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Photo: Susanne Kudielka (Building a scaled model of Mooste on the beach)

Between the 15th of July and the 31st of August we spent a six week MOKS residency in the small Estonian village of Mooste, creating a body of work to address themes that emerged during the first week of our stay.

You could say that Estonia is built on a layer of sand.

The beach in Mooste, with its sunbathers, volleyball court, and rubber rings, seemed at first sight (to us) strangely out of place, a sight we might usually associate with a summer holiday resort. A week or so later we came to appreciate it as a place that is clearly central to everyday village life during the summer. I guess that the locals are proud of their beach. It is certainly an important part of Mooste’s identity.

We had been watching children build sand castles on the beach. Playing by the seaside sand castles are a temporary structure that will eventually be swallowed up by the sea. Sitting on the beach in Mooste I remember thinking ‘you can dig that moat all you like but the tide will never come up and fill it!’ The only way the structure will disappear in a hurry is through human intervention.

We decided to build a 1:150 scaled model of Mooste in the sand, using simple homemade buckets/forms to represent the different types of architecture that can be found there, blending histories into a singular image/material. The buckets were then left, inviting local children (and adults) to continue building, extending, or demolishing the site. Perhaps this was another way of informing ourselves, or starting a dialogue with those that live here.

Further MOKS Residency interventions:

1. MILK MESSENGERS
2. SAND MAPPING
3. THE BARONS CLOTHES
4. WINDOW PICTURES
5. THE MOPED PROCESSION
6. EXHIBITION
7. GOOGLE MAPS

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