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MxTAB2019 – Aivar Tõnso

Aivar Tõnso is a musician, sound artist and curator of cross-cultural events. As a musician, Aivar Tõnso is known primarily as a creator of electronic music through projects such as Hypnosaurus, Kulgurid and Kismabande, and as a curator of cultural events, his most prominent projects include festival Hea Uus Heli and recordlabel Ulmeplaadid. Currently he is focusing on organizing Üle Heli festival, which links music and sound art with other fields of art. In the creative sphere, Aivar has recently become more and more interested in site specific multichannel soundinstallations.

For Musicity x TAB 2019, Aivar created a piece in response to the spaces of the Põhjala Factory.

Here, he shares his insights:

The Kopli Peninsula was once the main recreational area for the inhabitants of Tallinn, but since the end of the Czarist era it has been subjected to industrial interests. When the first Estonian Republic succeeded in making the region livelier again, the Soviet era set it back. Now the potential of the region has been rediscovered and is rapidly becoming more human friendly.

The Põhjala factory symbolizes all these changes. After the collapse of the large-scale naval industry, the factory premises were given new content, which succeeded, but it was backfired during the Soviet era. The factory premises now face a similar challenge. Although the future looks bright and there is more interest in Kopli, it is still a land of many opportunities. I have always been fascinated by situations where it is possible to be in the middle of nowhere. Even if it is just an illusion, it gives the environment a sense of sensitivity that allows for dialogue and creative intervention and interpretation. In a way, it would be good to keep it that way, but since things are constantly changing, it is not conceivable and something will get in the way. But in this whole process, the moment of the turn is important. The fading process is complete and the new reorganization has not yet reached new frames.


Photo credit: Maria Aua

Põhjala Factory’ by Aivar Tõnso releases September 14 as part of Tallinn Architecture Biennale.

To listen to ‘Põhjala Factory’, open the Musicity x TAB 2019 Web App and go to the Põhjala Factory (Ankru 8)!

Musicity x TAB 2019 is commissioned by Tallinn Architecture Biennale - Satellite Programme,the Estonian Ministry of Culture, Eesti Arhitektuurikeskus, EFTEN Capital, Arsenal Keskus, Põhjala tehas and Noblessneri sadamalinnak.

With thanks to: all our Musicity artists, Kirke Päss (curator of TAB 2019 Satellite Programme), TAB2019, Rainer Lillo Music Van and Balbiino.