Symposion of Interior Architecture and Spatial Use SISU


SISU is a major event in the field of Estonian interior architecture and spatial design, which deals with topics related to interior architecture. The symposium has become a meeting place for recognized theorists and practitioners in the field of (interior) architecture from all over the world. This year’s SISU will take place from the 13th until the 21st of June in the premises of the National Archives film archive in Pelgulinn. The focal point of SISU is an exhibition and the accompanying symposium, which will take place on 13th of June at 4.00 p.m. The theme of this year’s exhibition – TIME CAPSULE – refers to the question of temporality in spatial design. 

Participants from all over Europe were asked to open up the current state of their profession through one artefact that was to be sent to Tallinn with the smallest size box of the international postal service. Both found objects and works created especially for this event will be on display at the symposium. However, the participants had to take into account the fact that after the end of the exhibition they wouldn’t get back their works. The objects will be put back in the boxes and they will remain in the building as a unified time capsule.

The curators of the Time Capsule project, Aet Ader, Karin Tõugu and Pavle Stamenovic, invited 100 individuals and offices from Estonia and abroad to participate in SISU, and half of them responded with an artefact. Among the participants are interior architects, architects, designers, artists, urban activists, material researchers, furniture makers, creative researchers as well as performance artists. 

In the exhibition, the artefacts enter into a dialogue with the cells of the Ristiku 84 building, which was built as a prison for the Tallinn garrison in the 1950s. It is a unique horseshoe-shaped prison, which reflects the 18th century English enlightener Jeremy Bentham’s idea of a penitentiary as a panopticon. Films have been shot in these rooms, and architecture enthusiasts have been able to get to know the house as part of the annual Museum Nights, but the house is unknown to the general public. It may happen that it will stay that way, because it is not known what the state will do with the building after the Film Archive moves out. 

Take a look at the initial list of participants HERE.

The SISU symposium will take place on June 13 from 4 p.m to 7 p.m. The exhibition is open from the 13th to 21st of June, Mon-Thu 9 a.m to 5 p.m, Fri 9 a.m to 4 p.m. SISU is supported by the Cultural Foundation, the Ministry of Culture, Film Archive of the National Archives of Estonia and the Estonian Association of Interior Architects. In addition to the curators Aet Ader, Karin Tõugu and Pavle Stamenovic, graphic designer Anna Kaarma and Gregor Taul and Annamari Nael from the EKA Department of Interior Architecture and  belong to the organizing team of the symposium.

Further information:
Gregor Taul
Tel +372 55 690 456

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