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Valeria Graziano: Help for the Stoker of the Central Heating Boiler
25-28 Nov, Contemporary Art Museum of Estonia (EKKM), Tallin

Valeria Graziano: Help for the Stoker of the Central Heating Boiler

Valeria Graziano (ADRI Research Fellow) is an invited guest of  Help for the Stoker of the Central Heating Boiler, by artist Kirill Tulin. She will be in residence at EKKM from 25th to 28th Novemebr 2017.

Help for the Stoker of the Central Heating Boiler unfolds at the end of fall when the Contemporary Art Museum of Estonia (EKKM) would habitually be on its way to a thermally-induced off-season — an ironic state for a former power plant. In this transition, co-curated by the climatic and material conditions, EKKM’s body would shrink to the size of the first floor, disjoint from its other limbs. As a (bodily) reaction to these conditions, the artist constructs an autonomous heating system and takes up the job of a stoker.

Help for the Stoker of the Central Heating Boiler borrows its title from the book found in what would soon become EKKM, when the building was first “re-discovered” in 2006. It was written in the early seventies, and, for at least a few years after its publication, it provided the technical help needed to heat the Tallinn Power Plant — most likely, this was reason the book was found in there, as this building was once part of the Power Plant.

However, now the artist-stoker is in need of a different help than the kind offered by the book: it might be no less practical, but more social than technical. He invites helpers to heat up the space together, with wood and words, following the classic stoker’s shift system of 24h work-days with 3-day breaks in-between. Thus a period of one month is broken into seven separate shifts in which EKKM is kept open and warm, day and night.