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Sille Luiga

  • Faculty of Design
  • Jewellery and Blacksmithing
  • ma
  • Party’s over. Notes
  • Tutor(s): docent Nils Hint, consultant professor Kadri Mälk

The party’s over. Why, with whom, when, where, to whom, how – these details do not matter. What matters is whether the party was fun or not.

Painted and anodized aluminum strips (0.5-3 g; 7-13 x 5-8 x 3.5-4.5 cm) and an empty yellow latex balloon (87g; 40 x 26 x 1.5 cm) Photo: Sille Luiga 2020

– I have noticed that in Estonia many things, like childhood, school time, and even life itself, are trivially compared to a party. Party seems like a simple pleasure – responsibility and rules do not play a remarkable role, as one can only participate and doesn’t have to worry about the organizing.

– The phrase ‘party’s over’ is also thrown into the air very lightly. ‘Party’ as an adjective is uniformly applied to the whole period before the disaster that allegedly ended the party. It is noted with a bittersweetness that time seems to reveal a pattern, a regularity, that the good times don’t last and punishment for them is certain. Situations where the phrase “party’s over” is used are usually not appropriate for it, because a party is valued by how special and extraordinary it is. The disaster that makes people say ‘party’s over’ is not the opposite of a party. For me, the opposite of a party is a smooth passage of time without special moments. A quick change, a surprise, means that the party has just begun.

– A party is a revolt against the steady passing of time. Party wins moments but loses to eternity. Eternity will always be boring. I do not believe that man should go through his life doomed dull forever. Instead, time should be wasted, so the indifference of time could be resisted. Moments must be heightened.

– Parties can be life-changing or at least they celebrate life-changing events. What should I remember, commemorate, celebrate, forget? Birth, birthday, marriage, funeral, in memoriam day, Easter, Midsummer’s day, Halloween, Christmas, ordinary get-togethers, complete ragers, weeks of binge drinking – just to name a few. Has partying become outdated? Half from the list of celebrations have become very rare occasions in my life. Would more parties save humanity? Save from what? From an eternity of boredom probably.

In this thesis, I explore ideas connected to my artistic practice through a rail of fragmented notes, that I took while making objects. The notes include my personal experiences, thoughts about time, boredom, nonsense, the uselessness of things, values, sincerity, honesty, superficiality, contradictions, and absurdity. All these subjects are introduced and concluded in the text through the metaphor of a party.

Objects from the series “Party’s over” Photos: Sille Luiga 2020
Light blue latex balloon (107 g; 40 x 28 x 28 cm)
Aluminum foil objects No. 8 (95 g; 13.5 x 7.5 x 7) and No. 6 (63 g; 13 x 5.5 x 5.5)
Pink latex balloon (79 g; 29 x 16 x 16 cm)
Light pink latex balloon (107 g; 40 x 28 x 28 cm)
Beige latex balloon (65 g; 22 x 16 x 16 cm)
Aluminum foil object No. 18 (127 g; 23 x 10 x 9 cm)
Object “Messenger”: a musical greeting card that, when opened, plays the recorded sound of two exploding balloons
Object “Messenger”: a musical greeting card that, when opened, plays the recorded sound of two exploding balloons