The Estonian Academy of Arts weekly #103


Apply for international MA programmes – deadline 3 May!

Come on in – we look forward to seeing you in the new EKA building this autumn.

The Animation master’s programme trains animation directors who will give their films their final form, style, rhythm, breathing and, if lucky, that certain something that makes a good film excellent.

Urban Studies focuses on research. In this programme, students investigate the functioning of a modern city from the perspective of its various users, important participants, decision-makers and planners, create strategies for the future and look for new ways to implement them.

The Interaction Design programme proceeds from the advances in smart technology that have created an increased demand for well-designed intuitive user experiences. The objective of the interaction designer is to make the user’s contact with the artificial world as simple and pleasant as possible.

The Contemporary Art programme offers a well-rounded and multifaceted approach to learning. Contemporary art, criticism and theory, author-based architecture, innovative and skill-based design, animation and stage art, curatorial practices are combined for thorough interdisciplinary studies. Here, you can be part of making something that really matters.

Design & Crafts MA programme prepares students for professional practice and helps them identify their own positions as artists — within their communities, society, design field, global economy, natural environment and other contexts. The programme provides students with as many real-world, hands-on situations as possible by giving them access to practising professionals and diverse opportunities.

The Interior Architecture programme is based on the principle that a set of design skills, in the narrow sense of the term, is not sufficient for interior architects to be successful in their profession. They also need to understand the broader context and be able to adjust their solutions to changing situations.

Design and Technology Futures is offered jointly by the Estonian Academy of Arts and Tallinn University of Technology. The cross-disciplinary programme merges technological competence with design skills. The aim of the curriculum is to prepare students for design-led innovation, possible only through interdisciplinary cooperation. The programme is focused on how to deal with complex problems and develop value-creating concepts.

Literature, Visual Culture and Film Studies is a interdisciplinary programme that is run in collaboration with Tallinn University. Students engage in the broad interdisciplinary study of the relationship between literature, visual culture and film in contemporary and historical contexts. The individual approach to students provides a supportive learning environment and offers them the opportunity to follow personal research interests from the very beginning.

All the info about EKA's international MA programs

EKA’s international 2018 Tallinn Summer Academy invites you to participate!

In August 2018, the Estonian Academy of Arts is organising its second international summer academy under the title Tallinn Summer Academy of Art, Design and Architecture – Presence & Possibilities. The programme will offer courses in various visual culture research and artistic disciplines, with a focus on innovative, solution-seeking and salient topics. The summer academy is organised by the EKA Open Academy.

The 2018 Tallinn Summer Academy programme includes:

Clay 3D Printing

Numbers and Cognition in Urban Environment

The Contemporary Art Field in Estonia

Flooded Summer School

Short Photography and Image-making course

How to Develop User Experience (UX) as a Key Component of Branding

The Anatomy of Couture

Wood and Design

Interaction Design Tomorrow


The registration is open until 6 May!

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Book the date: the opening of TASE, the annual EKA graduation show is on 30 May

This year, the TASE exhibition will take place in the current Faculty of Fine Arts building at Lembitu 10 and 12. This exhibition of final projects has traditionally displayed works by MA students, but final projects by fine arts BA students will also be included this year.

TASE will run until 13 June.

New website and first year’s findings of the Ackermann research project introduced at St Michael’s Church

The Ackermann project team (Tiina-Mall Kreem, Hilkka Hiiop, Anneli Randla and Isabel Aaso-Zahradnikova) presenting their work results at St Michael’s Church. Photo by Taavi Tiidor.

On Friday 13 April, close to one hundred people gathered in St Michael’s Swedish Church in Tallinn to listen to the past year’s results of the Ackermann research project. It has been one year since Mart Kalm, Sirje Helme and Urmas Viilmaa, the respective heads of EKA, Art Museum of Estonia and Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church, signed a collaboration contract for the joint research project on the art of Christian Ackermann. Art historian and curator at the Art Museum of Estonia Tiina-Mall Kreem, Professor at the EKA Department of Cultural Heritage and Conservation Hilkka Hiiop, Head of Department and Head of PhD Curriculum at the same department Anneli Randla and Head of the EKA Sculpture Conservation Studio Isabel Aaso-Zahradnikova introduced the main research activities conducted in Estonian churches, the most important finds and the newly unveiled website!

Watch the news clip on the ERR website

EKAlased Teadusmarsil

Immediately after the Ackermann project presentation, Professor Hilkka Hilkka Hiiop, Head of Department Anneli Randla, Research Coordinator Kristiina Jõekalda and Deputy Vice Rector for Research Maria Jäärats also marched for science. Photo by Ardi Truija

On Saturday 14 April, approximately 300 people participated in the March for Science, which set out from in front of the new EKA building construction site and ended with a rally at Lossi plats on Toompea Hill. The main message of the marching scientists and researches was that the funding of science should be raised to 1% of GDP. The government has talked about this for years but hasn’t yet delivered on that promise.

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ERKI Fashion Show 2018 to take place in the Hall techno club

Hall is situated in the Noblessner quarter. Photo: Hall’s Facebook page

Sandra Mäesepp, one of the main organisers of the ERKI Fashion Show this year, is happy with the location: “The club was opened just last year and nothing of this scale has been organised there. As a bonus, the industrial and desolate interiors of the club are a good match with the concept of this year’s show.”

The ERKI Fashion Show will take place on 26 May – book the date, come to the show and buy your ticket here!

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Remaining venia legendi lectures to take place in the Faculty of Design

EKA’s new building awaits new teaching staff members.

Thursday 19 April, room 440 (Estonia pst7)

At 10:30, a lecture by Laivi Suurväli, candidate for the position of Associate Professor (experimental fashion) at the Department of Fashion Design, Faculty of Design. The topic of the lecture is “Experimental Practices in Fashion Design” (in Estonian)

At 13:00, a lecture by Julia Valle Noronha, candidate for the position of Associate Professor (experimental fashion) at the Department of Fashion Design, Faculty of Design. The topic of the lecture is “What (Experimental) Clothes Can Do” (in English)

More info on the candidates for the EKA teaching staff positions is available here

Open Lecture in architecture: Maria Keinicke Davidsen

Athletic Exploratorium at the University of Southern Denmark in Odense

The next presenter in the Open Lecture Series is specialised in developing sports buildings and active public spaces. On 19 April at 18:00, Kanuti Gildi SAAL will host Maria Keinicke Davidsen, founder of the Keingart architectural firm. Anyone who is interested in playful and active spaces and who wants to know about how architecture can make adults play is warmly welcome.

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“20th Century Architecture” joint seminar in Loksa

Youth Summer Days. Loksa bus station, Lahemaa National Park, 1971. Tiiu Viljasaare’s photo collection

The Estonian Environmental Board, National Heritage Board, Estonian Academy of Arts and ICOMOS Estonia kindly invite you to the “20th Century Architecture” joint seminar in Loksa on 19 April. This event marks the European Year of Cultural Heritage, the start of Heritage Protection Month and the centenary of Estonian architecture.

Participating EKA members:

  • Rector Professor Mart Kalm
  • Doctoral student, Director of the National Heritage Board Siim Raie
  • Member of Board at ICOMOS, Associate Professor Riin Alatalu
  • Lector, Junior Researcher Oliver Orro
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Liina Siib to give a talk on historical compromises at KUMU

Liina Siib. Compromise Excluded. Viktor’s Story. 2003

On Saturday 21 April at 16:00, Liina Siib, Professor at the EKA Chair of Graphic Art, will give a talk on the topic of “World War II, choices and irony” in Kumu as part of the public programme for the History in Images – Image in History exhibition. She will examine the compromises that have been made by people who say that compromises are excluded and attempt to visualise monophonic history writing, based on the example of historic events from the 20th century presented in her Compromise Excluded video.

The discussion will be moderated by Linda Kaljundi and Tiina-Mall Kreem, curators of the exhibition.

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Next Good Teaching Seminars for EKA members

How to work in groups? 26 April at 15:00

Students are working together on a joint cause and passionately (and constructively) discussing it, the air is heavy with synergy, their eyes are bright and the teaching staff are smiling happily ...

How can we make this beautiful image a reality?

Eik Hermann, a philosopher and lecturer at the Institute of Art History and Visual Culture, will share his experiences of giving mass lectures based on various approaches to group work. In addition, University of Tartu Academic Developer Anu Sarv (PhD in Semiotics and Culture Studies) will share her know-how.

In order to participate, please sign up by 20 April.

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How to overcome stressful teaching situations? 3 May at 15:00

All teaching staff members have faced stressful teaching situations – disagreements regarding academic work or its assessment can escalate and be difficult to resolve alone.

This seminar addresses such real-life incidents and discusses how EKA teaching staff members have managed to overcome these situations.

The seminar will be supervised by adult educator and communication coach Kadri Kõiv (MBA) and EKA psychologist Kaia-Leena Pino.

In order to participate, please sign up by 26 April.

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Many EKA alumni taking part in the Estonian Sculptors Union’s 100 Sculptures exhibition

Edgar Viies (1931–2006) Philosopher (1980), aluminium.

The Estonian Sculptors Union’s exhibition displays 100 works by 100 Estonian sculptors – one piece per artist. Works from 67 living artists and 33 late masters have been chosen for the show: as such, 100 Sculptures is an intriguing overview of our history of sculpture.

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Katrin Kabun’s Archaically High Tech exhibition at Hop Gallery

The objective of the exhibition is to draw the attention of gallery-goers to lambswool, an underused renewable resource with special properties.

Katrin Kabun is a doctoral student at the Estonian Academy of Arts, and she is looking for ways in her design research to use lambswool as a valuable renewable resource. She has previously defended a master’s degree at EKA on waste wool with a focus on creating a biodegradable composite material that is based on renewable resources. For her master’s project, she was awarded the EKA Young Applied Artist Prize.

The exhibition will run until 30 April.

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EKA Department of Fashion Design at the Estonian Colour Blue exhibition at Pärnu Museum

Design by Andreas Kübar, photo by Virge Viertek

The Estonian Colour Blue exhibition is co-organised by the EKA Department of Fashion Design and brings together fashion, nature and cultural heritage as part of the Estonia 100 art programme. The exhibition is currently on view at Pärnu Museum. “The colour blue describes our nation, values and cultural history extremely well – slightly cold and Nordic, deep and quiet, and at first unapproachable and distant,” said Piret Puppart, Head of the EKA Department of Fashion Design. The exhibition is based on the traditional motives of Estonian folk costumes. The works reflect the designers’ original interpretations of Estonianhood, the development of Estonian fashion culture and its connections with nature.

The exhibition will run until 26 May.

Participating artists: Edvard Hiietam, Külli-Triin Laanet, Karita Kärmet, Hannes Rüütel, Kreet Kärner, Nele Kurvits, Andreas Kübar, Eliise Saar (2nd year BA students) and Kadi Adrikorn (2nd year MA student)

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The best contemporary art from Estonia and EKA featured at the Köler Prize exhibition of nominees

Nominees for the Köler Prize 2018 are Anna Škodenko (teaching staff member at the EKA Chair of Painting), Holger Loodus (Workshop Master at the Chair of Painting), Taavi Talve (Head of the Chair of Sculpture and Installation, Assiate Proffesor), EKA graduates Tanja Muravskaja and Tarvo Varres.

The exhibition will run until 20 May.

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Mihkel Ilus continues his monochrome painting quest at Hordaland Kunstsenter in Bergen

Detail from the Stick It on Your Wall exhibition at Hobusepea Gallery, 2017. Photo by Johannes Säre

On 13 April, Mihkel Ilus, a painter and Workshop Master at the EKA Chair of Painting, will open his personal exhibition titled How Else Can I Put It at Hordaland Kunstsenter in Bergen, Norway. The exhibition will display Mihkel Ilus’s search for new ways to create paintings out of canvas, oil and wood. How Else Can I Put It is co-produced by Tallinn Art Hall and Hordaland Kunstsenter and curated by Siim Preiman.

The exhibition will run until 3 June.

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EKA Department of Animation at international film festivals

ANIMOCJE festival

Still from Seniors’ Choice, an animation by Ave Taavet

On 14 April, EKA Department of Animation alumna Ave Taavet’s film Seniors’ Choice (2015) was screened at the ANIMOCJE International Animated Movies Festival.

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Animakom 2018

A still from The Spirit of Life, an animation by Anne Mirjam Kraav.

Animakom Festival took place in Bilbao, Spain, on 11–15 April. Films by four students of the EKA Department of Animation – Anne Mirjam Kraav, Äggie Pak Yee Lee, Teele Strauss and Evgeniia Golikova – were chosen for the student competition.

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Musee d Orsay animation program

A still from Velodrool, an animation by Sander Joon

On 25 May, an Estonian animation programme with Sander Joon’s Velodrool, Professor Priit Pärn and Associate Professor Olga Pärn’s Pilots on the Way Home and Edmund Jansons’s Choir Tour will be screened at Musée d’Orsay in Paris.

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EKA students at the London Book Fair

There was a selection of illustration books at the Londoni Book Fair 2018 made by EKA students. Tutors of the workshop William Grill (GB) and the vice rector of EKA Anne Pikkov put the students in front of a hard task – to develop a long stripe of paper, leprello, into a graphic novel.

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EKA Department of Photography in Belgium

On 17–22 April, the master’s students of the Department of Photography will go on a study trip to Belgium. They will visit contemporary art museums and galleries in Brussels, Gent and Antwerp, including the Art Brussels and Poppositions art fairs and Wiels and HISK art centres. Studio visits will be arranged with Ruben Bellinkx, Katrin Kamrau, Marina Pinsky, Lisa Wilkens and graduate of the EKA Department of Photography Paul Kuimet.


EKA Applied Research and Development Projects Competition

The EKA Department of Research and Development, in conjunction with the Tallinn City Enterprise Department, is organising the Applied Research and Development Projects Competition, which will award three prizes:

  • a prize of 800 euros for the work with the most outstanding economic effects with regard to generating benefits for one or more companies or institutions
  • a prize of 800 euros for the work with the most outstanding potential with regard to enhancing social well-being and/or the living environment
  • a special prize of 600 euros that will be awarded in either category to a worthy runner-up

The competition deadline is 6 September!

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“Creativity into Business”, a circular economy hackathon

On 20–22 April, the Narva branch of the Ida-Virumaa Vocational Education Centre (Kreenholmi 45, Narva) will host the TeamLab “Creativity into Business” hackathon, where creative people from various fields, craftspeople, students, designers, activists, entrepreneurs and others, under the supervision of experienced mentors, can create new creative solutions by joining creativity and the circular economy.

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Approaching courses

Predicting Fashion and Trends 8–11 May

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Luxury Brand Management 14–18 May

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Luxury and Fashion Study Trip to London 28–30 May

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An interview with Miguel Martins (UK) on fashion, luxury brand management and trends

Read our blog on what Miguel Martins from UCA Rochester (UK) who will come to teach at the EKA Open Academy in May thinks about fashion, luxury brand management and trends. He will supervise the Fashion Study Trip to London course, which is the first course that the Open Academy has organised abroad.

Read the interview

EKA members

Briefing of EKA researchers

On Wednesday 18 April at 14:00–15:30, a briefing of EKA researches will take place in room E-440A at Estonia pst. 7. All research and development related staff members, including deans, heads of departments, teaching staff members, research assistants and project coordinators, are kindly requested to participate.

The programme includes:

  • 14:00–14:30 Overview of the “Applied research in smart specialisation growth areas” measure (Estonian Research Council)
  • 14:35–15:05 EKA research fund 2018; developments in the state research funding (Maria Jäärats)
  • 15:05–15:30 Coffee, cookies and open discussion

Congratulations to Ingrid Allik!

On her birthday, Inrid Allik gave a speech about her residency in wintry Finland.

EKA members celebrated Associate Professor and legendary faculty member at the Department of Ceramic Art Ingrid Allik’s 60th birthday yesterday. Congratulations and we wish for you, in your own words, “to be open to what you get from the kiln!”

Read a recent interview with Ingrid Allik in Eesti Ekspress

A beautiful spring sun is shining on the new EKA building

I can’t wait to move in!
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