Taavi Suisalu


Taavi Suisalu (EE)
Born in 1982 in Tallinn, Taavi Suisalu is working in the contexts of technology, sound and performance, mixing traditional and contemporary sensibilities and activating peripheral spaces for imaginative encounters. His practice is informed by phenomena of contemporary society and its relations to and use of technologies. He applies subjective research methods to study socio-cultural phenomena, being interested in the behaviour, perception and thinking of social beings. Taavi Suisalu has been exhibiting and performing since 2005, predominantly in Estonia, but also in the UK, Germany, Finland, Iceland, Switzerland, Russia, Belgium and the Baltic States. In 2014, he received the Young Estonian Artist Prize for curating a distributed exhibition throughout non-existent villages of Southern Estonia. In 2017, his work “Distant Self-Portrait” was awarded 2nd prize at the Riga Photography Biennial Awards. He currently lives and workes in Tallinn.  
Subocean botlights

It is well known that most of intercontinental communication relies heavily on the submarine fiber optic cables (in fact around 99%). This network of cables carries threads of light as thin as tenth of a human hair while being as existential to technological societies as the sun is for the plants. Figuratively speaking, we are hanging on by a thread while the artifical sun rays plunge through the oceans and light up our faces via bright screens. Whilst the sun here is a metaphore, it is also partly factual, as solar power and fossil fuels power substantial part of ‘the cloud’, the invisible infrastructure that lays foundation to the global village. The proposed project lures threads of light from differents parts of the world to a ‘remote’ location well connected by submarine fiber optic cables. This light, once passed the floors of oceans, triggers, and therefore is transformed, into growth lights that shine onto the plants in the exhibition space. 
The remote location is Hawaii because it exemplifies beautifully the concept by being located around 3500 km from the nearest landmass but at the same time being very well connected via submarine fiber optic cables. One could say the horizon is the first separation between physical and virtual and also day and night, conscious and subconscious. But in this Hawaii I imagine, the sun never sets as it has moved completely underground, triggered by procedural artificial intelligence with no conscious on its own. The work invites to consider horizons, artificial intelligence and the resurgence of automation and its role in the overwhelmingly connected and technological societies and its possible relationships with humans/nature.
The work also becomes interactive as the bate is accessible by visitors via their own devices.