IVAR VEERMÄE

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Anti-Utopias

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The work deals with the notions of “smart technology” gaining more and more presence in lives of the people and their environments. The gadgets and screens become almost self-explanatory. The technological objects seem to become more personalized, but the whole body – object interaction sets are defined by the objects design and interface.
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source: thenewcollectorsbook

Ivar Veermäe was born in Tallinn, Estonia, in 1982 and currently lives and works in both Tallinn and Berlin, Germany. He received a BA in photography from the Estonian Academy of Arts in 2009 and continues his MA studies at Space Strategies department in Weissensee Kunsthochschule Berlin.

He has had several solo exhibitions in Estonia and his work has been exhibited in group exhibitions at the Art Museum of Estonia, Art Hall of Tallinn, the Estonian Contemporary Art Museum, the Zentrum für Kunst und Urbanistic in Berlin, the Sociale Verzekeringsbank in Holland, the Kulturhuset Bronden in Denmark.

He has participated with perfomances in Hebbel am Ufer, Berlin and in Month of Performance Art Berlin in ACUD Theater. His videos are being screened in various screenings at the AND Festival in Manchester, Crosstalk festival in Budapest, and in Virtual Memorial, Cambodia.

Most of his work is dealing with the issues of public space (city space and space in internet), networks, new media and group behaviour.

He has also worked on several public space installation and performative projects.
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source: anti-utopias

The work deals with the notions of “smart technology” gaining more and more presence in lives of the people and their environments. The gadgets and screens become almost self-explanatory. The technologi¬cal objects seem to become more personalized, but the whole body – object interaction sets are defined by the objects design and interface.

The main focus in my work is dealing with the issues of public space and group behaviour. I think that public space reflects directly or indirectly on processes in society and it is constantly changing. In the time of “ubiquitous computing” also the meaning of public space is changing. When boundaries between private and public blur, the space could be redefined as an accessible space.

In my work process I use photography and video as well performative and interfering tactics, like public space installations. Also I´m trying to find and use connections between city space and virtual space. The goal of my work is to analyze the actions and processes in these spaces.
(Ivar Veermäe)