Ptarmigan operated in Tallinn from 2011-2014. This website exists as an archive of its activities during this time. We no longer maintain any presence in Tallinn, but some people involved with Ptarmigan are now operating Temporary in Helsinki.
Arturs Punte 'Downgrade to Silence'
Ptarmigan's in-house resident (as part of the KK Nord Nordic/Baltic mobility programme) presents the culmination of his work in Helsinki. 'Downgrade to silence' is a 20 minute audo-visual performance combining documentary video and poetic text, in the Finnish language.
A poem written in a language the author does not understand, 'Downgrade to Silence' will be a chorus of lo-fi video and audio. The performance will combine old TV sets, DVD and digital audio players without proper amplification.
Punte: 'It's a lonely journey through the city of Helsinki. In soundscape of silent urban areas, you can hear your thoughts much better than other things. Time is passing. You are counting days. You notice some small changes that happen with the usual things around you. You think - it's language, between you and the locals, and you think about the language all the time. Then you give your thoughts to people you meet and they translate it, they make you hear them - finally the city is starting to sound for you, finally you can hear it."
Also this evening will be a presentation by our next resident from the mobility programme, Vidgis Haugtrø of Trondheim, Norway. Haugtrø will give a short presentation of her work and talk about the project she will work on during her two-month Ptarmigan residency.