Ongoing Research Projects

The keywords that link the research directions and grants related to the Estonian Academy of Arts are practice, technology, theory, society and culture. In addition to the high-ranking research projects in traditional humanities – in art history, visual culture and Soviet Studies – the Academy has set its priority to be artistic (practice-based) research. At the Academy artistic research can connote different means of knowledge production, depending on the specific field of study: artistic research in contemporary art, design research, design practice research in architecture and urban design, practice-based research in conservation and cultural heritage. Artistic research is experimental, cross-disciplinary and process-oriented. Its criteria are applicability, innovativeness, level to which the creative activity communicates with and/or engages the public. Among other things, artistic research deals with research into the relationships between art and contemporary society, including the possibilities of contemporary art to participate in societal processes or to support the processes using creation of specific knowledge.

“Remembering Difficult Knowledge in the Baltic Visual Culture” (MOBJD, 2019–2021)

This research program focuses on how difficult knowledge has been transmitted in the visual culture of the Baltic States, in works of visual art, documentary films and exhibitions about the Second World War and its aftermath. The analysis ...

“Forecast and Fantasy in Late Soviet Architecture” (PUT, 2020–2023)

The research project “Forecast and Fantasy in Late Soviet Architecture” proposes to write a history of fantasy in Late-Soviet architecture, focusing on its mediating role in the transformative effects of postwar modernisation. From the 1960s ...

“Patterns of Development in Estonian Culture of the Transition Period (1986–1998)” (PUT 2020–2024)

The research project “Patterns of Development in Estonian Culture of the Transition Period (1986–1998)” sets out to investigate the cultural processes at work in Estonia between 1986 and 1998, a time-frame known as the transition period, ...

Fashion SEEDS – Fashion Societal, Economic & Environmental Design-led Sustainability

Fashion SEEDS is a project led by world leading institutions in Fashion Education spanning over the course of three years. It seeks to develop a Design-led Framework for ...

“Baltic German Identity and Heritage in Estonian Art Historiography” (EKA Personal Grant, 2019–2020)

This personal research grant allows Kristina Jõekalda to go deeper into the interdisciplinary topics with which she has been dealing with in her previous articles, MA (2010) and PhD thesis (to be defended in 2020) and during the Estonian ...

Tallinn Old Town: Sustainable Management and Presentation

The aim of the research is to analyse the impact of increasing tourism on cultural heritage and to find solutions to promote Tallinn Old Town as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, while preserving its dignity and values. The main goal of the project ...

Algorithmic Processes in Wood in Architecture and Design

Research staff: Sille Pihlak, Siim Tuksam Duration: 2016–2020 Financed by Estonian Academy of Arts

Unfinished City

Estonian Academy of Arts Faculty of Architecture alongside Kapitel (former E.L.L Real Estate) are initiating a research program entitled the Unfinished City. Invited researchers and specialists alongside faculty members, researcher fellows and ...

Compiling and Publishing of a Glossary of Architecture

The aim of the project is to compile and publish an illustrated comprehensive glossary of architectural terms to have a reliable source and manual for engineers, architects, art historians, conservators and others. The glossary would ...

Estonian Churches: Development, Improvement and Completion of the Construction History, Conservation and Research Database (phase 2)

The aim of creating the Estonian churches’ database was to provide an internet environment accessible to the scholars, conservators and the broader public and brings together all information on the ...

Development of the Discipline of Technical Art History for the Analysis of Cultural Heritage in Estonia

Technical art history is an interdisciplinary field of heritage studies combining methods from arts and sciences and uses contemporary information and communication technology (ICT) for acquiring, processing, archiving, contextualising and ...

Studies of the Estonian 20th-Century Built Environment

This project contains two main focuses: the study of the 20th-century construction history, construction materials and their preservation on the one hand, and the analysis of the heritage aspects in the planning policies ...

Christian Ackermann – the Arrogant and Talented Pheidias of Tallinn (part I)

Christian Ackermann was the most talented and scandalous wood carver of the baroque-era Estonia. By implementing the cutting edge investigation technologies of technical art history the project aims to identify the nature of ...

Publishing the ‘History of Estonian Art’ (1999–2021)

Publishing the multi-volume History of Estonian Art was initiated in 1999. It ...

Readdressing Practices and Theories of Experimentation in the 20th- and 21st-Century Estonian Visual and Spatial Culture

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 ...

“Image or Sign: A Phenomenological Study of Pictorial Representation” (MOBJD, 2017–2020)

The aim of my project is to defend the originality of Edmund Husserl’s phenomenological account of pictorial representation and to ...