Sten Saarits (b. 1987) is an Estonian sound and installation artist. His work revolves around non-material propositions that in relation to the present viewers can bring perceivable phenomenon into existence. He uses field recordings and voice overs to construct soundscapes in order to produce what can be referred to as sound sculptures. The works stand very transparent and in very uncommon ways try to convince the audience of new physical phenomena appearing in a space.

He investigates how and why we interact with our surroundings the way we do - and how alterations in the chain of events can produce unexpected reactions.

 

Sten is currently studying his masters in New Media Arts at the Estonian Academy of Arts. Previously he has studied installation and sculpture at the Estonian Academy of Arts and sound art, performance and filmmaking at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. Sten has won two Young Sculptor Prizes hosted by the Academy in consecutive years, among which he won the grand prix award for his piece “The Light Drop” in 2013. He has also been granted the Eduard Wiiralt scholarship in 2014.  Over the course of past years he has exhibited his work and been involved with group projects in Estonia, Austria, Sweden, Denmark, France, the Netherlands and Lithuania.

 

CV

 

 

EDUCATION

 

2016 +           Estonian Academy of Arts / New Media Arts MA

2011 - 2015   Estonian Academy of Arts / Installation and Sculpture BA

2013 - 2014  Academy of Fine Arts Vienna / Expanded Pictorial Space Action / Kunst mit erweiterter malerischer
                       Raum-Aktion, Skulptur, Installation im öffentlichen Raum / Erasmus exchange studies

 

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

 

2016 - Spotlights / V Artishok Biennale (Theatre NO99, Tallinn)
2015 - Stuff (Hobusepea Gallery, Tallinn)

2015 - My Eyes Are Going Crazy, I Am Trying To See Something But There's Nothing Here (with Erika Stöckel (SE))

(Haapsalu City Gallery, Estonia)

2014 - Phototactic Night Life (Trailer Gallery, Umeå, Sweden)

 

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS


2017 - 5x4 - Participatory sound installation (City Festival UIT 2017, Maarja church, Tartu)
2016 - SSSSIV (Supersonicum, Viljandi, Estonia)

2016 - Terra Incognita: Familiar Infinity (KUMU / Art Museum of Estonia, Tallinn)
2015 - TL;DR (Art Hall Gallery / Kunstihoone galerii, Tallinn)

2015 - SSSSIII (with Sven Sosnitski) (Estonian Academy of Arts Gallery, Tallinn)

2015 - Tase '15 / Master diploma works' exhibition (Estonian Academy of Arts, Tallinn)

2014 - Open(ed) Borders / Ava(tud) piirid (Estonian Academy of Arts Gallery, Tallinn)

2014 - The Homunculus Collection (Hobusepea Gallery, Tallinn)

2014 - Solipsism - No More (ISFAG, Tallinn)

2014 - Ladyland Biennale 2014 at Galerie Schloss Damtschach (Kärnter, Austria)

2014 - Side Effects II (Grenoble Ancient Museum and Library building, France)

2014 - Academy Season Finale / Rundgang (Semper Depot, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, Austria)

2013 - Bite Vilnius (Sv.Jono Str. Gallery / Vilnius, Lithuania)

2013 - Young Sculptor´s Prize Show „Dimensions Variable” / Noore Skulptori preemianäitus „Erinevad suurused“
(Grand Prix winner) (Vaal Gallery, Tallinn)

2013 - Global Container XXVI (Polymer Culture Factory, Tallinn)

2012 - cUMULATION / kUMULATSIOON (KUMU / Art Museum of Estonia, Tallinn)

2012 - New Objecthood / Uutmoodi asjastamatus (Tartu Art House / Tartu kunstimaja, Tartu)

2012 - Re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-re-reinventing
(with Anna-Liisa Rajamart, Nora Särak, Aili-maarja Mäeniit, Ricardo Basbaum / Raja Gallery, Tallinn)

2012 - Young Sculptor´s Prize Show / Noore Skulptori preemianäitus (Raja Gallery, Tallinn)

2012 - Sculptones / Skulptoonid (Georg Ots named musical school, Tallinn)

2012 - Perfect Forest / Perfektne mets (EKKM, Tallinn)

2012 - Host Guest Ghost #4 (Dansens Hus, Copenhagen, Denmark)

 

 

AWARDS AND GRANTS

 

2014 Eduard Wiiralt scholarship / Estonian Ministry of Culture

2013 Young Sculptor Prize / Estonian Academy of Arts Department for Installation and Sculpture

2012 Young Sculptor Prize / Estonian Academy of Arts Department for Installation and Sculpture

 

 

INTERNSHIP

 

2016 Production Assistant for "Michael Portnoy: Relational Stalinism – The Musical" at the Witte de With, Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam.

 

 

WORKSHOPS

 

2017 The Singing Body - Iceland Academy of the Arts / Nordplus/DAMA workshop (Melkorka Sigríður, Rúnar Hlöðversson)
2013 TOFONORCH Performance Training - Malmö Art Academy / KUNO Express Course (Michael Portnoy, Ieva Miseviciute)

2013 Nordic Baltic Art School in Venice / KUNO Summer School

2013 Electric Protesters - Gallery Školska 28, Prague, Czech Republic (Stefanie Wuschitz)

2013 Over the Fence Finse – A spatial laboratory in the snow - Bergen Academy of Art and Design / KUNO Express Course

2013 Time Machines - Estonian Academy of Arts (Jacob Jessen)

2012 Social Intervention - Estonian Academy of Arts / KUNO Express Course (Ólafur Gíslason)

2012 Art Lab - Danish Royal Academy of Fine Arts / KUNO Express Course (Ricardo Basbaum)

2012 SPATIUM. Danish Contemporary Art / KUMU (Marie Kølbæk Iversen)

 

 

RESIDENCIES
2017 MoKS Residency (Mooste, Estonia)

2017 MIMstuudio (Tallinn, Estonia)

 

 

TEACHING

2017 Estonian Academy of Arts