21 — 22 Aug 2014

Ptarmigan project rooms, Tallinn, Estonia

Kompass is a gathering of organisers, artists, urbanists and active cultural instigators, held in Tallinn, Estonia on 21-22 August 2014. Kompass is a joint initiative of Totaldobze Art Centre in Riga and Ptarmigan in Tallinn, and seeks to connect Latvian and Estonian minds to address collaborative culture while developing public space and non-governmental activities.

Public space & collaboration


The theme of Kompass is 'public space' and the goal is action and understanding. The event will feature presentations and a panel discussion from prominent actors in both Riga and Tallinn’s scenes, an un-conference in the “bar camp” format, and a series of instant workshops to address topics raised during the event.

Kompass is open for anyone to participate! We will build the event around our personal interactions and sharing our ideas, dreams and strategies. The outcome of Kompass will be future cooperation and collaboration, created by the exchanges which occur.

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Who will be there?

Kaspars Lielgalvis


I am an artist, founder and leader of Totaldobže Art Centre and producer of several projects with a focus on experimental interdisciplinary contemporary art. I am interested in the interaction of current culture and environment. I am one of the activists in the Free Riga movement, which raises...

John W. Fail


I'm an artist and organiser working between Helsinki and Tallinn for the past six years, part of Pixelache in Helsinki and Ptarmigan in Estonia.

Andrew Gryf Paterson

Helsinki, Finland

I am an artist-organiser based in Helsinki, and have been involved with Pixelache since 2004, and in recent years has facilitated the around-the-year events programme. Many of these activities have crossed over into public space in the process, and social sustainability of action(s) is a current...

Michael Haagensen

Kilometre of Sculpture

I have a background in the visual arts with 20 years in teaching and training. After 15 years in the language services sector, I am now returning to my original field through arts management.

Teele Pehk

Linnalabor / Estonian Urban Lab

Community expert in Linnalabor, urban enthusiast and Kalarand fand

Jonas Buchel

Urban Institute

I'm a social and cultural worker, practicing urbanist and community worker, living and working in the Baltics for 13 years. I try to observe and understand human challenges in collectivity and societies space in urbanity. Together we're managing projects for communities and municipalities.

Alise Ziemule

Riga, Latvia

Since spring working/living in Brasalona - new public project space in Riga. At the moment working on contemporary art/music projects.

Triin Orav

Casa Planeeringud OÜ; Estonian Academy of Arts

I'm a landscape architecture student (Master programme) at the Estonian Academy of Arts and currently working as a Landscape Architect/Urban Planner at Casa Planeeringud OÜ. I recently returned from a 1-year-long internship in an architecture office (MSR Design) in the United States and looking...

Elina Kask

Urban Studies, Eesti Kunstiakadeemia
Tallinn, Eesti

Olen lõpetanud maastikuarhitektuuri erialal Eesti Maaülikoolis ning hetkel omandan magistrikraadi Eesti Kunstiakadeemias urbanistika erialal. Suurimaks hobiks on linn ja selle süsteemi liige olla.

Liene Jurgelāne

Kaņepes Kultūras Centrs
Riga, Latvia

I am working for Kaņepes Kultūras Centrs (KKc), which has become an integral part of the cultural life in Riga regularly offering various artistic, musical, theatrical, cinematic and interdisciplinary events. The goal of KKc is to renovate and give second life to the beautiful building in the...

Kevin Josse

The right for the city and cultural aspect in Riga

Studying architecture and urbanisme in the Ecole National Supérieur d'Architecture de Nantes and in Erasmus last year in Riga. Working at Urban Institute from Riga. Writing my thesis about the rights of the city, capitalism and new cultural activism in Riga.

Märt Põder

Tartu, Eesti

Olen viimaste aastate jooksul aktiivselt osalenud kogukonnapoliitikat ja infovabadust puudutavates algatustes, tuntumateks projektideks eeldatavasti Estobuntu, Vabakund ja Piraadipartei. Mu jaoks on oluline avatud, taaskasutatav ja vastutusvõimeline kood nii digi- kui ühiskonnasfääris.

Marje Ingel

Tallinna Keskraamatukogu muusikaosakond

Olen muusikainimene laiemas tähenduses - muusikaraamatukoguhoidja, , vabakutseline muusikaajakirjanik, laulja.

Tõnis Juhkam


32KK, teatrikallak, Muusikaliteater, TPT, kutseharidus, Kuperjanovi JVP, elektrik-montöör ABB AS-is.

Ernest Truely

Error Collective

I'm an artist from America who came to New Europe looking for a second chance.

Lori Weekes

Palo Alto, CA

I'm an American JD & PhD student interested in legal materiality and the aesthetics of bureaucracy. My work looks at heritage management and archaeological practice in Post-Soviet Europe.

Where to find us

Ptarmigan is located at Toom-Kooli 13, in the Toompea district of Tallinn's Old Town. It shares a building with the Canadian Embassy and the Koogel Moogel café.

The opening talks and discussion are on Thursday, and the main event is Friday. The full schedule can be viewed here.

We kindly request a fee of 6€ to participate in Kompass. This covers our organising costs and includes dinner on Friday from Koogel Moogel. You can register here.