottermann’s Salt Storage, Art Museum of Estonia, Tallinn, Estonia)
International video & new media festival offline@online (Tallinn, Estonia)
Backdoor Media (Tallinn, Estonia)

1997
Speed / Dionysia ferstival, road exhibition (Tartu, Estonia)
Annual exhibition of the Estonian Artists’ Association (Rottermann’s Salt Storage, Art Museum of Estonia, Tallinn, Estonia)
Time Space Movement I, performance art festival (Paide, Estonia)


WORKS IN COLLECTIONS

Art Museum of Estonia
Contemporary Art Museum of Estonia
Tartu Art Museum
private collections in Europe and America

Works in collections of Art Museum of Estonia, Tartu Art Museum, and private collections in Estonia, Europe and USA.