The Estonian Academy of Arts, Department of Art and Design’s external PhD student Piibe Piirma will defend her thesis “Hybrid Practices. Art and Science in Artistic Research” (“Hübriidsed praktikad”. Kunst ja teadus loomepõhises uurimistöös”) on the 18th of November 2015 at 13.00 at Rüütelkonna building, room 201 (Kiriku plats 1).

Supervisor: Dr Andi Hektor (University of Tartu)
Consultant: Dr Veronika Valk (Estonian Academy of Arts)
Pre-reviewers: Dr Raivo Kelomees (Estonian Academy of Arts) and Dr Laura Beloff (University of Copenhagen)
Opponent: Dr Rasa Smite (RixC, Liepaja University) 

The defense will be in English.

Piibe Piirma’s PhD dissertation “Hybrid Practices. Art And Science in Artistic Research” is an art-based research, that is focusing on her artistic experience by collaborating different Science labs in Estonia and explores hybrid art and theories of interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary art forms, bioart and citizen science.

Piirma’s dissertation is mainly based on her personal new media art practice and curatorial work (2012–2015). Her theoretical study deals with a variety of hybrid art forms, art&science collaborations of Estonian and internationally known artists, and inter- and transdisciplinary studies of in general. Piibe Piirma’s art-based research consists the analyses of her solo exhibitions “Hybrid Practices”, “Hybrid Practice – from General to Specific” and curatorial work of the international exhibition “Rhizope” and related conference “Art and Science – Hybrid Art and Interdisciplinary Research” (EAA 2014).

The objective of Piibe Piirma’s dissertation is to utilise theoretical and practical approaches to seek answers to questions pertaining to co-functioning of different disciplines (art and science). The term is used in this dissertation for artwork in which the two of them, art and science, meet is “hybrid art”. Although new and exciting directions far exceed the established genre definitions and evaluation criteria permit, she holds that the phrase “hybrid art” is the best characterisation of artwork that transcends the boundaries of different and at ostensibly incompatible disciplines. How science impacts art or vice versa becomes clearer through practical examples of art and collective initiatives, which are described in the various chapters and sections of this dissertation.

Please find the PhD thesis here: