The Surface of the Sun



Exhibition project of time-based works shown on the ground floor of EKKM from July 20 to 22, 12–7pm.

Opening on July 19 at 6pm.

Remote viewing is a form of extrasensory perception: a receptive individual projects or travels out of their body to a place, object or time unknown to them, reporting back as a kind of psychic reconnaissance. This practice was part of the CIA’s Stargate Project, begun in the 1970s, that sought to competitively instrumentalize psychic research during the Cold War. The subject of one of these experiments would be handed a sealed envelope, from the test’s monitor, that contained a location and time. The monitor then verbally directed the subject to specific coordinates, asking for reports and drawings of what was seen and encountered. Any place and time was possible, even The Surface of the Sun.

As a concept, remote viewing can be positioned as a portal across time, history and personal experience. The speculative nature of this practice is equally a departure point for fictional intermingling. In this vein, events not lived first hand, or at all, can be reconfigured as malleable objects moving through time, newly and differently encountered. The works presented in the The Surface of the Sun will travel through signal, stopping by fleetingly, leaving their echoes.

Graphic design: Gaile Pranckunaite

Supported by: Cultural Endowment of Estonia, Estonian Ministry of Culture

Acknowledgements and thanks: to all the artists, Marten Esko, Laura Toots, Johannes Säre, Kirill Tulin, Henri Eek, Reimo-Võsa Tangsoo, Anna Škodenko, Martin Rünk, Rachel McRae, Karl McCool and Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI), Sofia Hauser and ŻAK | BRANICKA, and Diane at Hanne Lippard’s studio