Portfolio of Margus Tamm

The X-files [ Registry of the Nineties ]

The X-Files (Salatoimikud) is an exhibition that tries to delve into the more cryptic, overshadowed and lost aspects of the otherwise quite canonized 1990s Estonian contemporary art scene.

Graphic design makes a reference to 1990s deconstructivist design, emerging from post-rock subcultural scenes. Particularly to David Carson's (in)famous interview with Bryan Ferry from 1994 and to Estonia's cult post-rock band Metro Luminal's cassette sleeve from 1995, both of which replaced the traditional alphabet with cryptic digital pictograms. In the case of X-Files, the Wingdings dingbat font is used – as it is an all-time favorite of the paranoia theoreticians. Exhibition headline and chapter names are revealed also in dingbaits; the entrance wall exposes the pictogram-pattern which is actually a fully encrypted essay, amiable to be read by anyone who can decipher it.

Curators: Eha Komissarov, Anders Härm
Exhibition Architects: Molumba
Client: Art Museum of Estonia

Photo collage on poster: Peeter Laurits, Pietá 7 Anestesia (1992/2003), detail
Writing on the wall: orig. Hasso Krull, Katkestuse kultuur (The Culture of Interruption), 1996