SKATKA (Rainar Aasrand y Mikk Madison | Official Office

State of a Cloud
by SKATKA (Rainar Aasrand and Mikk Madison (Estonia)
Selected by Konstanet for Official Office

State of Cloud is ...
... a state that regained independence in 1991 as the Soviet Union was collapsing
... a state that now brands itself as an e-country
... a state of e-elections, mobile parking & ID cards
... a state with free flowing wi-fi everywhere
... a state hosting the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Exellence
... a state with a secret IT army of guys with ponytails
... a state in which everyone tells the mythical stories of how Skype was invented there
... a state in which a Minister resigns because of his Facebook status
... a state whose President addresses a nation and then takes another selfie
... a state whose President @IlvesToomas has a Twitter feud with the economist Paul Krugman, which then gets written into an opera
... a state whose President @IlvesToomas angrily takes on the Guardian after they feature Estonia in their New East segment exploring the former Eastern Europe
... a state in which the events of 1991 – the Singing Revolution – are considered one of the pillars of Estonian national identity
... a state whose people pride themselves in being a ‘singing nation’
... a state in which the local version of Your Face Sounds Familiar attracts over 300 000 viewers (around a quarter of the country’s population) and features blackface and local celebrities in drag
... a state in which little over a half of the population was against recognising gender neutral cohabitation, which would also recognise same sex unions
... a state in which Estonian emigrés were only recently labelled ‘refugees of comfort’ by a former Minister of Education and Culture
... a state like any other state
... a state like any other state of mind
... a state like any other state of cloud

Konstanet is a non-profit gallery founded in July 2013. Konstanet is made up of two spaces – the online space at konstanet.com and a scaled (1:5) physical space located in the centre of Tallinn, Estonia. Konstanet focuses mainly on international collaborations with young emerging artists interested in exploring the possibilities of exhibiting their work online, merging the online and offline realm

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