Ptarmigan existed as a project space in Vallila from 2009-2011 and a mobile curatorial/creative platform until 2014. We no longer exist as an organised collective, but this website will continue to serve as an archive of the activities produced as/at Ptarmigan during these years.
Opening Operations is a monthly series in 2014 that investigates the practical methods through which culture is produced.
Each month, a representative from a different Estonian culture organisation will present their activities as well as their operating budget and finances. The speaker will discuss a challenge or problem unique to their organisation, and the presentation will be followed by a group discussion. The goal is to share methodologies, open dialogues, and research creative alternatives to real-world problems involving money, labour, and collaboration. This project also seeks to democratise and demystify the act of "organising", proceeding from the belief that there is no right or wrong way to do things, and that different approaches breed more exciting and dynamic cultural forms.
This month's speaker is Priit Raud. Priit is the artistic director of the Baltoscandal festival, one of the first international theatre festivals in Baltic States, held in Rakvere, Estonia. He is also responsible for setting up the 2.tans organization, originally created to spread information about what was happening in the dance scene, and now a production and receiving office which provides touring management for most of Estonia’s independent choreographers and dancers. His venue Kanuti Gildi Saal at the time of its inception was the only one for alternative theater in the country. He is responsible for kick starting the contemporary dance and theater scene in Estonia, and is arguably the main organizer, catalyst and publicist for the art form in Estonia.
Light snacks and refreshments will be served, and the discussion will be recorded and released afterwards online in podcast form.
Avatud Toimingud/Opening Operations is a project of Migrating Art Academies and is supported by the Estonian Ministry of Culture.