Register: APR/24/2018, Submit: APR/24/2018, Eligibility: Teams with at least one Estonian, Fee: Free, Awards: 1st Place 2,000 EUR, 2 x 2nd Place 1,000 EUR each
Tallinn Architecture Biennale (TAB) is an architecture festival with a diverse international programme that fosters synergies between architecture and the general public, introduces the local architecture culture, addresses relevant issues in architecture and delves into the future of the field. TAB 2019 will take place in September and October 2019, with the opening week in September. Throughout the previous four biennales, the core of TAB has been the curatorial exhibition, symposium, and the Tallinn Vision Competition. The best examples from previous years are moments when the curatorial exhibition and the symposium complemented each other and interwove into an integral whole. The target groups for the main events are somewhat different, making it possible to expand the curator’s idea both in society as well as for a narrow group of professionals. The aim of the TAB 2019 curatorial competition is to find the best theme and team for organizing the fifth biennale.
The general goals of the Tallinn Architecture Biennale are:
- popularising quality built environments
- the internationalisation of Estonian architecture
- offering an international platform for architecture
- creating new value and vision in architecture
The task of the curator is to set up an innovative and responsive theme related to the context of Estonia and relevant in the contemporary world of architecture. It is important that the chosen subject has the potential to cross the international news threshold and raise interest in a wider cultural audience. The underlying topics should address issues that may become trending in the field of architecture. The main theme must be centred around architecture and/or urban planning.
In addition to setting the theme, the tasks of the main curator include curating three events that form the core of TAB:
1. Curating the curatorial exhibition. At the curatorial exhibition, at least half of the exhibits must be produced specifically for TAB 2019. At least one-third of the participants must be local architects practicing in Estonia. The curatorial exhibition takes place in the large hall at the Estonian Museum of Architecture.
2. Curating a two-day architectural symposium with presentations by architects invited to the curatorial exhibition. The symposium unpacks the background to the original productions presented at the curatorial exhibition with the aim of linking different events into an integral whole and introducing the curatorial theme to a wider audience. At least one-third of the symposium presenters must be local. The symposium takes place at the Creative Hub.
3. Curating the Tallinn Vision Competition in collaboration with the Tallinn City Planning Department and curating the exhibition of the selected works. The location of the exhibition will be confirmed at a later date.
In addition, the curator(s) will have to compile a catalogue accompanying the events of TAB, which will be completed by the opening week of TAB and will be a guide for visitors to the biennale to understand the events taking place throughout TAB. The function of the catalogue is to provide an overview of the TAB events and locations. If the curatorial team does not include a professional editor, a competent editor must be involved in the preparation of the catalogue.
The curator’s fee for the described competition tasks is estimated at 23,000 EUR.