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Group exhibition „Crawl out Through the Fallout”

Tomorrow, on 28 October at 18.00 EKKM opens a new group exhibition, Crawl out Through the Fallout, curated by Marco Laimre.

The thematic exhibition Crawl out Through the Fallout features five artists Camille Laurelli, Keiu Maasik, Marco Laimre, Martin Buschmann and Reimo Võsa-Tangsoo, who reflect on the experience of playing dystopian digital games in the context of a contemporary art exhibition.

The five artists are also active gamers and use a variety of media in their works, such as video, installation, photography and sound to conceptually analyse the phenomena of virtual/digital gaming, offering abstract and discursive communication between the two worlds of the “game” and “real life”.

The curator is interested in the question of the real in connection to digital gaming. At the core of the exhibition stand the expressions of the relationships between realism and reality and the protagonist and the player as well as the presence of imaginary material. As such, the exhibition looks at the ever-present questions of experiencing the real: who plays, where and how and what happens to reality during gaming.

For the exhibition, artist Martin Buschmann was commissioned to photograph different settings in the online game Fallout 76. Camille Laurelli presents an installation based on a game he created. In her documentary video Keiu Maasik interviews a female gamer, touching upon the question of gender equality in the field of professional digital gaming. Reimo Võsa-Tangsoo's installation makes visible the sense of time in the game Fallout 4. Marco Laimre's video looks at the life of Nina, the protagonist in Fallout 76 and his installations Nothing is Real analyses the relationship between the real and the imaginary.

The exhibition is part of Marco Laimre's creative research for his PhD thesis Dystopian Digital Games and Contemporary Art. How to use Analytical Digital Gaming in Contemporary Art.

Crawl out Through the Fallout is the title of a track on Sheldon Allmann's 1960 compilation album Folk Songs for the 21st Century People, also part of the Diamond City Radio playlist in Fallout 4.

Public programme:

Throughout the exhibition, EKKM provides guided tours in Estonian, Russian, English and Ukrainian. As part of the exhibition, EKKM will host discussions on every other Thursday (3.11, 17.11, 1.12, 15.12) at 18.00 on the following topics:

Digital Games and Art

Digital Games and Sound

Digital Games and Addiction

Digital Games and Photography

The exhibition is open until 18 December 2022.

The exhibition is supported by the Cultural Endowment of Estonia, the Ministry of Culture on Estonia, the Culture and Sports Department of Tallinn, Akzo Nobel, Alas-Kuul AS, Arvutitark OÜ.

Foto: Marco Laimre. Untitled (Fallout 76)

Additional information:

Contemporary Art Museum of Estonia

Kursi 5, Tallinn


Tue–Sun 12.00–19.00


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