Piibe Piirma is media artist, who has studied interactive multimedia at the Estonian Academy of Arts. Since 2015 she has PhD degree on art and design. She has been teaching New Media Art for two years at BFM and has been a very valuable addition to the crossmedia teaching staff especially because of the art approach to media. Her artwork closely relates to connecting science and art, her previous exhibitions dealt with different interdisciplinary forms of thought that were inspired by science and technology and created in collaboration with specialists from several scientific institutions.
Piibe Piirma has curated several new media art exhibitions since 2006. She organized international conference ”Art & Science – Hybrid Art and Interdisciplinary Research” and exhibition "Rhizope" at Estonian Museum of Design and Applied Art in 2014.
She has published articles on bioart in the cultural weekly Sirp and in the magazine "Eesti Arst". Since 2012, she is a member of the Finnish Society of Bioart.
About the exhibition
"Why is the sea blue? Why do butterflies fly? Why does the sun rise?" are questions children ask to explore the nature and boundaries of life. It is an important step for connecting scientific and creative thinking. Our cultural symbolism has vastly expanded thanks to science and interdisciplinary approaches to research that are continually increasing in popularity. Due to science, we can think of a person as a fragment of the universe continuing to exist and succeed in this vast entity.
Why should an artist be interested in different scientific disciplines and display them in art galleries? Because artists have the courage to study and to dream, trying to understand the most important processes of life. And this also applies to the smallest level of cells and genes.
I portrayed a number of photo collages of micro algae, who I have met in our water bodies. They were collected from different Estonian waters, microscopic images were captured in laboratory and edited by me using digital art tools. It was a productive collaboration with the TUT Marine Systems Institute, special thanks goes to Inga Lips and Karin Ojamäe.