KIWA (as sound artist Kiwanoid) – multidisciplinary artist, lives and works in Tartu and Tallinn. Studied in Estonian Academy of Arts and Tartu University.
He actively explores and blends different media, from conceptual objects to total audiovisual environments. His artistic practices include objects and installation, video and sound art, performance and scenography, text, books and publishing etc: all together functioning as a hypertextual research of meaning-making and cultural codes on different levels, collective and personal myths.
Participates in exhibitions since 1995, his work has been featured over 40 solo exhibitions and in over 300 group exhibitions and festivals in Europe, America and Asia. KIWA is also active as lecturer in the Estonian Academy of Arts (since 2006) and curator (since 1999). He initiated a series of multimedia events with a code name “metabor” (first sound art platform in Estonia, 2001–2004), "The Festival of Non-Existent Bands" (2002-2009) and ;paranoia publishing group ltd. (2014–...). As a team with anthropologist Terje Toomistu they made a full- length documentary movie “Wariazone” about Indonesian transgender phenomenon and started a crossmedia research about Soviet hippie movement. From 2012 he is resident composer at Stockholm Electronic Music Studios (EMS).
Last exhibitions and performances include Museum Retrospective (Tartu Art Museum), Dept. of Signs & Symbols (NYC), Presentation House gallery (Vancouver), Moderna Museet (Sweden), Satellite gallery (Vancouver), Vaal gallery (Tallinn), Y-gallery (Tartu), Galerie Rivoli 59 (Paris).
Recent group shows and festivals include: NU Performance Festival and Kumu Art Museum (Estonia); Black Leather club and Manizales Theatre Festival (Colombia); Henie Onstad (Norway); The Kitchen, Yvon Lambert Gallery and Renaissance Society (USA); Tate Modern and Milch Gallery (UK); Stedelijk and DeAppel (Netherlands); Tseretely gallery and SKIF festival (Russia); Seccession, Charim gallery events and CAT/MAK (Austria), 1st Electronic Festival (Belorussia), Rivoli59 and Chateau de Tours (France) etc.
Works in collections of Art Museum of Estonia, Contemporary Art Museum of Estonia, Tartu Art Museum, The Carousel Collection and private collections in Europe and USA.