The Estonian Academy of Arts weekly #102


The finalists of the ERKI Fashion Show 2018 have been revealed!

The participating collections for the ERKI Fashion Show 2018 were chosen by an international jury consisting of Laura Nestor, Ester Kannelmäe, Aljona Eesmaa, Katrin Kuldma, Laivi Suurväli, Kaie-Kaas Ojavere, Ketlin Bachmann and Giovanni Ottonello.

Altogether 43 collections were submitted to the 31st edition of the ERKI Fashion Show from five countries. The jury chose the 20 most outstanding collections as finalists for the show on 26 May. They include 14 collections from Estonia, three from Latvia, one from Lithuania, one from Finland and one from Russia.

Check out the ERKI Fashion Show finalists

Apply for international MA programmes – deadline 3 May!

Hop on in – we will be waiting for 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.

More info on EKA’s international Master’s programmes

EKA joined the Digital Construction Cluster

A parametrically designed timber installation by EKA doctoral students Sille Pihlak and Siim Tuksam (PART) for the Into the Valley music festival in Rummu, 2017. Photo by Tõnu Tunnel

The objective of the Digital Construction Cluster is to make the construction sector undergo a paradigm shift with a focus on changing business practices and models. The cluster wants to create a construction environment where the emphasis is on collaboration and the building is considered throughout its entire lifespan – from initial concept to final utilisation.

According to Andres Ojari, Dean of the Faculty of Architecture, joining the Digital Construction Cluster is a very natural step for the faculty. “We have been treading the edge of the digital world for the past 13 years with our 3DLab, discovering its opportunities and charms, and testing its application in the design process of buildings and urban planning.”

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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, focusing on innovative, solution-seeking and salient topics. The summer academy is organised by the EKA Open Academy. Registration deadline: 6th of May


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

More info and registration


Venia legendi lectures by candidates for EKA teaching staff positions

EKA’s new building awaits new teaching staff members.

Faculty of Design (Estonia pst. 7)

Thursday 19 April, room 440

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)

Faculty of Fine Arts (Lembitu 12)

Wednesday 11 April, room 5

At 13:30, a lecture by Mari Prekup, candidate for the position of Associate Professor at the Chair of Drawing, Faculty of Fine Arts. The topic of the lecture is “Connecting Lines” (in Estonian)

At 14:30, a lecture by Feliks Sarv, candidate for the position of Associate Professor at the Chair of Drawing, Faculty of Fine Arts. The topic of the lecture is “Art of Depiction and Everything Is Possible” (in Estonian)

At 17:00, a lecture by Toomas Tõnissoo, candidate for the position of Associate Professor at the Chair of Drawing, Faculty of Fine Arts. The topic of the lecture is “Figural Composition” (in Estonian)

International Inspiration #7: Andrew Berardini

The next guest in the International Inspiration open lecture series is Andrew Berardini, a freelance art critic and curator from Los Angeles. He works at the Momus online art publication as an editor and regularly writes for many art magazines, including Artsland, Mousse, Art Review, LA Weekly and Artforum.

12 April at 18:00 Open lecture at the Academy of Sciences (Kohtu 6)

13 April at 10:15 Seminar at the EKA Institute of Art History and Visual Culture

The International Inspiration series marks the launch of the curator specialisation at the EKA Institute of Art History and Visual Culture master’s programme.

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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. The seminar will take place in the Red Hall of Loksa Shipyard and in the town centre. This event marks the European Year of Cultural Heritage, the start of the 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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Professor Hilkka Hiiop at the Estonian National Museum 58th annual conference titled “Exhibitions vs. Research? Dilemmas, Pursuits and Solutions”

Hilkka Hiiop. Image from the Vikerraadio website.

On 11 April, the Estonian National Museum annual conference will address the connection between exhibition-making and research and will look for more efficient ways to mediate the research carried out in museums to the public.

Professor Hilkka Hiiop (EKA Department of Cultural Heritage and Conservation) and Tiina-Mall Kreem (PhD, Art Museum of Estonia) will make a presentation titled “Exhibition without Limits. The Road to Exhibition(s)”. Their presentation will focus on the Rode Altarpiece in Close-Up (2013–2017) and Christian Ackermann – Tallinn’s Pheidias, Arrogant and Talented (2016–2020) exhibitions that combine art history and conservation. These two exhibitions and research projects greatly surpass any institutional limits and show that museum research is more than a subsection of a “real” discipline.

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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 is smiling happily ...

How to 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 by oneself.

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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EKA Doctoral School Conference

This year’s EKA Doctoral School Conference will take place on 11 April at 10:00 at the Teachers’ House in Tallinn Old Town. Sign up here.

EKA doctoral students will be making the following presentations:

  • Andres Uueni: “Kaasaegsete dokumenteerimislahenduste rakendamine kultuuripärandi uurimisel“. (Discussant: Kaarel Truu)
  • Miina Leesment: “Kestlikkus ja tervislikkus magamiskeskkonna tekstiiltoodetes”. (Discussant: Sofja Hallik)
  • Sofja Hallik “Hand vs. Machine”. (Discussant: Miina Leesment)
  • Liis Kibuspuu: “Muusiku koostöö kunstnikuga 1980ndate Eesti performance’is: Ariel Lagle / Siim-Tanel Annus”. (Discussant: Anders Härm)
  • Elise Eimre: “Ajaloo visuaalne representatsioon kaasaegsetes Eesti mängufilmides”. (Discussant: Andrus Laansalu)
  • Anders Härm: “‘Ajaloo vabriku’ kontseptualiseerimine ‘ajaloolaste vabariigis’”. (Discussant: Liis Kibuspuu)
  • Andrus Laansalu: “Kunstiobjektide materjal. Materjalitaju kihid ja muutused”. (Discussant: Elise Eimre)
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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 lamb wool, 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 lamb wool 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.

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

Design: Andreas Kübar, photo: 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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Leonhard Lapin’s solo show Void and Space at Kumu Art Museum

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

The Void and Space personal exhibition by EKA Professor Emeritus Leonhard Lapin is currently on view at Kumu Art Museum. The 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.

The exhibition will run until 13 May.

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Sticky Moment, an exhibition by Anna Slama and Marek Delong at EKA Gallery

The Sticky Moment exhibition by the Czech artist duo Anna Slama and Marek Delong is currently on view at EKA Gallery.

“This whole mass of material is changing through time; every other minute there is a new image inside of me, different rhythm of my existence, different ghost in the same reflection.”

The exhibition will run until 14 April.

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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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Jaan Toomik, Professor at the EKA Chair of Painting, on view at Stedelijk Museum in Holland

Video still from Jaan Toomik’s video Father and Son

The Father and Son video by Jaan Toomik, Professor and Head of the EKA Chair of Painting, is currently on view at Stedelijk Museum in the Netherlands as part of the Freedom is Recognized Necessity exhibition, which presents works from former Soviet republics.

The exhibition will run until 12 August.

EKA Department of Animation at Animakom 2018

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

Animakom Festival will take place in Bilbao, Spain on 11–15 April. Four films from the EKA Department of Animation were chosen for the student competition:

Anne Mirjam Kraav’s The Spirit of Life (2017, BA)

Äggie Pak Yee Lee’s Muteum (2017, MA)

Teele Strauss’s Once in The Fields of Boredom (2017, MA)

Evgeniia Golikova’s Don’t Wake (2017, MA)

EKA Department of Leather Art at the London Book Fair

A book titled Names, Words, Witch's Symbols. 4x(4+4)x4 = Young Estonian Poetry

On 10–12 April, a number of Estonian artist bookbinders will participate at the London Book Fair. Among them are 12 students from the EKA Department of Leather Art: Greta Haak, Iirys Kalde, Maarika Karm, Eliis Kosseson, Rainer Kütt, Helen Moon, Marlen Peets, Kreete Pillenberg, Indrek Pitk, Sirle Rohusaar, Adelina Saar and Helen Teigar.

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Pristina Architecture and Arts Festival PAAF

Pristina Architecture and Arts Festival (PAAF) seeks to merge architecture and other disciplines in the field of art under the slogan “the sound of place”. The programme includes conferences, exhibitions, concerts, seminars, workshops, screenings and much more. All EKA members are kindly invited to attend!

The festival will take place in Pristina, Kosovo on 3–5 May.

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EKA members

EKA moedisaini tudeng Katrin Aasmaa intervjuus ajakirjale Mood: “Saan inspiratsiooni nolkide seiklustest Lasnamäel”

Katrin Aasmaa is a young Estonian fashion designer who is specialised in men’s attire. She is currently nominated for this year’s Silver Needle.

Read the interview

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 An 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
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