Tallinn Botanic Garden


Biotoopia’22 Art and Music Performances

Biotoopia’22 Art and Music Performances

Date: 18.08.2022 at 17:00 – 21.00

Location: Viinistu Art Harbour & Purekkari Cape ( https://tinyurl.com/biotoopia-art-music)

The event is in English and for free.

There are a number of art, music, discussions, and nature events in the reorganized Biotoopia’22 programme curated by Peeter Laurits. On the special day of art and performance, you will be transported through a road trip of celebration and mourning of the glaciers with Jaanika Peerna, and immersed in the unheard sounds of different life forms and natural ecosystems playing together in musical concerts by David Rothenberg, Vaim Sarv, Taavi Varm & Nuno Correia.


Viinistu Art Harbour (sea chapel)

17.00 – 17.15 Biotoopia’22 introduction by curator Peeter Laurits

17.15- 18.00 Jaanika Peerna‘s performance “Glacier Elegy Viinistu”

Purekkari Cape (near to RMK parking lot, coordinates https://tinyurl.com/biotoopia-art-music)

18:45-18:55 Gathering – the audience will be guided by Peeter Laurits

19.00- 19.30 Vaim Sarv “Land Service #29”

19.30 – 20.00 Taavi Varm & Nuno Correia “Dream with us”

20.00 – 21.00 David Rothenberg‘s concert “The Secret Sounds of Ponds”


All events are in the open air – please choose your clothing wisely! We recommend to wear rubber boots as some spots can be rather wet. During the events the performer and the audience are open to constantly changing weather and living environment. As such the experience of the events can also change accordingly. We recommend to tune yourself during these performances moreover as being in the body of a curious beetle sitting on a leaf nearby – open to the elements, attentive to the environment and still enjoying the constant pulse of biosphere.


Glacier Elegy Viinistu is Jaanika Peerna’s latest rendition of her ongoing exhibition and performance series dedicated to both mourning and celebrating glaciers and natural ice. 

With her meticulous process of drawing on, cutting and sculpting thin plastic paper, Peerna transforms the material into a vast landscape of water and ice which will cover the floor of Viinistu “chapel”, overlooking the Baltic sea. 

For her performance, Peerna will invite both two dancers and the audience members to join her in transforming the flexible installation and through this process together ponder on life in silent yet piercing ways. 

Everything is connected. A tiny movement can ripple to change the rest of the whole. Everything is in flux, forever changing. As long as it is alive. 

Can we act together  – to govern, care, notice?  Which movements of ours are changing the wholeness, which ones consider it? 

Dancers: Eva Liisa Metspalu and  Eveli Ojasaar 

Read more about Jaanika here.


Vaim Sarv “Land Service #29”

Vaim Sarv is an Estonian folk musician and experimental vocalist. She combines pagan oral tradition with live, portable electronics and extended vocal technique. His practice centers deep relationships to ritual spaces with unconventional acoustics and queer senses of place.


“Dream with us”

In this dream, we form a symbiotic organism that carefully extracts delicate vibrations, sound textures, and natural patterns, shaping them into an audible landscape, like an invisible layer reaching beyond the horizon. When you let go of reality and imagine yourself merging with the texture that grows like moss on the rocks, you are dreaming with us.

Taavi Varm is a new media artist and researcher interested in combining spatial design, audio-video design and new technologies with interactive behavioral design. In recent years his work has focused on mental health, depression and anxiety. He is also part of the electronic music duo VMH+MIISUTRON together with Ville MJ Hyvönen.

Nuno Correia is an audiovisual artist whose work has been presented in more than 20 countries, in such festivals and venues as Electro-Mechanica (St. Petersburg), FILE (São Paulo), ISEA (Istanbul), Le Cube (Paris), Mapping (Geneva), NAME (Lille), Optronica / British Film Institute (London), PixelAche / Kiasma (Helsinki) and SXSW (Austin). 


David Rothenberg makes music live with the sounds of nature, records music with other species, and writes books and makes films about the process. He has performed and recorded with Pauline Oliveros, Peter Gabriel, Ray Phiri, Suzanne Vega, Scanner, Elliot Sharp, Umru, Iva Bittová, and the Karnataka College of Percussion.  His CD, One Dark Night I Left My Silent House, a duet with pianist Marilyn Crispell, on ECM, was called “une petite miracle” by Le Monde and named by The Village Voice one of the ten best CDs of 2010. Rothenberg has more than thirty other recordings on numerous labels including Gruenrekorder, Clermont, and Oslo Sessions Recordings. His latest releases include In the Wake of Memories, with Berlin percussionist Volker Lankow and Syrian refugee oud master Wassim Mukdad, and They Say Humans Exist, with guitarist Jacob Young and percussionist Sidiki Camara, named best jazz album of 2020 by Stereo+ Magazine.

Read more about David here.

The event is organised by Estonian Anthropocene Center NPO and supported by the Estonian Cultural Endowment and Civil Society Foundation.

Keep an eye on our Facebook event page for any last minute updates.

For additional info please write: info@biotoopia.ee