TAVA2018 organisers search for contributors

Elo Kiivet and Sabine De Schutter, pictured at TAVA2016.

(Estonia) – Organisers are looking for speakers, workshop heads and installation artists for the Estonian festival, taking place in October 2018.

Preparations are underway for TAVA2018 as event organisers have begun the search for speakers, workshop heads and installation artists.

One of the main events for the Estonian festival, hosted in the city of Tartu, the TAVA2018 lighting design conference, will run under the header ‘Resilient Design in a Changing World’. Held on October 25th, the conference will offer the opportunity for designers and artists to make direct contact and exchange knowledge, experience and creative inspiration.

Curated by lighting designers Johan Moritz and Tina Wikström, organisers are seeking five designers, artists or researchers who are studying or working with light, perception and public space to add to the conference programme.

TAVA2018’s Lightpath city-scape will be curated by Varvara Guljajeva and Mar Canet. Working under a concept of ‘Radical Light’, Guljajeva and Canet are looking for artists’ drafts that radically re-conceptualise the city-space, with the aim to draw attention to social, space and politics-related topics.

The festival hopes to encourage artists to create new, site-specific installations that will raise awareness of social issues, while at the same time giving visitors an opportunity to experience light and space from a different perspective.

Finally, for its architectural lighting design workshops, TAVA2018 organisers are looking for professional designers who are members of the IALD. Curated by Sabine De Schutter, the goal of the workshops, running from October 20-24th, is to provide training on the main topics in lighting design, and to give students and professional lighting designers a hands-on experience from sketching the vision to eventually building an installation.

Three selected workshop heads will have the opportunity to call forth inspiring changes in the Tartu cityscape. After dark, all workshop sites will become landmarks to visitors, demonstrating the possibilities of architectural lighting design, and the different ways in which light can change the night-time identity of a city.

The deadline for open calls is January 15th. For more information on how to get involved, visit www.tartuvalgus.ee.