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17.08–9.09.2017.IN BETWEEN LOOPS. SUSANNA FLOCK

On 17 August at 18.00 EKA Galerii invites you to the opening of the first show of this season, “In between loops” by Susanna Flock.

The exhibition includes a selection of Susanna Flocks recent works and new works derived from her current research into the relationship between the body and its technologically- mediated environment. An integral part of her artistic work is a mode of practice coined by experimental strategies and a conceptual approach. Art as a medium of communication and the examination of the impact of digitalization on cultural production, outreach and reception form the thematic basis.

Susanna Flock (born 1988) is consistently working on conceptual issues which are implemented in different media. A particular experimental approach in dealing with the medium of video takes on a central role. In 2015 she graduated in Fine Arts/Experimental Design at the University of Art in Linz, Austria. Susanna Flock has participated in numerous exhibitions and screenings in selected venues, among others, in Vienna, Leipzig, Tallinn, Vigo, Zurich, Toronto, Frankfurt, Wroclaw and Sao Paulo. She also won several prices, i.e. the Henkel Art.Award. (2010), the Ö1 talent scholarship for visual arts (2011), the Crossing Europe Innovative Award – Local Artist (2017). She was an artist-in-residence in Zagreb, Croatia in 2015 (Styria-Artist-In-Residence), Kristiansand, Norway in 2016 (Creart) and in Wroclaw, Poland 2017 (cooperation WRO Art Center and St.A.i.R.). She lives and works in Vienna.
http://susannaflock.net/

The exhibition is open until 9 September.

The artist and the gallery would like to thank BKA Austria, Land Steiermark and Austrian Embassy in Tallinn

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Summer School FLOODED to open a floating sauna on 10th August in Soomaa!

The Estonian Academy of Arts Interior Architecture department’s international Summer School returned this summer for a second instalment, this time under the title FLOODED. Last year, the Summer School team ended up building floating object Veetee, a project that inspired minds far beyond Soomaa and Estonia. This year, our team of architecture and design students and tutors from the field built a floating sauna which will be opened for public on 10 August 2017 at 5 pm. The floating sauna will be anchored near the campfire site where Tõramaa River and Raudna River meet. The sauna ritual is intertwined with water – in this case, taking people directly onto the Soomaa streams which flood the roads, meadows and yards of Soomaa at least once a year, creating a new, unusual world. The sauna will be open for public use for travellers in the area after opening.

According to head of the interior architecture department Hannes Praks, a sauna makes a good research and design project for the architecture and design summer school, because sauna is layered and interesting space, covering architecture, interior architecture, constructional physics, climatic and cultural aspects. It’s also an excellent chance to introduce to the international team of the summer school a critically important spatial typology in Estonian culture.

Suvekooli FLOODED korraldab EKA sisearhitektuuri osakond koostöös Riigimetsa Majandamise Keskusega.

FLOODED is jointly organised by the Estonian Academy of Arts interior architecture department and Estonian Forest Management Centre.

Summer School tutors: b210 architects, Sami Rintala, Hannes Praks, Justin Tucker

Summer School participants: Fernanda Cabezas, Marie-Elise Chhabra, Fergal Clenaghan, Rasmus Exo, Sigrun Perla Gisladottir, Eetu Hyvönen, Zane Kalnina, Alexander Kamelhair, Laura Lammert, Johanne Kirketerp Nielsen, Sonia Sobrino Ralston, Lukas Scheidegger, Liina Soosaar, Gudmar Söderin, Asia Valencic, Wenzel Witt-Dörring

Support: Eesti Turbatooted, Liviko, RMK

The international summer school is taking place as part of the project entitled “Tallinn Summer Academy of Art, Design and Architecture – Edge/Blurring Boundaries”. The project has been made possible by 37,079.24 euros in funding from the European Regional Development Fund.

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Loomehäkk (hackathon) 8.-10.09. Free for students. Subject – creative spaces

Loomehäkk is the largest 48-hour hackathon in the Baltic Sea region focussing solely on creative indstries and it is coming back for the 4th edition on September 8-10 at the Baltic Film and Media School. Our core goal is to push motivated teams to build a working prototype in a strictly limited timeframe that expands our understanding of space and helps solve very real issues of very real people.

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The Estonian Academy of Arts launches its first international summer academy in 2017

The Tallinn Summer Academy of Art, Design and Architecture – Edge/Blurring Boundaries drew 183 applicants, of whom 77 have been chosen to participate.

The aim of the EAA Summer Academy is to contribute to fulfilling the mission, vision and internationalisation goals of the EAA – in other words, to be a central and internationally respected institution for creating, developing and studying art, visual culture and the living environment in Estonia as well as a key force for enriching the country’s cultural environment and quality of life.

According to Olivia Verev (of EAA’s Open Academy) who organised the academy, “The first International Summer Academy of Estonian Academy of Arts – Tallinn Summer Academy of Art, Design and Architecture received more applications than expected, which shows that EAA has expanded in a very important direction for the university. Tallinn Summer Academy enriches the international art, design and architecture education landscape by providing high-calibre opportunities for study and by introducing Estonian art, design and architecture internationally.”

Applications were received from 43 countries: Estonian, Finland, Germany, Poland, the United States, Lithuania, Latvia, Denmark, Austria, Iceland, Iran, Italy, China, Spain, Sweden, Egypt, Switzerland, Turkey, Russia, Mexico, Norway, Albania, Brazil, Netherlands, Ukraine, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Colombia, Czech, Chile, Nigeria, Hungary, Israel, Bulgaria, Greece, France, Portugal, United Kingdom, Palestine, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia, Croatia and Canada. Four of the course instructors are also from abroad. The 2017 courses will take place in August and include: Clay 3D Printing, Toys for Elephants, Telling Stories – Language in Video & Video as Language, Numbers and Cognition in the Urban Environment, The Contemporary Art Field in Estonia, and the FLOODED Summer School.

The international summer school is taking place as part of the project entitled “Tallinn Summer Academy of Art, Design and Architecture – Edge/Blurring Boundaries”. The project has been made possible by 37,079.24 euros in funding from the European Regional Development Fund.

Additional information: Olivia Verev, Project Manager for EAA’s Tallinn Summer School, 5806 6003, olivia.verev@artun.ee

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Tallinn Summer Academy 2017 is coming!

We are pleased to launch the first Tallinn Summer Academy of Art, Design and Architecture Edge/Blurring Boundaries! This year we have 6 different courses: Toys for Elephants, FLOODED Summer School, Numbers and Cognition in Urban Environment, Clay 3D Printing – Presence and Possibilities, Telling Stories – Language in Video and Video as a Language and Contemporary Art Field in Estonia. We are looking forward to meet all the participants in Tallinn! http://www.artun.ee/summeracademy/

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1. Semester: A Crash Course in Planning Practices

We have undertaken an ambitious task. To clarify in a short period of time how a city is planned. Which parties use what kind of instruments to make decisions concerning Tallinn? And as if the task itself wasn’t complex enough, we have also gathered comparative data from Helsinki, Riga, Copenhagen, Vilnius, Prague and Zurich. It is a crash course for us as well as for the people responsible for the various parts of the future research.
In selecting the sample, we considered cities comparable to Tallinn in size and recent history, but also some very different cities exemplary for other reasons. In practice, it means that we were in contact with various local practitioners, city officials, activists and theoreticians. We spoke with people, not institutions. We attempted to make our questions straightforward and understand what the success stories and problem areas in the given cities are. We asked if the planning of the given cities has been based on same wider visions. If there is some kind of a social contract in writing on how the city will develop and how the development will be gradually executed in various stages. We went to the offices of city architects to see what their daily work is like. What is the number of people working together with the city architect and what is his wider role in the society. The given discussions have largely been frank and personal. There has been little so-called official information. This allowed the interviewees to remain true to their opinions and also express criticism of the great success stories. We attempt to reveal the regulations and procedures behind the scenes that provide the city development with its framework, direction and ambition.
As we were probing the situation, we attempted to see and comprehend what the good living environment means in the 21st century and how to achieve it, what can be learned from whom, who are the important actors in the process of urban change and how they contribute. It turns out that the guiding principle of liveable Tallinn is, in fact, controversial – on the one hand, the concept of “the most liveable city” seems truly noble and attractive, on the other hand, the downside was described by Canadian architect Leonard Ma at the workshop “The Unfinished City” organised at the Faculty of Architecture. Originally from Vancouver, which is considered one of the most liveable cities graded high in various ‘liveable cities’ ranking lists, Leonard claimed that the downside of the given title is that due to the increased property prices, the locals cannot keep up with the pace and need to move. And the city is affordable only for the international business elite. For instance, the ranking table of the most liveable cities compiled by Mercer is primarily aimed at large corporations for smarter labour distribution. Then again, it would be absurd to claim that a liveable city is a bad goal, as there is nothing inherently wrong in the increase of property value. Quite the contrary. The question is how to create this value in the urban space in a stable and sustainable manner and not as an image-building project (to compare, the stable city of Zurich is ranked the second, while the brashly growing Dubai is ranked the 74th and Tallinn 89th in the table).
We have gathered and analysed a vast amount of material characterising the cities which allows us to compare the density and structure of living environments, the presence and structure of nature, transport networks and border areas, and to highlight the respective measurable and numeric data with the possible (in case of some cities, quite specific) future plans. In the course of the research, the analysis of the cities soon made it clear that the planning practices mainly differ from each other in nuances. Therefore, it would be reasonable to discuss and describe the cities through an overview of the discussions we had.

Johan Tali
Kalle Komissarov

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UMWELT – glass exhibition at the Adamson-Eric Museum

OMAILM / UMWELT
09. 06 – 01. 10. 2017
ADAMSON-ERICU MUSEUM
Curators Ülle Kruus & Mare Saare
Design Mari Kurismaa
Graphic design Külli Kaats
Artists:
1. 1967 Maie Mikof
2. 1970 Peeter Rudaš
3. 1975 Rait Prääts
4. 1979 Mare Saare
5. 1981 Eve Koha
6. 1985 Ivo Lill
7. 1995 BA Kai Kiudsoo-Värv 2005 MA
8. 1995 BA Tiina Sarapu 1996 MA
9. 1998 BA Eeva Käsper 2003 MA
10. 2002 BA Maret Sarapu 2005 MA
11. 2003 BA Kristiina Uslar 2007 MA
12. 2011 BA Andra Jõgis 2014 MA
13. 2013 BA Kristiina Oppi 2017 MA

Exhibition of glass at the Adamson-Eric Museum in Tallinn is dedicated to the 80th anniversary of the beginning of teaching art glass at the today’s Estonian Academy of Arts in 1936/37. The 13 artists represented have graduated from the academy during the last 50 years, both their final works – on b/w photographs – and latest creations are exhibited. The curator aimed to find out differences and similarities between the earliest and latest works and show the changes in the trends and expressive principles of these years.

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Maks Roosma grant for Maarja Mäemets, student of glass

For the year 2016/17 the annual grant for a glass student of the EAA goes to MAARJA MÄEMETS for her outstanding results in combining glass and photography in her creative work and for winning the first prize of the student art competition organized by Bild-Werk Frauenau, Germany.

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Nordic Academy of Architecture – EAA to be the coordinator of the Nordplus network

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Speed of Sculpture

The objective of the exhibition "Speed of Space" is to investigate the space as an environment that has a duration. This duration can be perceived, used, manipulated, maybe controlled.
Sculpture is very much of the object of duration, reaching out of its present existence intothe future space and time. Exhibition focusses into the role of speed of sculpture, in its physics – but also as a follower of the minds and motions of us.
Evald Okas Art Museum has invited young contemporary installation artists and sculptors to present their works at the gallery of the museum.

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