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KIBLIX 2021 / Artist Talk: Varvara & Mar

22.03.2021 15:40

KIBLIX 2021 / Artist talk
Varvara & Mar
Wednesday, 24 March 2021, at 6 p.m. CET

On Wednesday, 24 March 2021, at 6 p.m., as part of the KIBLIX festival, we will present the artistic duo Varvara & Mar, currently hosted by DDTlab, at the international art residency of the RUK network. The artists will present their artistic practice and talk about current art projects and ideas in the field of robotics. The talk will be moderated by critic and curator Irena Borić. The event will be streamed live on our social networks and website

Varvara & Mar is an artist duo formed by Varvara Guljajeva and Mar Canet in 2009. Their work is often inspired by the digital age. In their practice, they confront social changes and the impact of the technological era. In addition to that, Varvara & Mar are fascinated by artificial intelligence, kinetics, participation, and digital fabrication, which are integral parts of their work. They have exhibited their art pieces in a number of international shows and festivals such as MAD in New York, FACT in Liverpool, Santa Monica in Barcelona, Barbican and V&A Museum in London, Onassis Cultural Centre in Athens, Ars Electronica museum in Linz, ZKM in Karlsruhe, etc. In addition to that, the duo has completed various commissions, like Neuronal Landscapes (2018) for Estonian History Museum, Wishing Wall (2014) for Google and Barbican in frames of Digital Revolution exhibition, and more. In 2017 they completed a public art commission in Tallinn for NUKU Theatre and have been awarded several times the 2nd and the 3rd prizes for public art in Estonia.

Varvara (born in Tartu, Estonia) has a Ph.D. in art from the Estonian Academy of Arts. Her dissertation From interaction to post-participation: the disappearing role of the active participant can be found here. Varvara also has a master’s degree in digital media from ISNM in Germany and a bachelor’s degree in IT from Estonian IT College.

Mar (born in Barcelona) has two degrees: in art and design from ESDI in Barcelona and computer game development from University Central Lancashire in the UK. He also has gained a master’s degree from Interface Cultures Interface at the University of Art and Design Linz. Currently, he is a Ph.D. candidate in BFM at Tallinn University and a research fellow at Cudan Open Lab. In addition to that, Mar is a co-founder of Derivart and Lummo.

Varvara and Mar are both members of the Estonian Artists Association.