installation programme

This year Urban Festival UIT is turning its focus on parasitic architecture. We’ve asked both local and foreign artists to view the city from a parasite’s perspective and encouraged them to find new ways of life either the deficit or excess of space. Urban parasites have found their master organisms in narrow spaces between buildings, in abandoned factories, overgrown ponds and forgotten cinemas. Installations are scattered all over Tartu, go and find them!

URBAN PARACITES / August 18-21 /

10 installations / different locations

Varvara & Mar is an artist duo formed by Varvara Guljajeva and Mar Canet in 2009. In their practice, they confront social changes and the impact of the technological era. 

Artists have exhibited their art pieces in several international shows, such as at MAD in New York, FACT in Liverpool, Santa Monica in Barcelona, Barbican and V&A Museum in London, Ars Electronica museum Linz, ZKM in Karlsruhe, and more.


Varvara (born in 1984, Tartu), has a Ph.D. in art from the Estonian Academy of Arts. She has a master's degree in digital media from ISNM, Luebeck University in Germany and a bachelor's degree in IT from Estonian IT College.


Mar (born in 1981, Barcelona) is a Ph.D. candidate and Cudan research fellow at Tallinn University, focusing on AI and interactive art. He earned his MA Interface Cultures at the University of Art and Design Linz. Mar has also studied art and design at ESDI in Barcelona and computer game development at University Central Lancashire in the UK.

Varvara & Mar page

photo: Laura Strandberg