Research Projects

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 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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The main objective of the project is to examine the process of historicizing art by means of art historiography and knowledge production (writing of art histories, exhibition practice etc.) in Estonia from the 19th to the 21st century. Throughout times same works of art and architecture, as well as entire narratives of local artistic development, have been presented in various ways and ...
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The main aim of this project is to analyze experiment in Estonian visual and spatial culture, and to investigate its role in official economic and political programs as well as in alternative and critical practices. By concentrating on its relation to “the paradigm of normality” in different periods, the project entails both a historical investigation of the 20th-century culture and an ...
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The aim of this research project is to analyse the spatial environment in the context of transformed methods of art history after the cultural turn, to focus on new interpretative possibilities of architecture and the built environment as well as to introduce the discipline with new fields of research and archives that have so far been considered unimporant. The spatiality of the environment ...
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The general objective of the project is to study the dynamics of national identity in 20th century visual culture and built environment in Estonia. How it has been legitimized and determined by artistic and spatial practices (shift in focus, emergence of the alternative narratives) and systems of knowledge that aim at creating of local representations of the past (i. e. the writing of ...
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The aims of the program are: (1) to prepare and present a grant application to European Research Council; (2) to start preparatory work for the ERC grant project; (3) to continue with the theoretical research needed for carrying out the ERC project. The ERC project is dedicated to examining the cultural patterns that emerged after the breakdown of the Soviet system, and their socio-political ...