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Image or Sign: A Phenomenological Study of Pictorial Representation

Image or Sign: A Phenomenological Study of Pictorial Representation

The aim of my project is to defend the originality of Edmund Husserl’s phenomenological account of pictorial representation and to undermine the semiotic reading of it. Contrary to the widely held view that Husserl’s concept of “image” is an insufficiently developed concept of “sign”, I will defend the thesis that Husserl provides a clear distinction between the two concepts and that the ...
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Publishing the 6-volume ‘History of Estonian Art’

Publishing the multi-volume History of Estonian Art was initiated in 1999. It is the longest-running research project of the Institute of Art History and Visual Culture. The Estonian-language volumes are accompanied by lengthy English summaries. Editor-in-chief: Krista Kodres Research staff: Mart Kalm, Virve Sarapik, Andres Kurg, Katrin Kivimaa, Karin Vicente, Tiina Abel, Jaak ...
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International Inspiration #8: Antonia Alampi

Center for Contemporary Arts, Estonia and Institute of Art History and Visual Culture of Estonian Academy of Arts present: Lecture series “International Inspiration” 2017/2018 Antonia Alampi (Berlin) 31.05 at 18 lecture (Kohtu 6) 01.06 at 10.15 seminar (Suur-Kloostri 11) “Notes towards Geographies of Imagination” is a talk by Antonia Alampi revolving around the research in ...
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Open lecture: International Inspiration #7 Andrew Berardini

Center for Contemporary Arts, Estonia and Institute of Art History and Visual Culture of Estonian Academy of Arts present: Lecture series “International Inspiration” 2017/2018 ANDREW BERARDINI (Los Angeles) 12.04 at 18 lecture (Kohtu 6) 13.04 at 10.15 seminar (Suur-Kloostri 11) See event in Facebook. Andrew Berardini is a writer based in Los Angeles and a contributing editor at Momus. A ...
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Public lecture: Nora Sternfield “Some Thoughts About Learning Together. Strategies of Art Education as Critical Practices of Knowledge Production”

You are cordially invited to a public lecture by Nora Sternfeld, Professor for Curating and Mediating Art at the Aalto University on Tuesday, February 21 at 18.30 at The institute of Art History and Visual Culture (Suur-Kloostri 11, Tallinn) "Some Thoughts About Learning Together. Strategies of Art Education as Critical Practices of Knowledge Production" How can we learn something that ...
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Conference on art historical writing during the early Soviet era

The research team of EAA Institute of Art History and Visual Culture “Historicizing art: Knowledge production in art history in Estonia amidst changing ideologies and disciplinary developments“ (PUT788) is organising an international conference “Art History and Socialism(s) after World War II: The 1940s until the 1960s“ from 27th to 29th October 2016. Programme, registration and all relevant ...
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Dorothea von Hantelmann public lecture „Why exhibitions became a modern ritual (and what they tell us about the society in which they take place) “

Institute of Art History and Visual Culture and Centre for Contemporary Arts Estonia present public lecture on April 20, 18.00 at Arhitektuurikeskus (Põhja pst 27a, Tallinn) Dorothea von Hantelmann „Why exhibitions became a modern ritual (and what they tell us about the society in which they take place) “ Hantelmann will hold a seminar on April 21, 10.00 at Institute of Art History and Visual ...
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Jan Verwoert public lecture on November 12th

On Thursday, November 12th at 6PM, internationally renowned art theorist and professor of Oslo Art Academy Jan Verwoert will hold a public lecture Whipped Cream for the Walking Dead at the hall of the Estonian Academy of Sciences, 6 Kohtu St. The material world each day gives us more stuff to buy and fear, while at night our faces at night are bathed in the glow of LED-screens as we look for ...