In 2017, the 7th Tallinn Applied Art Triennial „Ajavahe. Time Difference“ invited audiences to reflect on the concept of time. While Greek mythology used to depict time as the wise old man with a grey beard known as Chronos, the contemporary personification of him seems to be a younger scatter-brained individual who is rather nervous and constantly rushing about. Both slowness (falling behind) and speed (extreme superficiality) have acquired equally negative connotations. At the same time, the sense of time is subjective. The pace of passing of time is not inevitable – its tempo and meaning are determined by our own choices and value systems.
At the main exhibition of the 7th Tallinn Applied Art Triennial applied artists and designers were working with different concepts of time through material artifacts. Alongside jewellery, glass, textile, blacksmithing, ceramics and traditional smaller formats, video and large-scale installations were featured as well. The main exhibition, took place in the Estonian Applied Art and Design Museum, displayed 49 works by artists from 19 countries. These works were chosen out of 256 submissions by an international jury. The jury also awarded three prizes to works exhibited at the main exhibition.
In addition to the main exhibition the triennial had a substantial satellite programme, featuring numerous solo and group exhibitions. A seminar discussing mediation in applied art took place and audiences were invited to take part in artist talks and guided tours. The catalogue covering the Triennial’s main exhibition and all the other events of the Triennial was published.
Organisers: Merle Kasonen, Anu Almik, Katre Ratassepp, Keiu Krikmann, Linda al-Assi, Kertu Tuberg, Maarja Niinemägi, Ketli Tiitsar, Kristiina Nurk, Kateriin Rikken, Maret Sarapu, Kadi Pajupuu, Triin Jerlei