Founded in January 2001 to develop local and international cooperation in the fields of arts and environmental research in the rural context of post-soviet Estonia. Following the bankruptcy of the collective farms and failure of early capital ventures, high unemployment and marginal social conditions characterize the conditions of rural Estonia. The MOKS residency studio is located in the partially renovated space of the Mooste manor governor house (Mooste village locates 40km southeast of Tartu and 20km west of the Russian border) Apart from managing the international artists in residence program, organizations activities range from arranging of different events such as international contemporary arts symposiums to the beginners and practicing artists workshops for digital media. With its broad scope and focused environment, MOKS is the first and still the only program of its kind in Estonia.
Former use : governor house of the Mooste mansion
Total surface of the site : (indoors renovated 160 m2, conserved, future plans for reconstruction, can be used as a studios in summer period 300 m2)
Location : rural
Foundation year of the centre : 2001
Type of occupation : others
Owner of the building : Estonian Ministry of Agriculture
Infrastructures / Facilities
Artists- in- residence space 70m2 (studio+ sleeping room). Residencies from early March through November. Residency periods can be arranged from 1 to 6 months.
Internet (wireless and wired)
Medialab (PC with digital video and audio editing capabilities, VCR, mini DV camera, TV, etc). The project is based on an approach of combining artistic and cultural development with current computer and communications technologies.
Gallery (Gallery Korrodoro)
All the rooms have wood stove heating, electrical heaters can be added.
Village has 2 small shops, chemist, ambulance, library, sauna, primary school, post office, regular bus connection to the Estonian second biggest town Tartu (40km)
Social and artistic disciplines
• Visual arts (painting, graphics...)
• Sound and video art
• Paper art
• Miscellaneous: performance, body art, installation,...
Activities hold in the centre:
• Festivals (the annual PostsovkhoZ Festival summer event...)
• Open studio days
Organization holds the following projects around Estonian cultural institutions and open spaces:
EAS Regionaalarengu Agentuuri
KOHALIKU OMAALGATUSE PROGRAMM
KAASAEGSE KUNSTI EESTI KESKUS
EESTI VABARIIGI KULTUURI-MINISTEERIUM