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.
At Ptarmigan, 2014 began with the Fictiocratic Operations no. 27C experiment, a bizarre evening that we're still trying to unravel. Artefacts and other evidence will soon reach this digital realm.
We are pleased to host Andrew Gryf Paterson in January as part of the Axis of Praxis residency programme. Andrew will be based in Ptarmigan for the month before heading to MoKS; the project, supported by Kulturkontakt Nord, seeks creative practitioners to engage with the two distinct communities of Ptarmigan and MoKS and hopefully find a bridge that extends beyond the easy dichotomy of "urban/rural" . We've worked closely with Andrew over the years, all the way back to the beginning, so we're happy to have him here.
His main objective for the residency periods is to focus time outside of usual work patterns towards writing the introductory and contextual sections of his article-based doctoral candidate manuscript, which reflects on artistic fieldwork from an auto-ethnographic/archaeological perspective, acknowledging the different contexts, influences and outgoings of Finnish & Latvian -based processes (for example Herbologies/Foraging Networks 2010-2011, Happihuone 2005-2007 & Clip Kino 2008-2010, plus earlier Locative media projects 2003-2005). In addition to text he will identify documentation, media, meta-data, and other 'figure' -like artefacts from the fieldwork. During the residency period in Tallinn & Mooste, he will guest-host two invited dinner events to present and share stories about the artefacts related to each period of fieldwork mentioned above. The invited diners would also be encouraged to also share stories and artefacts which remain from hosting experiences (related to art projects, food or other social events).
Our friend Mari-Anna Lepasson will host an Art and Anthropology Workshop here on Saturday, 18 January. This workshop will be based heavily in diary writing and participants will study their own behaviour and their influence of themselves on other participants and vice-versa. There's no registration required so please just turn up.