100th birthday in Estonia

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A unique Estonia 100 and EU Presidency international programme will reach more than 30 countries in 2017 and 2018. Take a look at the programme which combines the best parts of Estonian culture, science, IT and enterprises.
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Vienna welcomes augmented reality street artist Edward von Lõngus with police cars

Vienna welcomes augmented reality street artist Edward von Lõngus with police cars

Mysterious street artist Edward von Lõngus landed in Vienna, bringing his augmented reality artworks here as part of the (R)estart Reality tour to celebrate the 100th birthday of his home country, Estonia. Three police patrols took an active interest in the artist´s work while he was out in the city working during the night – leaving with pockets packed with augmented reality stickers and recommending the artist to keep up the good work.

Edward von Lõngus (EvL) visited Vienna as part of Calle Libre, an international festival of street art and urban aesthetics annually held in the capital city of Austria. (R)estart Reality perfectly fits the aims of the festival to encourage dialogue and exchange of ideas focused around urban art. It´s a novel concept of public space art that bridges past and the present through creative technologies. Inspired by Estonia´s past, von Lõngus’ s artworks depict quirky century-old characters that travel through time and come to life through augmented reality, under the curious gaze of passers-by.

 “We think EvL’s work brings an interactive perspective into the production and perception of street art. We’re particularly impressed by his integration of technology and new media, which opens a forward-looking perspective into street art. With his multilayered stencils, he pops out from traditional stencils and throw-ups, while integrating them as the perfect backdrop to Vienna’s districts. We particularly appreciate the historical relevance of his figures is especially relatable.” comments Marina Bartoletti, one of the organisers of Calle Libre.

The augmented reality artworks can be seen Felberstrasse 110, Amonstiege and Museumsquartier, Breite Gasse 4 in Vienna. EvL also made new works specially for Vienna. A new work named “Laundry Day”, for example, is located at Arne-Carlsson-Park. The stencil work is placed on a wall filled with graffiti and paste-ups and it is up to the viewer to figure out whether the work is an invitation to clean up the walls or a form of dialogue with the local artists, or carries some other meaning.

Local street artist Chinagirl Tile says: “EvL´s work brings diversity to our city. The Austrian street art and graffiti scene is not very big and lately I have been missing artworks on the streets that are political or have messages. EvL brings a much needed fresh input into the city and opens up a new dialogue within the scene.”

(R)estart Reality is an innovative art project implemented by Estonian contemporary art platform NOAR.eu as part of the Estonia 100 international programme. Download the augmented reality app at www.RestartReality.org/app or directly from AppStore or Google Play and try it out – the app also works on photos!

In 2018, Estonia celebrates its 100th birthday

Estonia wishes to share its birthday with you in Estonia and abroad. The programme includes best parts of Estonian culture, IT, science and enterprises.

Celebrations will kick off in April 2017 to mark a century since Estonia’s administrative borders took their current form, will continue throughout 2018 and 2019, and come to a grand close on the 2nd February 2020 when the 100th anniversary of the Tartu Peace Treaty will be honoured.

This is a celebration we can all take part in and it is up to us to make it memorable.

Estonia will be also holding the presidency of the EU Council in the second half of 2017. Approximately 20 high-level meetings, visits, conferences and 200+ other presidency-related events will take place in Estonia during this period.