43 m. Amerikietis, gimęs Čikagoje. Visą laiką gyvenęs Amerikos vakarų pakrantėje, įgijęs meno bakalaurą ir 7 m. JAV dirbęs meno mokytoju, 2008 m. persikėlė į Estiją ir tapo meno dėstytoju Estijos menų Akademijoje. Užsiėmimai: tapymas, piešimas, juostinė ir skaitmeninė fotografija, vaizdo instaliacijos. Taip pat dirba su keramika, medžiu ir metalu. Šis „Art-o-thlon‘o“ dalyvis neišskiria nė vieno iš menų – visi jam patinka vienodai. Beje, Eero lengvai galime pavadinti stebėtoju: jis filmavo ir fotografavo visus susitikimus su kūrybine grupe. Dalyvio anketoje Eero rašo, kad jam patinka stebėti, kaip kuriamas menininkų įvaizdis televizijoje. Eero – vienas nedaugelio menininkų, kuriems patinka varžytis dėl pripažinimo su kolegomis. Varžytuvių rezultatai jam netrukdo toliau bendrauti. Eero apie save yra sakęs, jog yra teisingas, sąžiningas ir net mielai dalinasi informacija su konkurentais. Jis moka išsisukti iš gyvenimo pateiktų nemalonių situacijų ir kaip rašo anketoje, išsprendžia bet kokias problemas. Kodėl Eero ryžosi dalyvauti menininkų realybės šou? „Nes jame pilna dramos, skandalo ir grožio“ Eero sako, kad nors jis pagal metus jau yra pagyvenęs (mums taip neatrodo), jaučiasi jaunas karjeroje ir pvz. visą naktį prašokęs, jis ramiausiai gali nueiti į studiją ir produktyviai kurti, o po to dėstyti paskaitas studentams. Sveikata nesiskundžia, yra vegetaras, o menų čempionato kūrėjų prašo jį vadinti Eero. Beje, Eero Lietuvoje liūdi, nes Estijoje liko dvi jo mylimos… katės.
Eero, 43. American, born in Chicago. Having lived all the time on the US West Coast, got his Bachelors Degree in Arts and worked as an art instructor in the US for 7 years, he moved to Estonia in 2008 and became an art instructor at Estonian Academy of Arts. He does painting, drawing, film and digital photography, video installations. He also does ceramics, wood and metal. This Art-o-thlon participant has no preferences in arts, he likes them all. By the way, Eero may be easily referred to as an observer: he filmed and took photos of all the meetings with the creative project team. In his Participant’s Form Eero writes he likes watching how TV develops artist images. Eero is one of a few artists who like competing with colleagues for recognition. Competition results are no communication barrier to him. Eero once described himself as honest, fair and even easy to share information with his competitors. He knows how to get away when faced with uncomfortable life situations and, as written in his Form, finds solutions to any problems. Why did Eero decide to take part in the artists reality show? Because it is full of drama, scandal and beauty. Eero says that though in terms of age-wise he is mid-aged (we do not think so) he feels to be young in terms of career and, for instance, having danced overnight he may easily go to a studio to create productively and instruct students afterwards. He is a vegetarian in good health and asks the creative team of the Championship of Arts to be referred to as Eero. By the way, Eero feels sad in Lithuania as he is missing his two… cats in Estonia.
Virtual performance is a term launched by an international artist-collective studying in Estonian Academy of Arts to describe their groundbreaking experiments in the field of performance art. The group’s objective is to examine and develop the means and spaces in which more physically tied performance art could intersect with the virtual world.
Virtual is usually understood as a simulation of reality. A common way to do a virtual or digital performance contains an artist’s real-time online-action and audience’s participation, both helped by technological interface. Online performance, however, often lacks artist’s physical participation – the basis of traditional performance art. Thus, the artist-collective decided to turn the whole situation upside down ending up with an interesting mind play: what if, for once, the starting point would be to turn the digital into analogue? To put it a bit differently: how could the virtual be simulated in the physical world? What resulted was a fascinating chain of processes where a physical exploration of the virtual became settled upon this Internet-site which once again turns the performances into virtual.
So far the most prominent performance of the artist-collective took place in public space in the heart of Tallinn in the spring of 2009. The Coffee In -cafeteria located in the main bus station of the city provided a space for the performance. As a central meeting point and lively passage of daily traffic the location enabled the group to reach different audiences. A play between two realities – the physical and virtual one – was carried out by setting up a computer screen on the cafeteria’s window. Different icons marked different performances which could be selected by the audience themselves. If in common language virtual tends to be used in reference to things that mimic their real equivalents, the performance in question turned this composition the other way around: a glass window imitated the computer screen, an arrow-shaped piece of cardboard mimicked the cursor and the wavelike movements of the performers served as a screensaver. A variety of online activity from Internet-game to Facebook and online-dating were offered in the form of site-specific and time-bound performances involving both the artists’ and audiences’ physical appearance.