Ludvig Uhlbors / 06 Jun 2011 / 9:38

Off-dramatic theatre?

I spent this morning trying to connect with one of the most basic assumptions we have been introduced to. Peeter Jalakas initially expressed a desire to suggest an esthetic for the future. Even though I find it difficult to conform to the idea of producing a hero for tomorrow I do find it interesting to look for possible future esthetic strategies.

Svetlana Boym, an artist living in Cambridge, has suggested a new prefix. Instead of “fast changing prefixes” she writes “like Post, anti, neo, trans and sub – that suggests an implacable movement forward… I propose to go off: “Off” as in “off kilter,” off Broadway”, “off the map”, or “way off”, “off brand”, “off the wall” and occasionally “off color”.” READ MORE

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Maike Lond / 05 Jun 2011 / 22:47

individual work:hard work

…i’ ve spent the whole sunday mowing the lawn
…6 hours in the monotone sound of the internal combustion engine … the whole time i wasn’t thinking ’bout gilgamesh … i agree with ludvigs post that i dont seem to find a relation to this story .. it somehow keeps on being just a nice story.. and that’s it.
… instead i ve been thinking about nowadays heros – and for some reason thinkin’ ’bout the wikileaks drama and Obama declaring a war against hacking and hackers it seems that my present times hero is the hacking scene where people risk with their lives just to get the political/economical systems more transparent – to get the news Real News.
… don’t know why im talking about it.
… somebody wrote that we have to.
see u tmrw

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Janis Balodis / 05 Jun 2011 / 16:32

Individual work – impressions about yesterday

Very shortly.

We experienced three rituals.

First one was brainwashing, but in a positive way. During the ritual you really gained this feeling that you switch to another level of existence.

Second one was my group’s ritual. We hypnotised ourselves to get into a very tiny space  and waited for miracle which didn’t come.

Third ritual was based on translation of one text (diary entry of Viesturs Meiksans). Translations were mixed together and created the feeling of chaos where you are trying to catch some kind of meaning.

After rituals we received next exercise from Peeter. Exercise is to find most interesting parts from lecture about Heroes, Sitchin’s lecture and from epic tale Gilgamesh.

In the afternoon with help of Martins Eihe I found a place where I saw two performances by one Finnish guy and Maike. Performances were somehow very close to the subject which we are dealing with – ritual. These performances created another space for couple of minutes.

In the very late evening we went to Jim’s and Loore’s place. Thank you guys for a warm welcome and your attic apartment is ubercool.

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Ludvig Uhlbors / 04 Jun 2011 / 21:24

Hesitation and desire

My first experience is that a series of very strong assumptions has been made prior to our arrival and I feel I have arrived in a context restricted by some very clearly defined limitations. This is not necessarily a problem, limitations can be very inspiring, but I am used to have more saying in the processes.

There is, however, a stated agenda with this workshop. Our host, Peeter Jalakas, wants to discuss what comes after postmodernism. He talked about postmodernism as the “cynical” and “ironical” period of “deconstruction”.

For my part I feel that postmodernism, or poststructuralism, has provided me with many useful tools, tools that are still relevant today. For example Gender studies or Queer theory. Relational esthetics can also be one suggestion of how postructuralism has suggested a positive alternative to essensialism. READ MORE

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Zane Kreicberga / 03 Jun 2011 / 20:03

Faces of the Day 1 & 2

Here are some moving images of the first two days in Tallinn – talking about heroes and rituals:

BAND:EXPANDED / faces of day 1&2 from Emer Värk on Vimeo.

Author: Emer Vark / Von Krahl

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Loore Martma / 03 Jun 2011 / 10:26


This is how I make my coffee:
I have the usual Italian stove-top espresso makers (I bought from one very nice antiques shop, close to Balti Jaam). It contains three parts: the lower part, where I add water; the middle part, the sieve, where I add two tbsp of coffee (what coffee, I will get to it) and also press the grounded coffee together a bit with the help of the spoon; and the third part, to put the pot on the stove, where the water starts to boil and the steam goes through the coffee and ends up in the upper part of that jug. Lovely, huh?

Ok, what kind of a coffee I use – there’s a small coffee shop close to Raekoja Square, called Kehrwieder. So far, my favourite coffee in town. There You can taste different coffees, You can buy coffee beans and also let them to grind the beans. Of course depending on how You make Your coffee.
So when I bought my Tanzanian coffee (tho I wanted Yemens), the whole day i had the package in my bag.. and the smell was delicious. Also, starting my preparations on making a morning coffee, it’s the first smell that gets to me.

As soon as the water starts to boil, the jug starts to make different sounds and small coffee-smelling clouds. I pour the coffee to the small brown cup. No milk nor sugar added. And take the first sip of it. Mmmmh!

It’s all about taking time. And having time.

Also I would like to share a beautiful song by Tina Dickow (inspired by Heroes).

And a picture (inspired by rituals).


Robin Jonsson / 03 Jun 2011 / 2:46


2nd day is over and the sun is soon up.

excellent russian-rave clip from Janis, thanks. Here I give you the best piece of dance ever made: by a kind of weird hero, kind of my dance hero.

as was written earlier, lots of talks today and we are working on rituals, somehow, for a reason. let’s get the Tarmo Jusisto’s phd up here on the site! it was a nice lecture which stirred thoughts, obviously. Today we worked more than yesterday and in smaller groups.

/we also talked about Belgium having the world-record in not-having-a-government (in the bar)

/and about personal heroes, like my dad. (in the bar)

/and having a party soon (somewhere)

/some pics




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Justas Tertelis / 03 Jun 2011 / 1:30

Day Nr.2

It is a really strange internet we have here in the hotel. I tried to log in about 15 min. and already forgot what I… Well, today:

/interesting  lecture about Heroes developing from ancient times to nowadays. But still from lecture we didn’t figure out what makes hero a hero? But maybe there was no need for it. Zane, I spoke with the guy who was giving a lecture, he said that we can also put his texts in our web page. He is writing phd  on heroes theme. I found it interesting. Maybe we can do it with your help?(in lecture room)

/we discussed about parliament situation in Latvia(in bar)

/if you look at life on perspective “I’m going to die”  it makes things and life much simplier than if you look on perspective “I’m going to live”.  (in bar)

/I had phone call from LT that I kind of won competition of radio plays for radio theatre in LT. That was a surprise. (on phone)

/ritual is about sacrificing something. It is a community stuff. why and how to make it? we are on the way. (in a black box)

/bought a belt for 4.99 eur (in a shopping center)

/to become a Saint you need: to do two miracles, to live in “right” virtues, and to die.  (in a lecture room)

/3 beers for the whole day (in the bar)

/ a little bit of red wine (near the sea)

/ the water told us to go to the hotel (near the sea)

/Some photos

see you tommorow.


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Janis Balodis / 03 Jun 2011 / 1:03

Second day

June 2nd, 2011

Janis journal

The first real day of the workshop. It started with a nice breakfast at the hotel. At 11 o’clock we had the lecture by Tarmo Juristo (PhD in Studies of Culture, Tallinn University). The title of this lecture was Virtues of the Heroes through the History and Their Forms of Expression in 21st Century.

During this lecture Tarmo covered a lot of topics starting from the ancient times and coming to nowadays. A lot of stories about heroes were told.

Some facts were new for me, for example:

1) Prometheus can be recognized as a creator of the humankind, because one of the things that separate humans from animals is that humans cook the flesh, and Prometheus gave us the fire,

2) in the Middle Ages Prometheus was a Lucifer (light giver). Prometheus rebelled against gods, Lucifer rebelled against God, outcome the same.

After discussions we pointed out some basic thoughts:

1) there is no hero without a society, who says, that he is a hero,

2) a hero represents virtues of a society (Osama bin Laden is a hero for some Islamic people, but not for Americans),

3) everyone can be a hero (just add right components),

So, if our workshop theme is Nowadays’ Hero, I guess we will reflect on nowadays’ virtues. In my opinion, a hero has to make a change in established virtues and offer new ones.

The hero thing inspired me to share one video with you. This video is representing my favourite hero from the movie called Watchmen (it is based on comics) – Rorschach. The essence of the Rorschach is that he fights against injustice, do not make compromises and punishes without a trail. In the end of the film he is killed by one of his colleagues, because Rorschach’s way of thinking is not fitting in the paradigm of our world. Rorschach\’s Opening Scene

Talking about paradigms – Latvian parliament today elected a president who is familiar with oligarchs. Of course, unofficially. Sad. Rorschach will never come after him, but it could be nice.

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