TALLINN AS A BIRD
TWO LETTERS FROM VINCENT VAN GOGH TO HIS BROTHER
TO SING TILL DIE
PERFORMATIVITY OF GARDENING
CROSS-OVER ARCHITECTURE AND THE THIRD GENERATION CITY
HARRY PYE'S POSTCARD FROM SAO PAULO
It is the eve of fall, I am sitting in our summer cottage in Võsu reading a book about shamans. The wind is rising outside. Potatoes are growing efficiently, plums are taking their time. Suddenly, I notice an old lady in the garden. I go to the door. The lady is picking apples, with a miniature dog on the leash. Our eyes meet and to my inquiring glance she starts to apologize, that there are only pine trees in her garden and that she comes here often. Oh well, those modern old ladies! If only people thought of asking, they would simply receive and everything would be easier.
What shall we find in Epifanio No 9? Mehis Heinsaar has translated and commented on the two letters of Vincent van Gogh to his brother Theo. He compares Vincent’s character with Jesus. In addition to van Gogh’ s paintings, his thoughts about life and art are still as valid. In 2010, there will be an exhibition of his numerous letters to his brother and other congenial minds in the Royal Academy of Arts in London, accompanied by a book “The Complete Correspondence of van Gogh”.
I asked Lauri Sommer to write about music – he decided to do an essay on the roots of Estonian music, on folksongs. He suggests that the potential successors of traditional music could well be today’s essential rap-singers. One of the latter, Okym Riim presents a decade of his texts in current Epifanio.
We also have a nature topic. Veljo Runnel listens in to his phonoteque that comprises mainly his own recordings of the sounds of nature. An Irish artist Aoife Desmond talks about plants as her greatest source of inspiration for art creation. Vilen Künnapu sketches and notes the resemblance of Tallinn to a bird. Marco Casagrande studies the three eras of Taipei and his own environmentally sensitive installations. Kristi Pääsuke conveys her vision and experience of how to remain a spiritual being in everyday life. I found an appropriate response in Osho’ s book “Freedom, Love, Aloneness”:
“The only sin is to forget oneself. And to recognize oneself, in complete beauty, is the only virtue, the only religion. You need not be a Hindu or a Moslem, nor a Christian – everything you need to be religious, is to be yourself.”
August Künnapu / editor
August Künnapu peeping into a sweat lodge. Native American Camp 2008 at Juminda village, Estonia. Photo: Aive Mets