Betasystem 1.1 / There is nothing to see
Reimo Võsa-Tangsoo has studied photography at the Estonian Academy of Arts. In 2011, he defended his Master's thesis where he studied the ways art audience receives interactive art. The starting point of the present exhibition „Betasystem 1.1 / There is nothing to see“ is the knowledge that the audience entering an exhibition hall is never passive – all viewers are active interpreters with their personal expectations and conditions. An artist with his or her artwork can either meet art audience's expectations or touch the very edge of one's experience where art segues into non-art, seeing into not seeing, an image into abstractness, passivity into intervention and present into past.
Furthermore, another importance lies in a gallery as an institution for exhibiting art and being its time-space. It is as if every subsequent exhibition would cancel the ones held earlier while manifesting the new one. Art audience, nevertheless, is able to remember exhibitions held before, and older details may leave even stronger impression in viewers' memories than the current one. Pieces from the present exhibition such as „The photograph from the wall „Benjamin Badock „Flag Wahne“ 2006““ and „Telescope / Time-machine“ refer location-specifically to former exhibitions held in Hobusepea gallery – more information can be found on the gallery's homepage under the archive of exhibitions held in 2006 and 2012.
Eventually, the artist points at the process of viewing as a real and active intervention. With the help of his work such as „Mirror“, „Microscope“ and „Photograph from the wall“, Reimo Võsa-Tangsoo poses the known question on minimalism: „When we are being shown nothing, then what is that we see?“ The artist expects art audience to give answers to this question on the lower floor of the gallery, with the help of the „Survey / Echo Machine“.
Department of Photography, Estonian Academy of Arts
Union of Photo Artists
Ahti Heinla & Maris Suits
Total Eesti OÜ
Artist talk will be held at 5.30pm on May 28rh, 2012, led by Anneli Porri.
Exhibition is supported by the Cultural Endowment of Estonia.
Hobusepea St 2, Tallinn, 10133, Estonia