“Down the Rabbit-hole” is a joint web-based exhibition by artists Victoria Holdt and Kristen Rästas. The basis of the exhibition are fragments of a correspondence between the two artists: thoughts of isolation and the unknown, self-realisation and ambition, form a dialogue which leads up to two individual escapistic realms of artwork: Jump down the rabbit-hole!
The artworks are accessible through the web player as 360 videos (drag option on desktop or drag and gyro option on mobile) or DeoVR external app which has VR interface.
Individual artwork descriptions and bios below the artworks.
Supported by the Cultural Endowment of Estonia
Sound design for Kristen Rästas by Mataya Waldenberg
Kristen Rästas’s VR work funded by
the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media in the program NEUSTART KULTUR Module D – Digital Mediation Formats
Down the Rabbit-hole
“But you know, sometimes I feel that I just
want to paint colourful pictures and not
even think about what it means.”
It has spikes that are not really spikes. It has an envelope
which is not made to send affectionate messages but to keep
everything where it is supposed to be, to keep everything in
shape just until it has found its preferred host.
It makes me wonder whether or not humans also have spikes that are not really spikes
and whether humans have envelopes. What if the body is our envelope? What would be our spikes? Could certain
behaviors be interpreted as spikes?
I think our spikes could be our actions. It’s the action to create a response of some
sort. It could be just about anything.
In this case, what lies in the envelope could be either the outcome of the action or the intentions of our
Then again, I’m still trying to make sense out of this.
I have these urges to go for long walks, but soon after I start, I get
a little anxious. The weather is still cold here and I don’t want to
risk getting sick. I have new good quality earphones, so every piece
of music sounds new to me again. Mostly I am lost somewhere there.
It’s the little things that keep me occupied.
I think we will slowly get back to normal, but I expect it to
take some time. Although I also hear/read a lot of discussions
about whether or not this is an opportunity for our planet and
maybe will bring some people back to their senses related to
travelling and consumption. I am not that optimistic.
It is there because some apparatus tells us it is, but in
our core we are still in the same spot and only partially
I just read a short article, which claims that while cells are performing
their best in keeping us alive and doing their job they speed
up like trains and dance and do all crazy movements. Whether
or not this is true, I find this an extremely wishful thought.
Imagine, even you sit still there is still something in you
that continues to dance.
The empty chess table is surprisingly fitting. It is as if
space gets eliminated and the usual space, i.e. a parc can
only be occupied by half the people. I read the table in quite
a new manner. Either the white or the black squares represents
an absent space, which implement new rules for the chess
pieces on how and where they are able move.
I am not too optimistic either. I feel that many people have set themselves
living standards that are unnecessarily high and they definitely
won’t back down from it. Also, what really bothers me is that the
small businesses suffer the most and many will go bankrupt, while
the mega corporations stay unaffected. It doesn’t fit with the
overall mind-set of this situation which in fact could also be a
I like the idea that we have these small bouncy cells inside of us. I find it cute (yet
again in an anthropomorphist way). I do think it’s all connected. We are mimicking them, and they are
humans. Apparently something that we do works well enough to become a reproduction and creating this system
This leads me to think how it all could have started. About the connection between the first life ever and
inanimate object or entity. Are we even actually alive or just responding to different outside stimulations
produce different actions? Maybe it’s just all a
game with no players at all. In that case the bio-programming could be the set of rules.
I really dislike this focus on being the most efficient human that one can be and
the optimisation of everyday life. I think humans are profoundly flawed yet not solely in a bad sense. I
are great opportunities in
these faults and they should not be belittled in my opinion.
In the parts you sent me I also interpret how everything is co-related and intertwined. That everything
everything and everything is connected, just like an enormous web.
I have been very fascinated by tardigrades also known as water bears or
moss piglets and the questions remind me of these magical creatures. They
are micro-animals which live basically everywhere - they even survived
exposure in outer space. They can withstand extreme weather conditions by
going into an almost dead-like state called cryptobiosis.
It feels annoying, but then again, how can we hide that invisible elephant in the room.
It sounds almost like going into a cocoon to become something better or hope for the world to be better. I
that is one impressive survival skill to have. In that sense, they are a lot more developed than we are.
Would be interesting to have that kind of ability to just pause everything within oneself. I wonder if they
control going into the state themselves or it just happens whenever necessary.
Of course I am romanticising science in this sense but it makes
sense to me as I feel that in our western culture science is ranked
really high. I want to include these kind of imagery or take it as a
reference and I want to show how poetic science can be. I was reading a
book about fish the other day and stumbled across a pattern. It looked
I did only look at it briefly and continued whatever I was doing. But
this pattern would not leave my mind so I got back to the book to see
what it was about. I was convinced that it would be about for example how
fish move, that it was some sort of scientific visualisation. I bursted out in laughter when I discovered that actually it was nothing scientific at
all. It is a poem by Christian Morgenstern, who lived in the beginning of 1900. It is called Fisches
which means as much as night- song of the fish. This eventually led me to a thought that language in certain
can be misunderstood or have their own prejudices. I also very much liked my false assumption that I thought
to be scientific because it was in a book about fish.
These are certainly weird times to be alive. Sometimes I think back, maybe around ten
years. Maybe because I was younger, but I never had this sense of the world being this actual. I was just
own thing, but now it seems like every small happening somewhere far affects me in some way. This is
because of the internet as well.
It was supposed to be some kind of exercise of silence. It just makes me
cringe but I really like this “guru pattern”: the way that he sits,
the way that he has some flavoured water next to him, the way that
he promises some kind of naive higher state of being. Are people
really this lost in the world? Also about this guy, at least he
doesn’t steal from other cultures to appear more “enlightened” and
“foreign”. On the other hand he just appears so American white
middle class and so does his audience in this video. But this is
just one example of the many.
You can discover planets and be in outer space and emerge in total different worlds.
I’ve already tried it out once but it somehow still blew my mind. We then had quite a nice talk about how it
you feel little and irrelevant. Little and irrelevant but in a good sense. I have the feeling that sometimes
to do something that “matters”, engage in the world blablabla and that nothing is ever enough.
But you know, sometimes I feel that I just want to paint colourful pictures and not
even think about what it means. But then again I’m so fascinated by
different technologies, etc.
I also have this attraction of moving to somewhere in the countryside. Maybe when
turning old and just not giving a damn anymore, like becoming a hermit. I’ve always wanted to be a hermit
but never really thought I could adjust to this.
It’s like a fear of missing out. Besides that, I also have these feelings that I need to do stuff that
shouldn’t we do the stuff that
matters to us? These can even be the little things. Sometimes I wish I could live several lives at the same