ARTEL 2016 Artist Residency @ TIFA Working Studios, Pune, India

Artel 2016 is in the finish line, and Green Root Lab gave birth to Project Bearth. If you want to be part of it, please come and visit our exhibition at TIFA Working Studios, where you can see our series of installations and the works of nine other artists as well.

(Kinetic installation, mixed media)
Maharashtra is the state having the highest number of farmer suicides due to growing debts and crop failure, which is caused by the exploitation of land in chemical farming.
“Breathing” gives voice to the living quality of earth; a fact that is neglected in present day practices.

(Installation, recycled materials, plants)
As cities are expanding and urbanization, industrialization take place, we reach a point when there is a severe alienation from our natural surroundings. 
Through the installation a personal attachment is sought to be established with the detached natural space and reality.

(Installation, mixed media)
Lifeforms is an experimental work connecting art and biology, framing them as constantly changing overlapping realities.

Community Seed Bank 
(Installation, mixed media – community project)
Farmers and gardening enthusiasts were invited to collaborate and set up a community seed bank in Pune. The organic materials and seeds of various plants highlight the importance of natural farming and attempt to offer a sustainable solution for present day’s ecological and social hardships. The community seed bank is later managed by a local agricultural organization and serves as a platform for seed exchange.


darmasiswa program in indonesia

what did I do, learned and experienced in Indonesia

First semester in ISI Jogja ethnomusicology department was very intense. It was my first time to seriously learn to play music instruments. At first it may look easy to play in gamelan orchestra but for me and for other bule students it became quite big challenge. It took me about four months to find confidence to play the instruments.

To play as a professional it takes long time – at least 5 years. Although we gave three gamelan concerts. Once in a luxury hotel restaurant for a big group of tourists and two other times our group played in ISI Jogja festivals.

Unofficially I took classes from Theatre department. Which was quite a lot of fun. At the end of first semester everyone had to make a solo stage performance. It helped me to overcome from my biggest fear - singing in front of big audience.

I visited many batik galleries in different places. It’s very interesting how different the patterns are depending of the region. In the village where I live I had a good opportunity to try to make my own batik. Twice a week I used to visit my generous neighbours. They offered me their precious time, knowledge and necessary tools for tiring out this unique fabric dyeing technique.

I visited many many beautiful places. Out of 17 000 Indonesian islands i visited Java, Bali, Lombok and two of Gili islands. I saw the most amazing views from different mountains and volcanoes like Bromo, Merapi, Lawu, Rinjani and more. I loved snorkelling in Gili island waters. Surfing in Bali and in Pacitan beaches. Most of all I enjoyed meeting new people. I think Indonesians are one of the most generous people I ever met.

Sometimes I tried to save money and I hitchhiked from one town to another. I find it the best way how to learn bahasa Indonesia (or any other language).

One of my goals was to learn about Islam. I asked my Indonesian friends to explain me as much as they can. Also i found a lot of information from internet. I wanted to know why some quit praying and some after many years return back to god. What Muslims think about other religions. I was curious about their everyday traditions and rituals – solat, funerals, weddings. Why they dress as they do. Why woman (and baby girls) have to wear hijab. When they exactly have to start wearing it. What is Koran all about? Why men can marry more than one woman...so on so on...

Living together with Muslims and learning about their religion made me realize that the image of Muslim people what we use to see from media cannels is very much distorted. This experience was, as they say, opening my eyes.

I find it amazing how tolerant people here are about other religions Muslims, ProtestantsCatholicsHindus, Buddhists and Confucianists - they all exist side by side. Or even better – they mix the religions. There is one of the most crazy example: Roman Catholic Church is mixed with Javanese Hinduism in Ganjuran temple. There you can find Jesus Christ sitting/meditating in Hindu temple what has a cross on the top. Amazing!

Waisak was the most beautiful Buddhist ceremony what took place in Borobodur temple. I have never seen anything like this. After hours of meditation the monks and audience sent up to the sky hundreds and hundreds of burning lanterns. It was so powerful and unique that i will never forget it.

English classes for kids - teacher
River cleaning – cleaner / photographer
Bamboo village constructions - builder
Jogja Heritage Walk – camera operator

All the 12 months that i have been living in Indonesia i have been writing articles for Estonian newspaper blog section (Õhtuleht). Every week they published one or two articles and photos about my experiences here. I have been writing about nature, art, religion, food, people, travelling… basically everything what i see or hear around me.

If i ask and i have to answer then the monolog-dialog would look like this:
- Do i like Indonesia?
- Yes.
- Do i like people here?
- Yes!
- Did i have any negative experience?
- mmm...yes
- Any examples?
- hmm... First I hope i never have to visit any doctors, dentists or tattoo artist in Indonesia again. Second i hope nobody will crab my boob again when I’m driving a motorbike. Third i wish the chefs here would not use so much oil and sugar as they do.
- Would i ever come back?
- Sure, i would love to!

Thank you Darmasiswa team and Indonesian government for giving me this one-year opportunity to study Indonesian culture. It has given me a lot. Besides all that I have learned visually and acoustically about Indonesian culture I grew also as a person.

Special thanks to Mr Bombang and my teachers!


gerilja gardening project(s)

LOCATION: Helsinki
DATE: end of July 2013
NOTES: i know that summer is not the best season for planting seeds but i got this very strong kick start from a wonderful artist Shulea Cheang, whom i met about a week ago at Maaland workshop (hosted by Pixelache). so why not to try it out. she is arrangeing these Seeds Underground Parties all ower the world, where people have an opportunity to exchanged seeds. after the sprouts are planted you have to point out their location on a virtual map.
SEEDS: pumpkin seeds and mung beans

(France) pumpkin seeds what i got from Shulea
day 1
day 3
DAY 5: i'm exited. i found this perfect urban garden near by my office in Suvilahti where i could plant the mung beans sprouts. although the pumpkin seeds need some extra couple of days to start.

day 5
mung bean sprouts are looking happy, healthy and ready to be planted

now...lets wait and see...

DAY 8: the pumpkin seeds made it!

one looks little crippled but what can you do, i'll try to give extra love to it

i hope that at least one of us at the office remembers to water them 

DAY 13: only one of the pumpkins desided to grow

i wonder what the hell was in that soil that it made it grow super fast


LINKS: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5dhdAgLPMUQ - video where Ron says that plants change the people