This book is a companion to the exhibition “Out of Sync. Looking Back at the History of Sound Art” at the Kumu Art Museum (27.09.2013–12.01.2014). “Out of Sync” deals primarily with developments in Estonian sound art from the 1960s to the present day. Before the 1990s, we can speak only of practices related to sound, since the term “sound art” was not widely adopted until the 1990s. The history of Estonian sound art is sporadic in nature and lacks a consistent discourse. However, it can be examined against the general developments in sound art, based on the individual experiments and works that have survived. We can speak of contemporary Estonian sound art from the late 1990s and the beginning of Kiwa’s and Raul Keller’s activities. The book includes six articles: curator texts by Rahne Nukk and Kati Ilves on both the retrospective and contemporary parts of the exhibition; Kiwa’s survey of Soviet sound culture; an article by Teddy Hultberg, a Swedish professor of literature, on Ilmar Laaban’s text/sound poetry; Sven Vabar’s description of the historical background of radio culture through the prism of his childhood reminiscences; and Kaur Garshnek and Katrin Parbus’s article on the experimental spirit of technology.
Edited by Ragne Nukk and Kati Ilves
Texts by Ragne Nukk, Kati Ilves, Kiwa, Sven Vabar, Teodor Hultberg, Kaur Garshnek and Katrin Parbus
Designed by Kaarel Nõmmik, Priit Pärle and Janar Siniloo
In Estonian and English, illustrated
Published by the Art Museum of Estonia – Kumu Art Museum
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