The Estonian Academy of Arts weekly no. 93


1,200 bamboo fans – EAA Department of Fashion Design in Hong Kong

Piret Puppart, Professor at the EAA Department of Fashion Design

On 12–29 January, most of the EKA Department of Fashion Design master’s students were visiting Hong Kong to participate in a collaboration project between the fashion design departments of the Estonian Academy of Arts and Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU).

A series of experimental forms titled Skins&Shells was created, which proceeded from conceptualising the “protective membranes” surrounding life and existence. 1,200 bamboo fans were combined and manipulated by the students and made into 11 wearable fashion sculptures.

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Conservation of Naissaare’s soldier mural awarded annual award of Viimsi Parish

At the end of January, a recognition event was held by Viimsi Parish to celebrate the most outstanding achievements of 2017 in the field of culture and sports. An award for the best achievement in the field of history was given to the EKA working group consisting of Hilkka Hiiop, Kristiina Ribelus, Kristjan Müil, Varje Õunapuu, Mirjam Averin, Robert Treufeldt and Villu Plink for conserving the Naissaare soldier mural. The award was presented by mayor Siim Kallas.

The soldier mural was painted by an unknown military artist and was freshened up last summer. It can be seen at the former cultural centre of the Soviet naval mine base.

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Garage48 Hardware & Arts open for registration!

A limited number of free tickets are available to EKA students and teaching staff: send your name and surname, email address, phone number, ticket category (UI/UX designer or (product) designer) and, if you want to give a heads up, a project description by email to

Garage48 Hardware & Arts will take place at the University of Tartu Physicum on 2–4 March 2018.

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STARTERcreative study programme to begin on 20 February

STARTERcreative is a development programme of business ideas that brings together five universities and provides a practice-based opportunity to study idea development within a team. The programme includes supervisors and mentors who help the participants match ideas with business models of good potential and provide basic knowledge in running a business.

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Centre for Contemporary Arts, Estonia has announced an open call for the Estonian Pavilion exposition at the 58th Venice Biennale

The Venice Biennale is the world’s oldest and largest international art forum, and the 58th Biennale will be the twelfth time that Estonia will participate with its own pavilion. The organiser of the Estonian exposition is the Centre for Contemporary Arts, Estonia. Estonia’s participation at the Venice Biennale is being funded by the Estonian Ministry of Culture.

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DISCOVER EAA starts already next week

The EXPLORE EKA programme is targeted at students of upper secondary and vocational schools who are interested in architecture, design, art and art history and who want to continue their education in the creative field but haven’t yet reached a final decision.

EXPLORE EAA is an excellent opportunity for prospective students to discover the various specialities taught at EKA and see how life and studying looks like in these specialities. The programme includes visits to studios, ateliers, architecture firms, design companies, theatres and museums, as well as lectures, film screenings and practical workshops organised by EKA teaching staff, students and alumni.

Attendance is free of charge.

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Interview: Mart Kikas, mentor of EKA students, tests his own study formats for business models and business mentoring in Estonian, Ukrainian and Portuguese universities

Mart Kikas’s journey as a business mentor began at a time when he and Kristjan Mändmaa (present Dean of the EKA Department of Graphic Design) were developing the Design and Development of Virtual Environments master’s programme, which combined IT, design and business, at the University of Tartu Viljandi Culture Academy in 2011. Currently, he is testing his own study formats for business models and business mentoring in Estonian, Ukrainian and Portuguese universities. EKA Entrepreneurship Consultant Kelli Tuurmann met with Mart to better understand the nature of the study formats that he has developed and their application in study and mentoring activities in universities.

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Open lecture in architecture: Yael Reisner on the troubled relationship between architecture and beauty

Within the framework of the Open Lecture Series, the EKA Department of Architecture and Urban Design will bring to Tallinn a number of exciting architects and urban designers – both theoreticians and practitioners – from all over the world. The first lecturer of the spring semester will be Yael Reisner, whose lecture titled “Beauty Does Matter – the Cultural Bias, the Enigma and the Timely Pursuit of New Beauties in Architecture” will address the troubled relationship between architecture and aesthetics at Kanuti Gild SAAL (Pikk 20, Tallinn) on 8 February at 18:00.

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Leonhard Lapin’s solo show Void and Space at Kumu Art Museum

Leonhard Lapin. Kalev’s Return. 1987. Art Museum of Estonia

On Thursday 8 February, the Void and Space personal exhibition by EKA Professor Emeritus Leonhard Lapin (1947) will open at Kumu Art Museum. An accompanying publication will be launched at the exhibition opening. The current exhibition continues the Estonian art classics series, the earlier editions of which have presented works by Tõnis Vint, Raul Meel, Jüri Okas and Andres Tolts.

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Lütjohann & Sepsivart at Hobusepea Gallery

On Wednesday 7 February at 17:30, Jan Lütjohann (1987) and Uku Septsivart (1988) will open a joint exhibition A Little Bit, Every Day at Hobusepea Gallery.

The artists refer to their interest in working with their hands, which takes prime spot in their artistic practice and is one of the connecting factors of the current exhibition. They reflect on production as a process that falls somewhere between totalling a workbench and the arbitrary accumulation of material.

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On-going exhibitions:

Paco Ulman’s Wasteland at the Museum of Estonian Architecture

Photo by Paco Ulman

What is the deeper sense of being in a wasteland, and what are people seeking there? What are they attempting to compensate within themselves in such an environment? What does wasteland – a typical interim space in an urban environment – have in excess and what does it lack, such that people are drawn to it time and again? Paco Ulman, EKA teaching staff member, artist and architect, attempts to find answers to these questions with his Wasteland exhibition.

The exhibition will remain on view until 25 March.

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Marge Monko’s solo show Stones Against Diamonds, Diamonds Against Stones at Tallinn City Gallery

Marge Monko, WoW, video still, 2017.

Stones Against Diamonds, Diamonds Against Stones, a personal exhibition by Marge Monko, Professor at the EKA Department of Photography, is on view at Tallinn City Gallery. The exhibition displays new video, photography and installation works that study the keywords used to construct femininity in commercial culture: beauty, desirability and fertility. The exhibition is curated by Evelien Bracke.

The exhibition will remain on view until 11 February.

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Eve Kask’s solo show 2+2=... at Tartu Art Museum

The 2+2=... exhibition by Eve Kask, Associate Professor at the EKA Department of Graphic Art, is open on the ground floor of Tartu Art Museum. The exhibition presents the artist’s most outstanding works of recent years and, being located on the border between truth and fiction, is related primarily to the phenomenon of post-truthfulness.

The exhibition will remain on view until 13 May 2018.

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Tõnis Saadoja’s exhibition Studio at Art Hall Gallery

Cut image VI. Oil on canvas, 44×62 cm, 2017. Photo by Stanislav Stepaško.

Studio is an exhibition that examines pictures as processes; it speaks primarily about painting, by dissecting the construction and architecture of painting. This is the scope of my personal painting space on a miniature scale,” explained Tõnis Saadoja, EKA alumni and teaching staff member.

The exhibition will remain on view until 11 February.

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EKA moetudengite näitus “PULSS” Peterburis

On 8 February, the Pulss exhibition of experimental forms by EKA fashion students will open at the gallery of the Saint Petersburg Stieglitz State Academy of Art and Design. The exhibition will remain on view until 21 February.

Creative director and stylist: Liisi Eesmaa

Designers: Kristin Sigus, Emma Leoni, Edvard Hiietam, Külli-Triin Laanet, Karita Kärmet, Hannes Rüütel, Kreet Kärner, Nele Kurvits, Beatrice Randkivi, Lotte Raisch and Andreas Kübar

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Student films from the Department of Animation screened at the Anima festival in Brussels

On 9–18 February, the 37th edition of Anima, Brussels Animation Film Festival will take place in Belgium. The festival programme includes two student films from the EKA Department of Animation: Nicolas Petelski’s film A Table Game and Äggie Pak Yee Lee’s film Muteum. Both films were made in 2017 as part of their master’s studies at EKA.

This year, Anima’s focus is on Estonian animation. The EKA Department of Animation is represented by a programme that consists of 14 films and gives an overview of the department’s 11 years of activity.

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Heta Jäälinoja’s film Penelope nominated for a Jussi Award in Finland

On 23 March, the Jussi Awards, the Finnish equivalent of the Oscars, will be presented in Helsinki. The four nominees in the Best Short Film category also include, as the only animation, Penelope by Heta Jäälinoja, which was made during her master’s studies at the Estonian Academy of Arts in 2016. Currently, Heta is a graduate and a member of our teaching staff at the Department of Animation.

Fingers crossed!

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EAA members

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Faculty of Architecture

Lecturer at the Department of Architecture and Urban Design (0.25)


Faculty of Design

Professor, Head of Department and Head of Curriculum at the Department of Textile Design (1.0)

Associate Professor at the Department of Fashion Design, in the field of experimental fashion (0.5)

Associate Professor at the Department of Fashion Design (0.5)

Associate Professor, Head of Department, Head of Curriculum at the Department of Leather Art (1.0)

Associate Professor at the Department of Graphic Design (0.5)


Faculty of Art and Culture

Associate Professor at the Department of Cultural Heritage and Conservation, in the field of history, theory and practice of cultural heritage protection (1.0)

Lecturer at the Department of Art Education, in the field of artwork analysis and gallery pedagogy (0.5)

Lecturer at the Department of Art Education, in the field of didactics and pedagogical practice in art education (0.5)


Faculty of Fine Arts

Associate Professor, Head of Department at the Chair of Drawing (0.75)

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