Timo Toots

Date of birth: 15th of September 1982
Place of birth: Tartu, Estonia
Nationality: Estonian
Languages: Estonian (native), English (fluent), Russian (poor)
Contact: info@timo.ee


2005 – 2009 Estonian Academy of Arts (photography BA)
2008 – Exchange student in Iceland Academy of Arts (fine arts)
2007 – Exchange student in Karlsruhe HfG (media arts)
2001 – 2004 University of Tartu (computer science, not graduated)
1997 – 2001 Hugo Treffner Gymnasium

Solo exhibitions

2014 Le Liu Unique / Nantes, France
2014 Tartu Artist House / Tartu, Estonia 
2012 Memopolis / Edith-Russ Haus, Oldenburg, Germany
2010 Memopol-1 / Y-Gallery, Tartu, Estonia
2010 Memopol-1 / Hobusepea Gallery, Tallinn, Estonia

Works in collections

2013 Soodevahe / KUMU Art Museum / Tallinn, Estonia
2013 Media Bubble / Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie / Karlsruhe, Germany
2013 Media Bubble / private collection / Italy

Participated in group exhibitions

2016 Mooste Seed Sorting factory / Mooste, Estonia
2015 ZKM / Karlsruhe, Germany
2015 Estonian Pavilion / Milan, Italy
2015 Tartu Art Museum / Tartu, Estonia
2014 City Gallery / Võru, Estonia
2014 Ii Biennale of Northern Environmental and Sculpture Art / Ii, Finland
2014 Survival kit / Riga, Latvia
2014 Archeology of abandoned villages / Võru City Gallery, Estonia
2014 Ii Biennale of Northern Environmental and Sculpture Art / Ii, Finland
2013 Museum for Communication, Frankfurt, Germany
2013 Kleine Humboldt Gallery, Berlin, Germany
2013 Temp Gallery, New York, USA
2013 Afterlives of Gardens / KUMU, Tallinn, Estonia
2012 Malaupixel / Paris, France
2012 Artishok Biennale / EKKM, Tallinn, Estonia
2012 Kehaline Karistus / EKKM, Tallinn, Estonia
2012 Prix Ars Electronica / Linz, Austria
2012 Liste Art Fair / Basel, Switzerland
2012 Gateways / House of Electronic Arts, Basel, Switzerland
2012 Speed of Darkness / KUMU, Tallinn, Estonia
2012 Speed of Darkness / Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova museum, Turku, Finland
2011 Moscow Biennale (Moscow, Russia / curator Peter Weibel)
2011 Ludo Ergo Sum (Gallery of Design and Architecture, Tallinn, Estonia / curators Marge Paas & Piibe Piirma)
2011 Gateways (KUMU, Tallinn, Estonia / curator S. Himmelsbach)
2011 Lift11 (Tallinn public space, Estonia)
2011 Köler Prize (EKKM, Tallinn, Estonia)
2011 European Media Art Festival (Osnabrück, Germany)
2011 If it’s half broke, part fix it ( CAC, Vilnius, Lithuania / curator M. Säde Lehni)
2010 Above the city (Linnagalerii, Tallinn, Estonia)
2009 Participation Cinema (Gallery of Estonian Academy of Arts, Tallinn)
2009 Lendva (Artdepoo, Tallinn, Estonia)
2008 1 reality – 1 error (Vaal Gallery, Tallinn, Estonia)
2007 Finland 90 – Viis ja sõnad (Tallinn, Estonia)
2007 Something is wrong (Tallinn, Tartu, Estonia)
2007 Air, Light and Flying (Tartu, Estonia)
2007 Pomo Sapiens (Vaal Gallery, Tallinn, Estonia)
2006 Kaunas Photo Days (Kaunas, Lithuania)
2006 Festival of Experimental Art and Performance (St. Petersburg, Russia)
2006 Post-Soviet Art Camp (Aizpute, Latvia)
2006 Art month of Tartu (Tartu, Estonia)
2000 One-night exhibition in Damtan Music Gallery (Tartu, Estonia)


2012 Award from Cultural Endowment of Estonia
2012 Prix Ars Electronica Golden Nica in Interactive Art
2011 Nomination for Köler Prize
2009 3rd prize at contest Estonian Ethical Souvenir with Kristiina Nurk
2008 2nd prize at Estonian Portrait Photography Contest
2006 1st prize at Estonian Sports Photography Contest

Other activities

2013- Founder and operator of project space MAAJAAM
2013 – 2016 Interaction design for Estonian National Museum with 3+1 Architects
2012 Interaction design for Vapramäe Nature house
2009 Cell phone concerts with E.Arpo, R.Rõõs, L.Eltermaa
2009 Internship in Argos Center of Art and Media, Brussels, Belgium
2004 – 2009 organizer of youth culture magazine “Sahtel”
2001-2011 part of freelance design and art collective D*Art
2001-2007 Freelance photography for online, print press
2001-2010 Freelance web-site programming


2008 DVD Studio Pro workshop with Teijo Pellinen
2008 5th Europe – Asia Art Camp on new media and interactivity, Bangkok, Thailand
2007 Aurora Borealis interactive media workshop in Lapland University, Rovaniemi, Finland
2006 Pure-data visual programming workshop in Kuvataideakademia, Helsinki, Finland
2005 “Zona” documental photography workshop in Krakow, Poland
2005 “Kino-Kabare” 48-hour short movie workshop in Pärnu, Estonia
2004 Photography courses in Tartu Higher Art School
1998 Beginners photography course at Tartu Anne Youth Center