Thomson & Craighead
Tallinn Wall, 2011Performance / Installation
Tallinn Wall is a physical manifestation of the invisible city all around us, a poetic snapshot of social networking traffic from within a ten kilometer radius of the Kumu Art Museum in Tallinn. The artists Jon Thomson & Alison Craighead manually manufacture a collision between electronic public space and the physical public space of the museum.
In a performance that will last a couple of days, the artists collect and select publicly available status updates from popular websites like Twitter and Facebook. These will then be published as a vast array of standard sized posters and pasted onto a wall in the museum’s foyer, revealing the idle mutterings of ourselves to ourselves as a form of concrete poetry.
Thomson & Craighead work with live digital information, which they manipulate and transfer from its virtual form into a physical manifestation. Tallinn Wall represents a kind of data landscape that is usually not seen outside the digital realm. The artists’ goal is to investigate the interaction of electronic communication and physical space. The installation reflects the live online chats that take place during a certain period of time within a specific geographical space and illuminates the diverse cultural backgrounds of Tallinn’s inhabitants.
Thomson and Craighead in Tallinn, May 2011 | photo: Verena Hütter
London Wall, Museum of London, 2010, construction