Agnieszka Pokrywka (b. 1984) is educated both in fine arts (MA in Animated Film and Art Criticism from Poznan Academy of Fine Arts) and technical physics (MSc in Computer Simulations from Poznan University of Technology). She might appear as a new media artist, filmmaker, animator, graphic designer but most of all she is just a creator captivated by computing. That is why in her artistic creativity she uses mainly digital ways of expression (video, animation, interactive installation etc.) with a special interest in open source solutions. In Ptarmigan she will create Done Lab, an experimental space focused on making all sort of undone things done and creating a new sense out of unfinished passt in the reflective context of the present.
Mindaugas Gapševičius (b. 1974) is an artist, facilitator, and curator. He earned his MA at Vilnius Academy of Arts in 1999 and started his PhD at Goldsmiths University in 2010. The work of Mindaugas Gapševičius is to be associated with net art, software and interactive user interface. The artist conceptualizes the flow of digital information, analyzes its inner logic and modes of application.
Mindaugas (aka Miga) will be spearheading the (Il)legal Aesthetics programme at Ptarmigan this spring. His residency is supported by Kulturkontakt Nord's Mobility Programme.
Daina (Dieva) Pupkevičiūtė is a Lithuanian videomaker & sound constructor, a bit out-spaced but tremendously disciplined - that would be the right way to define her character. Her sound works range from creating soundscapes for performances and installations to live concerts and albums, usually telling / disclosing / facing the shades of "the other side", the visions, the fears, the untold, and the missed.
Video and documentary works are equally important - as a language and as the only way she's found to perceive, according to her, the beauty, by bits and peaces scattered in the visible world.
The main issues she's dealing with in her works are the otherness, the ambivalence of human beings and all the things surrounding us, and the possibility to transcend the now and here during an intense musical / visual / any other artistic experience. Her latest interests embrace transmedial storytelling and socially engage(ed)/(ing) art.
Right now Daina's preparing an online-video project (as a meditation of alternative spaces) as well as planning the Ptarmigan project, which would be a documentary essay on the residents of Pebre street. in Tallinn and its neighborhood - the Pelgulinn area, as well as a sound-mapping workshop, exploring the subjects of home v/s stranger, and a wonderful trait the reality acquires in the documentary (video and sound as well) - the dissolvence of the real.
Sigbjørn Bratlie is a Norwegian artist working with installation, painting, video and performance. His art practice has a conceptual and analytical undertone, and humour is an important part of it. The concept of language is also central to his work. Influenced by popular culture, his work is about the production of art works in the midst of an overwhelming flow of TV, movies, pop music, advertising, fashion and cartoons. His art pieces are often “filtered” through one or several layers of pop cultural references, but are ultimately about the search for a voice, both artistically and personally. There is also an underlying hermeneutic element in his work: An emphasis on language, semiotics and interpretation, and an urge to find meaning in cultural phenomena.
A key ingredient in his way of working is what he likes to call «the artist as anti-hero» – i.e. – the artist who desperately tries to create profound, deep-felt and groundbreaking work, but who usually fails miserably. This strategy accounts for a lot of the humour in his work.
For his 2-month stay at Ptarmigan, Sigbjørn Bratlie has taken it upon himself to learn the Estonian language, go see an Estonian shrink, and sort out all his emotional and psychological issues. His art project will be based in video and performance, and will deal with communication in a foreign language: Situations where access to meaning and understanding is greatly limited because of language problems.