Maxim Surin’s main background is as an audiovisual artist.
Maxim has been involved in digital presentation of audiovisual collections and production for international art institutions, festivals and networks.
His interest have now moved on to artistic research and development which he has carried out in Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Russia, Spain, Ireland and United Kingdom.


Archives and collections : dossier : artist portfolio : research & development : actualisation
Strategy and planning for digital platforms : ecology of professional and social networks : cultural anthropology
Interdisciplinary organisations and cultural institutions : channels of representation : interaction with professional networks, foundations and governmental, international programmes : streamlining workflow
Production : audiovisual arts : living labs : exhibitions : festivals
Education : new media and academia : edutech
Urban studies : online/offline interface : interventions in the urban environment
Creative industries : mapping : research & development

Member of the Board of Directors at Source Photographic Review, Belfast – London, United Kingdom.
Head of Collections at Argos Center for Audiovisual Art, Brussels, Belgium.
Strategist at Palma Creativa, Palma de Mallorca, Balearic Islands, Spain
; THX Centre for Sound, Image and Digital Culture, The Hague, Netherlands,

Research & Development at Palma Creativa, Palma de Mallorca, Spain; E.C.A.S. Network (European Cities of Advanced Sound), Berlin, Germany;  TodaysArt Festival, The Hague, Netherlands; Cimatics Digital Agency, Brussels, Belgium; Belfast Exposed, Belfast, Northern Ireland; PAErsche, Cologne, Germany; Arxiu Planas, Palma de Mallorca, Spain; AcciónMAD, Madrid, Spain; QSS Studios and Gallery, Belfast, Northern Ireland


Production Manager, Producer for Cimatics Digital Agency Brussels, Belgium
Video studio manager at Kaleri, Neformat, Multikultuurimaja Artists Association, Kadriorg studio and Von Krahli Theatre, Tallinn, Estonia

Volunteer at Arxiu Planas, Palma de Mallorca, Spain; Netwerk Contemporary Art Center, Aalst, Belgium,  Argos Center for Audiovisual Art, Brussels, Belgium, Belfast Exposed,

Tutor at MFA Goldsmith College, London, UK
Professor at Interdisciplinary Arts Department, Estonian Academy of Arts
, Tallinn, Estonia

2018 – 2019 research for Palma Creativa. Brand and unified visual identity of Palma, Creative City; Mapping of the creative economy and culture of Mallorca.
2018 – 2019 research and development for Arxiu Planas. Largest photography archive on Balearic islands produced and collected by Josep Planas i Muntanya from 50s to our days.
2017-2018 research/ investigation of prospects of creating a modern museum of natural sciences in the harbour area of Saint – Petersburg, Russian Federation, on the premises of the industrial estates of Sevkabel.
2015 – 2016 AcciónMAD, Madrid, Spain. Archive/web development concept, publishing workshops, in progress.
2014 – 2015 PAErsche, Cologne, Germany. Archive/web development concept, publishing workshops, in progress.
2014 QSS Studios and Gallery. Research on studios archive, web development, documentation.
2013 – 2014 Belfast Exposed. Research on photography archive, development proposal.
2011 – 2012 THX Centre fo Sound, Image and Digital culture. Research for the new institution joining NIMk, STEIM and V2_ Institute for Unstable Media, Netherlands.
2010 – 2012 ECAS (European Cities of Advanced Sound) network of independent non-profit organisations, dedicated to advancing sound cultures, music and related arts. Marketing and artistic research, web development.
2011 Amplified architecture archive. TodaysArt’s hybrid festival module for reflections on architecture, and urban infrastructures.
2011 Ryoichi Kurokawa installation Octfalls production for Venice Biennial collateral event “One of a thousand  ways to defeat entropy” at Arsenale pavilion curated by Anatoly Ponomarev.
2011 The Rise of Performative Architecture camp-conference. Project management, Brussels, Belgium.
2010 -2011 MyCityLab beta. Web development for a collaborative community platform. Edition 2011.
2010 – 2011 Cimatics Digital Agency archive. Since 2003 agency was organising festival, dedicated to real-time audiovisual performances and installations, as well as actively involved with production and distribution of digital art.
2010 Minutes Lumiere network. Research on visual anthropology and participatory media making. In collaboration with Kanema, pedagogical documentary association, Spain. Project in progress.
2009 Argos Platform.  Marketing analysis of the institution and proposal for online platform, presenting centre activities and largest collection of  video art and artistic documentary in Belgium. Argos Centre for Art and Media, Brussels.
2008 Pedagogical documentary project at Tartu Art College and series of screenings at KUMU and Athena Cinema, Estonia.
2008 Quest Documentary project and collective exhibition commissioned by Glynn Vivian Gallery, Swansea, UK. In collaboration with Welsh-based artists Jan Gerlings, Paul Granjon, Jacob Whittaker and Minna Hint.
2006 Empty Spaces and their Occupants. Estonian exposition at VI Saint-Petersburg Festival of experimental art and performance, Manege. Russia
2006 – 2007 Young Spanish Painters. Exhibitions  series at Estonia Concert Hall, Tallinn
2006 -2009 Kadriorg Studio. International cultural projects, audio-visual production and workshops. Tallinn-London, Estonia
2004 – 2005 Kaleri Artists-run space and multimedia lab. Tallinn, Estonia
2001 – 2003 Multikultuurimaja multimedia lab. Tallinn, Estonia

Diagramming the Archive, Dublin, Ireland and Belfast, United Kingdom
Rencontres Art Vu, Amiens, France
Augusti TantsuFestival, Tallinn, Estonia
Festival Nuit Blanche, Brussels, Belgium
Festival Electron, Genève, Switzerland
Festival Motel Mozaïque, Rotterdam, Netherlands
Festival Facyl, Salamanque,  Spain
Le Cube Festival, Issy – les – Moulineaux, France
Festival VIA, Mons,  Belgium
Festival EXIT, Créteil, France
Festival Nouveaux auteurs, Halle, Germany
Le Cinema Extraordinaire, NG Art Container, Tallinn, Estonia
Festival Chalon dans la rue, Chalon-sur-Saône,  France
Biennale de Charleroi-danses, Charleroi,     Belgium
Artists anthropologists, Y-Gallery, Tartu, Estonia
Mirror, mirror on the wall, is it Art or is it Porn? exhibition in collaboration with Merike Estna at Gallery Frederic Desimpel Brussels, Belgium
Festival DansCamDanse, Ghent, Belgium
Rauma Biennale Balticum, Rauma Art Museum, Finland
Goldsmiths College mid-course show with Merike Estna, London,   UK
New Wave. 21 century Estonian artists, Tallinn Art Hall (Estonia)
Pärnu XIII International Film- and video festival (Estonia). Grand Prix for the best Estonian audio-visual art work
Contemporary Art from Estonia, Baltic States, part III, Kalmar Art Museum (Sweden)
Consequences and Proposals. The Biennale of Young Artists, Tallinn (Estonia)
Quest, Glynn Vivian Gallery, Swansea. UK
Flowers of evil, Gods Zoo is Diverse, Hobusepea gallery, Tallinn. Estonia
Political/ Poetical, XIV Tallinn Print Triennial Estonia
Offline – online, international video art festival, Pärnu. Estonia
Word in Motion, text – video festival, Riga. Latvia
ISEA2004 International Symposium for Electronic Arts. Helsinki – Oslo – Stockholm – Tallinn
Last Hero, Rottermann Salt Storage exhibition hall, Tallinn. Estonia
Gooseflesh, international video and performance festival, Rakvere. Estonia
Look at me, British Fashion photography exhibition, Tallinn Art Hall. Estonia
Dark Nights, annual international film festival, Tallinn. Estonia
2001 – 2002
Allusions to Power group exhibition at VAAL Gallery, Tallinn, Estonia
Nordic Light annual light installation festival in Tallinn, Estonia and Helsinki, Finland
2001 – 2003, 2007

3 images of life and time – Tartu Museum of Art. Estonia ( Editor, Director Minna Hint )
Esenin in Tallinn, Rainbow Warrior – KUMU Estonian Museum of Art  ( Director )

Parables of еviction and regeneration processes documentary in collaboration with Elvira Santamaria 2016
Moving statues audiovisual installation in collaboration with Martin Byrne, Sonic Arts Research Centre, Belfast, Northern Ireland 2015

Repetition documentary in collaboration with Minna Hint.
Tartu.doc collective documentary directed by Joanot Cortes and Maxim Surin. II Prize in short film festival Julius 2008, Spain.
Killer Knife, Fiction documentary, One crazy naked woman who dared to be honest, Gods Zoo is Diverse or War and Peace, Shkatulka, Man on the beach, It can be dangerous to want to know why videos in collaboration with Merike Estna.
Inside or Out documentary in collaboration with Minna Hint. Grand Prix for the best Estonian audio-visual art work at Pärnu XIII International Film- and video festival, Estonia.
Dance Marathon ballet adaptation. Choreography: Mai Murdmaa, music score: Rainer Jancis, director Maxim Surin.
Pigeons du Sabledocumentary film in collaboration with Merike Estna.
Flight002 documentary. Music score: Martin Pedanik.
3 images of life and time documentary. Editing: Maxim Surin, camera and director: Minna Hint.
Alien documentary. Director: Kert Grunberg, editing: Maxim Surin.
Kizoo animation in collaboration with Atoo and Martin Pedanik.
Meiega Võidavad Kõik! Esenin in Tallinn, Rainbow Warrior documentaries. Neformat Studio.
Flood documentary. Director: Kert Grunberg, editing: Maxim Surin.

Chambre(s) d’Hôtel video interface for performance by t.r.a.n.s.i.t.s.c.a.p.e. multidisciplinary collective, Brussels, Belgium. Urban space/ live video dance/ interview/ live sound/ live web broadcast. 2008 – 2014
Vool multimedia performance with Sirje Mottus, Kristi Muhling, Tarmo Johannes and Riina Maidre at KUMU Auditoorium, Tallinn. Estonia 2007
Metroluminal concert tour in Tallinn and Tartu. Estonia 2005
Koit concert. Tõnis Mägi and Estonian Symphonic Orchestra. Tartu Laululava. Estonia 2003
Maa ja ilm international ethnical music festival, Tartu. Estonia 2002
Export AV events series at various locations. Estonia 2002-2004
Konverter audio-visual festival, Tallinn. Estonia
We Rock! performance with Jasper Zoova, Martik Pedanik and Diva Natasja at Gooseflesh International performance festival. Estonia
The Dream Machine urban screen installation and performances with Sven Grunberg, Kulgurid, Taavi Laatsit and Jasper Zoova. Estonia
Zvezda performance in collaboration with Jasper Zoova and Illegal Model Agency at ERKI Annual Fashion Show. Estonia
Unison performance curated by Raul Keller. MKDK Production, Tallinn. Estonia
Sven Grünberg performance series at Von Krahli Theatre, Estonian Academy of Arts, Sakala Culture Center and Vanemuine Theatre
Bashment event series, Tallinn. Estonia 2001 -2005
Jazzitup! event series, Tallinn. Estonia 2003-2004
Mutant Disco event series, Tallinn. Estonia 2001-2003
Vision event series, Tallinn. Estonia 2000-2002
Residency at JazzKaar international jazz festival. Collaborations with Richard Galliano Trio, Jimi Tenor, Kroit, Nils Petter Molvaer Khmer, Rinneradio, Tung 69,  1999 – 2003
Sky is the Limit events series. Neuronphase, Tartu. Estonia 1998-2001

Ryoichi KurokawaAdam Leech, Angel Vergara, Roberto Paci DaloMerike Estna, Joanot Cortes, Elvira Santamaria, VJ K-os, Paul Granjon, Christoff Gillen, Jacob Whittaker, Jasper Zoova, Martin Pedanik, Raul Keller, Minna Hint, Timo Toots, Mark Raidpere, Atoo, Kert Grunberg, Andres Lill, Hanno Soans, Kiwa, Mai Murdmaa, Jorge Piquer Rodriguez, Andres Lõo, Riina Maidre, Rosita Raud, Peeter Linnap, Paul Rogers, Erki Laur, Kärt Ojavee, Peeter Laurits, BIe Erenurm, Ahto Külvet, Arnold Praust, Anders Härm, Igor Ruus, MIhkel Kleis, Pille Jurisoo, Liisi Eelmaa, Krista Rambak-Krull and others.

Raumlabor, t.r.a.n.s.i.t.s.c.a.p.e.,, Showcase Beat Le Mot Theatre, Giardini Pensili Theatre, Von Krahli Theatre, Nargen Opera, Aeg Ruumis Theatre, New Arts Ensemble, Multikultuurimaja, Mung, Neuronphase.

Composers and musicians
Hafler Trio, Roberto Paci Dalo, Sven Grünberg, Tõnu Kaljuste, Rein Rannap, Tõnis Mägi, Estonian Symphonic Orchestra, Sirje Mottus, Kristi Muhling, Tarmo Johannes, Tiit Kikas, Rainer Jancis, Richard Galliano Trio, Jimi Tenor, Kroit, Nils Petter Molvaer Khmer, Rinneradio, Zion Train, Caribase, Django Bates, Courtnie Pine, Osibisa, Tung 69, Amalgamation of Soundz, Faze Action, Holmes, Una Bomba, Tummel, EZ Rollers, Spring Heel Jack, London Electricity, Basement Jaxx, Jazzanova, Fuzz Against  Junk, Grandmaster Flash,  Andrei Mongus Algol-Ool, Treee, Raul Saaremets, Metroluminal, Kulgurid, Taavi Laatsit, Ringo Ringvee, Tarrvi Laaman, Aivar Tonso and others.

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