Sandra Nuut

Projects:

Dear Friend Exhibition & Symposium * Acting Things VIII – Silent Negotiations by Judith Seng * Behind the Curtain * Making Public and Publics: Art Publishing in Context * Dear Friend * Windows displays for Tallinna Kaubamaja * Jane Jacobs * Chamber

Writings:

About The Responsible Object * Need kirjad sinu postkastis * Kuidas ehitada graafiline disaini haridust? * Dear Friend 33 * Kas ainult definitsiooni küsimus? * Dear Friend 22 * Lõpetades kunstiülikooli (pandeemia tingimustes). Intervjuu Eesti Kunstiakadeemia Portfolio Café ekspertidega * Dear Friend 13 * Kirjutada = kujundada * One Playground * Väikekirjastajate kohtumine * Dear Friend 1 * Koolide koolis tuleb õpetada ellujäämist * Kohtumispaik * Signaalid perifeeriast: killud graafilisest disainist * Fairs, Masses, Artist Books and Politics * Coat Story * Objektid lähenevad
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Dear Friend Exhibition & Symposium

15–29 September 2022
EKA Gallery, Estonian Academy of Arts

Dear Friend Exhibition (2022) curated by Sandra Nuut and Ott Kagovere was an exhibition that featured letters from the publishing project Dear Friend, publications, and other ephemera by writers of the Dear Friend letters at the EKA Gallery.

There was also a public programme that included presentations of periodical publications and books, reading and recording of letters programme Tracks as envelopes by oH radio,  Dear Friend Symposium, a day full of presentations and discussions, and Dear Friend letter writing workshop and more. 

SYMPOSIUM

24 September 2022, EKA Gallery

Dear Friend Symposium was a gathering where we explored practices and questions around experimental and self-publishing, mailing as a form of publishing, and design as writing through presentations and discussions.

Symposium schedule:

12:30 Presentation Undisclosed Relations, Henk Groenendijk 

Henk Groenendijk travels from Sofia, Bulgaria to open some boxes full of student publications, a selection of works from the Test Press exhibition, and copies of Test Press magazine. Henk will tell us about his library and collection of student publications and the links that are perhaps not visible. The connections are in the books, posters, and other paraphernalia. 
Henk Groenendijk is a collector, educator, and curator of Test Press Books. He worked as a professor at the Graphic Design Department of Gerrit Rietveld Academie and initiated the Rietveld & Sandberg Library Publications Archive. 

13:00 A Lecture on Nothing: on the Legibility of Illegible Text, Arja Karhumaa

What do typographic texts consist of? How does typography relate to language, image, and writing? How do you read illegible text? What is type beyond only form, as part of our coexistence and social environment? This performative talk has no answers to these questions but aims to stay with the trouble they make.
Arja Karhumaa is a text designer, a feral academic, and a language animal. She is Assistant Professor and Head of Programme in Visual Communication Design at Aalto University ARTS, Finland. 

15:00 Presentation about de Appel’s publication The Remote Archivist, Nell Donkers

Nell Donkers, archivist of de Appel in Amsterdam will talk about The Remote Archivist, a recurring (one-page folded poster) publication from the Archive. There are four series of the publication that have been presented so far. The aim is to invite artists, thinkers, and readers to dive deeper into the archive and recalibrate the archive materials for their own practice. Bardhi Haliti is the designer of the project and of de Appel’s house style. 
Nell Donkers has managed the archive (library, archive, and collection) of De Appel in Amsterdam since 2022 and made it digitally accessible. 

15:30 Talk about Queer.Archive.Work and the resting reader, Paul Soulellis

Paul Soulellis’ talk will present his work at the nonprofit library, publishing studio, and residency Queer.Archive.Work in Providence, US with a focus on collectivity in the context of independent publishing. The resting reader is a book of texts and images assembled from source material found on the shelves of the Queer.Archive.Work library. The content was selected during the rise of the COVID-19 Omicron variant in December 2021, around the loose themes of rest, quiet, care, queer, sanctuary, reflection, collective, and generosity. 
Paul Soulellis is an artist and educator based in Providence, RI. His practice includes teaching, writing, and experimental publishing, with a focus on queer methodologies and network culture. 

17:00 presentation of the Dear Friend Catalogue, Ott Kagovere & Sandra Nuut

Exhibition and symposium: Ott Kagovere and Sandra Nuut

Exhibition design: Ulla Alla and Nika Gabiskiria

Letters by Alicia Ajayi, Stuart Bertolotti-Bailey, Claudia Doms, Nell Donkers, Maarin Ektermann, Rosen Eveleigh, Maryam Fanni, Saara Hannus, Eik Hermann, Paul John, Maria Juur, Ott Kagovere, Maarja Kangro, Arja Karhumaa, Kristina Ketola Bore, Nicole Killian, Rachel Kinbar, Tuomas Kortteinen, Keiu Krikmann, Kadri Laas, Else Lagerspetz, Lieven Lahaye, James Langdon, Jungmyung Lee, Kai Lobjakas, Michelle Millar Fisher, Maria Muuk, Sheere Ng, Sandra Nuut, Laura Pappa, Jack Self, Indrek Sirkel, Paul Soulellis, Triin Tamm, Laura Toots, Alice Twemlow, Loore Viires, Sean Yendrys, Justin Zhuang

Letter visuals by Mai Bauvald, Pärtel Eelmere, Martina Gofman, Kersti Heile, Laura Merendi, Mikk Oja, Rex, Johanna Ruukholm, Robin Siimann

Thank you Andres Alliksaar, Louis Biasin, Pärtel Eelmere, Maarin Ektermann, Mark Foss, Triin Jerlei, Mette Mari Kaljas, Kaur Karu, Kertu Klementi, Else Lagerspetz, Rasmus Lukas, Laura Merendi, Anete Ots, Laura Pappa, Steven Pikas, Lola Maria Pärna, Emma Reim, Filipp Rotšenkov, Maret Sarapu, Georg Ander Sild, Indrek Sirkel, Mariliis Tarja, Ljubov Terukova, Taylor Tex Tehan, Laura Tursk, Pille-Riin Valk 

Supported by the Cultural Endowment of Estonia and the Estonian Academy of Arts, the European Regional Development Fund

Photos by Katrin-Maria Terras

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