Andrus Laansalu x Järva-Jaani Koduloomuuseum

Andrus Laansalu

Exhibition & performance


Järva-Jaani Local History Museum

In the early 1970s, a classroom for education in tractors was completed in the Orina manor house in Järva-Jaani. Classrooms like this can today be seen in science fiction films focused on mechanics, but physically such things do not exist anymore. The class in Orina was built with clear design competence by Helmut Vajakas, the school principal.

The revolving stage, which could compete with other similar stages in large Estonian theaters, carries a set of tractor engines weighing tons. The motors are disassembled, electrically started and their operating principles are visible. The classroom is still full of mechanical assemblies and engine parts developed for exhibits. Fifty years have passed, but this time capsule is still working.

A purposefully assembled cultural layer is gathered around the central disc of the exhibits. Hundreds of slides about tractor engines, posters and diagrams. And hundreds of books, mainly in Russian and Estonian about engines, agricultural machinery, metal processing, and construction. This knowledge is very much needed by everyone, but the complexity of its object is often not understood. What makes tractors so complicated?

After delving into the exhibits and the study materials, it seems to us that the field of engines and mechanics is very detailed, precise and also thoroughly theoretically described. We try to make this understanding clear in the exhibition and our presentations. We are the last students of Helmut Vajakas. The class is once again in session and the teaching continues.

Andrus Laansalu (EAA & e¯lektron)
Peeter Rästas (Rakvere Theatre)
Andrus Aaslaid (electron)

Music used in the presentation: JS Bach Sinfonia 11 g-minor BWV 797 with Tiiu Sisask on piano

Thank you: Silva Kärner

Andrus Laansalu  is a practitioner of technological theatre and an experimental writer who works with creating and researching connections between technology and people. He teaches at the Estonian Academy of Arts and is also writing his doctoral dissertation on the breakage of art objects and the properties of materials. Laansalu has worked as a journalist (specialising in motor vehicles) and a cultural critic, as a sound engineer in the computer game industry and has participated in the group MIMproject. In his free time he plays the double bass or saxophone and builds a motorcycle

Orina mõis was added to the list of manors in 1643. A primary school was built in the house in 1919. The manor’s home economics school was founded in 1924. The teaching of mechanics, with the aim of promoting agriculture, began in 1947. After the closing of the Järva-Jaani agricultural school, the building was handed over to the rural municipality and the domestic education classroom was renovated while the rest of the premises were used to record the history of the school and the history of the parish. The manor house was handed over to the JÄRVA-JAANI LOCAL HISTORY MUSEUM. One of the most interesting objects is the tractor classroom built in the former hall of the manor with a turntable.

Sun 04.07 16.00
Sat 14.08 17.00
Mon 30.08 17.00
Entrance 5 €

Sat 04.09 12.00 - entrance 1 €
Sun 05.09 12.00 - entrance 1 €


14.–16.07 (Wed–Fri): 14.00–18.00
25.–30.07 (Wed–Fri): 14.00–18.00
08.08 (Sun): 12.00–15.00
10.–12.08 (Tue–Thu): 14.00–18.00
04.–05.09 (Sat– Sun): 10.00–15.00

Aadress: Mõisa 8, Järva-Jaani (tickets 5€ Lai 1)


Järva County Museum Road Days Sat 04.09 & Sun 05.09
Museum is open: 10.00–15.00
Performances on both days: 12.00
Entrance 1€, preschoolers free

Andrus Laansalu at Järva-Jaani, Winter 2021

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