Keiu Maasik and Madis Kurss “100 Ghz to Midnight“

30.10.2020

TASE’19 and EAA (Estonian Academy of Arts) Young Artist’s Award winner Keiu Maasik and Madis Kurss in Draakon Gallery!
 
 
Co-exhibition by Keiu Maasik and Madis Kurss 100 Ghz to Midnight will be open in Draakon gallery from Wednesday, November 4th, 2020. Exhibition will be open until November 21st, 2020.
The authors of current exhibition 100 GHz to Midnight study the simulation of post-apocalyptic world through contemporary computer games. In standard online shooting games the player contests in a team against other teams. During the past ten years, first-person shooting games have increasingly gained popularity - in these gaming platforms, everyone stands for himself and the playground is much more expanded.
 
 
Battle Royal is a term used to describe a battle with multiple participants until the last man standing. At the beginning of the game, the player has nothing, all equipment has to be found on the battleground. Finding good equipment will often decide the result of the conflict. Although the diminishing battleground forces players to be in constant moving, it is possible to avoid the enemies and wait until the danger is over. In reality it could turn out to be the cleverest tactics. Simulating the crisis situations could be taken as a preventive measure for black scenarios outside the game.
 
 
In competition level such games require quite powerful computers for playing. In order to be highly visible on the market, the hardware for playing solutions comes with complicated light solutions, called RGB (red-green-blue). Lucent computer cases have become distinct showpieces where besides the computer's power various RGB solutions can be observed. Preapocalyptic beauty of life curtains the events on the horizon.
 
Keiu Maasik (1992) is video and photography artist residing in Tallinn. Maasik has obtained MA degree in contemporary art at the Estonian Academy of Arts in 2019. Keiu Maasik gained EKA Young Artist’s Award in 2019 and Eduard Wiiralt Scholarship in 2018. She has studied several topics in his artwork such as the influence of documentation to the memory, identity and human relations. Maasik often takes a very intimate and subjective approach to the above mention themes, including her personal memories and experiences.
 
 
Madis Kurss (1985) is an artist living and working in Tallinn. He has obtained MA in contemporary art at the Estonian Academy of Arts in 2019. In his artist's practice, Kurss focuses on photography, sound and video. He has studied computers and computer networking in Tallinn Polytechnic School (2006) and has a working experience in the field of information technology for more than 10 years. The central element in Kurss's creative journeys lies in the digital world with its power and strictness that seems to function perfectly and without losses. Currently he is studying the graphically and mechanically realistic war simulators.
 
 
Graphic design: Henri Kutsar
The artists express their gratitude to: Contemporary Art Museum of Estonia, Hans-Gunter Lock, Heiki Maasik, Henri Kutsar, Karel Koplimets, Kristiina Kams, Laivi Suurväli, Liina Siib, Risto Vaidla, Tondi Firing Range.
Exhibitions in Draakon gallery are supported by the Cultural Endowment of Estonia, Estonian Ministry of Culture and Liviko Ltd.
 
Additional information:
Draakon Gallery
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