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20.12.2019 — 31.01.2020

Wack Dystopia at EKA Billboard Gallery

Graphic design 3rd years students present their project “Wack Dystopia” at EKA Billboard Gallery

On November 20 at 8 PM 3rd-year graphic design students will present their project “Wack Dystopia” at the EKA Billboard Gallery. The course is supervised by Norman Orro. EKA Billboard gallery is located outside on Kotzebue street. The exhibition will remain open until January 31.

In 2015, Mark Fisher coined the term “boring dystopia” to describe the mundane underbelly of the hypercapitalist London society. The first “Blade Runner” movie is already set in history, in November 2019.

Now on the brink of 2020, we live in a WACK DYSTOPIA where truth seems debatable and most news is underlined with the hashtag #notonion.

WACK DYSTOPIA is life in a glimmering technocracy, haunted by a medieval mindset.
WACK DYSTOPIA is a gut feeling, that nothing makes sense anymore.
WACK DYSTOPIA is not a forecast, but a critique of the present.

The metamodern condition finds us in limbo between utopias and dystopias. Both are simplistic caricatures and neither seem real or attainable. To move forward we first have to look truth in the eye. To get real we need to look to the absurd…

In the words of Aldous Huxley ”The trouble with fiction… is that it makes too much sense. Reality never makes sense.”

Participating students: Adam Asztalos, Kersti Heile, Elisabeth Juusu, Roven Jõekäär, Karmo Järv, Anneli Kripsaar, Syret Kärt, Liisi Lasn, Sigrid Liira, Laura Martens, Mikk Tanel Oja, Aliz Stocker, and Johann Georg Villmann
Headline font: Aliz Stocker

Supervisor: Norman Orro

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Wack Dystopia at EKA Billboard Gallery

Friday 20 December, 2019 — Friday 31 January, 2020

Graphic Design

Graphic design 3rd years students present their project “Wack Dystopia” at EKA Billboard Gallery

On November 20 at 8 PM 3rd-year graphic design students will present their project “Wack Dystopia” at the EKA Billboard Gallery. The course is supervised by Norman Orro. EKA Billboard gallery is located outside on Kotzebue street. The exhibition will remain open until January 31.

In 2015, Mark Fisher coined the term “boring dystopia” to describe the mundane underbelly of the hypercapitalist London society. The first “Blade Runner” movie is already set in history, in November 2019.

Now on the brink of 2020, we live in a WACK DYSTOPIA where truth seems debatable and most news is underlined with the hashtag #notonion.

WACK DYSTOPIA is life in a glimmering technocracy, haunted by a medieval mindset.
WACK DYSTOPIA is a gut feeling, that nothing makes sense anymore.
WACK DYSTOPIA is not a forecast, but a critique of the present.

The metamodern condition finds us in limbo between utopias and dystopias. Both are simplistic caricatures and neither seem real or attainable. To move forward we first have to look truth in the eye. To get real we need to look to the absurd…

In the words of Aldous Huxley ”The trouble with fiction… is that it makes too much sense. Reality never makes sense.”

Participating students: Adam Asztalos, Kersti Heile, Elisabeth Juusu, Roven Jõekäär, Karmo Järv, Anneli Kripsaar, Syret Kärt, Liisi Lasn, Sigrid Liira, Laura Martens, Mikk Tanel Oja, Aliz Stocker, and Johann Georg Villmann
Headline font: Aliz Stocker

Supervisor: Norman Orro

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28.01.2020 — 08.02.2020

“Maintenance Is a Drag (It Takes All the Fucking Time)” 28.01–08.02.2020 at EKA Gallery

Join us for the opening of the exhibition “Maintenance Is a Drag (It Takes All the Fucking Time)” on Friday, 3 January at 6 pm. The exhibition will remain open until 8 February, Tue-Sat 12-6 pm.
 
“Something was left hanging after establishing Vent Space Project Space and organising the programme of exhibitions for the first season: what are or what should be the values and approaches we take with us from EKA? What sort of institutions are the exhibition spaces that are affiliated to art universities and what questions and contradictions are apparent in our understanding of them? During our two-week period at EKA Gallery, we will present the structural and principal liberties and limitations, the distribution of roles and the lack thereof and the invisible labour inherent in exhibitions.”
 
Vent Space is a student-run project space organised by students of curatorial studies and fine art at the Estonian Academy of Arts. The team for the first year comprised Katrin Enni, Aksel Haagensen, Hanna-Liisa Lavonen, Saskia Lillepuu, Kaisa Maasik, Kati Ots, Olesja Semenkova, Silvia Sosaar and Annika Üprus. Our initial aims when establishing Vent Space were the ability to react fast, openness and a focus on experimentation, which would offer students an alternative public platform to compliment the more official function, stricter form and more rigid structure of EKA Gallery.
 
 
The public programme will include:
 
• “7 Ways to Access EKA Gallery”, guided tour (every day at 1 pm)
• “Vertical Perspectives”, guided tour (Saturdays at 2 pm, whenever upon request)
• “Artists Anonymous” support group facilitated by Xenia Ramm (Wed 29.01 and Thu 6.02 at 6 pm)
• “Thea Cleaner Cleans” performances by Ulvi Haagensen (Wed 5.02 at 4.30 pm and Sat 8.02 at 5.30 pm)
• A discussion between the EKA gallerist Pire Sova and Maarin Ektermann (Wed 5.02 at 5 pm)
 
 
Artist-curators: Katrin Enni, Aksel Haagensen, Kaisa Maasik, Kati Ots
 
Katrin Enni (1976), Aksel Haagensen (1993), Kaisa Maasik (1994) and Kati Ots (1993) are master’s students at the Estonian Academy of Arts: Katrin, Aksel and Kaisa are students in the contemporary art programme while Kati studies curatorial studies at the Institute for Art History and Visual Culture. Katrin recently started her exchange studies at the sculpture department of the Academy of Fine Arts at the University of the Arts Helsinki. Kaisa and Kati attended the Praxis programme at the same school last year. Katrin, Aksel as well as Kati have all previously been bachelor’s students at the installation and sculpture department and Kaisa has a bachelor’s degree from the photography department at EKA.
 
In 2018, they all participated in the establishment of Vent Space project space and were team members for the first season. In summer 2019, they organised an exhibition at Vent Space of works by members from the Vent Space team titled “At the End of the Workday” and in autumn 2019, Aksel and Kati curated the group show “I can’t be fucked” at Vent Space. Katrin, Aksel and Kaisa applied for the Eduard Wiiralt Scholarship last year and Aksel was one of the recipients.
 
Title of the exhibition borrowed from Maintenance Art Manifesto 1969! Proposal for an Exhibition “CARE” (1969) by Mierle Laderman Ukeles.
 
Image: Kaisa Maasik, sketches (2019–2020)
 
Supported by the Cultural Endowment of Estonia, the Student Council of the Estonian Academy of Arts, A. Le Coq
 
Thanks: Maarin Ektermann, Anders Härm, Hilja Koplimets, Karel Koplimets, Marko Nautras, Anna-Kaisa Rastenberger, Pire Sova, Airi Triisberg
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“Maintenance Is a Drag (It Takes All the Fucking Time)” 28.01–08.02.2020 at EKA Gallery

Tuesday 28 January, 2020 — Saturday 08 February, 2020

Gallery
Join us for the opening of the exhibition “Maintenance Is a Drag (It Takes All the Fucking Time)” on Friday, 3 January at 6 pm. The exhibition will remain open until 8 February, Tue-Sat 12-6 pm.
 
“Something was left hanging after establishing Vent Space Project Space and organising the programme of exhibitions for the first season: what are or what should be the values and approaches we take with us from EKA? What sort of institutions are the exhibition spaces that are affiliated to art universities and what questions and contradictions are apparent in our understanding of them? During our two-week period at EKA Gallery, we will present the structural and principal liberties and limitations, the distribution of roles and the lack thereof and the invisible labour inherent in exhibitions.”
 
Vent Space is a student-run project space organised by students of curatorial studies and fine art at the Estonian Academy of Arts. The team for the first year comprised Katrin Enni, Aksel Haagensen, Hanna-Liisa Lavonen, Saskia Lillepuu, Kaisa Maasik, Kati Ots, Olesja Semenkova, Silvia Sosaar and Annika Üprus. Our initial aims when establishing Vent Space were the ability to react fast, openness and a focus on experimentation, which would offer students an alternative public platform to compliment the more official function, stricter form and more rigid structure of EKA Gallery.
 
 
The public programme will include:
 
• “7 Ways to Access EKA Gallery”, guided tour (every day at 1 pm)
• “Vertical Perspectives”, guided tour (Saturdays at 2 pm, whenever upon request)
• “Artists Anonymous” support group facilitated by Xenia Ramm (Wed 29.01 and Thu 6.02 at 6 pm)
• “Thea Cleaner Cleans” performances by Ulvi Haagensen (Wed 5.02 at 4.30 pm and Sat 8.02 at 5.30 pm)
• A discussion between the EKA gallerist Pire Sova and Maarin Ektermann (Wed 5.02 at 5 pm)
 
 
Artist-curators: Katrin Enni, Aksel Haagensen, Kaisa Maasik, Kati Ots
 
Katrin Enni (1976), Aksel Haagensen (1993), Kaisa Maasik (1994) and Kati Ots (1993) are master’s students at the Estonian Academy of Arts: Katrin, Aksel and Kaisa are students in the contemporary art programme while Kati studies curatorial studies at the Institute for Art History and Visual Culture. Katrin recently started her exchange studies at the sculpture department of the Academy of Fine Arts at the University of the Arts Helsinki. Kaisa and Kati attended the Praxis programme at the same school last year. Katrin, Aksel as well as Kati have all previously been bachelor’s students at the installation and sculpture department and Kaisa has a bachelor’s degree from the photography department at EKA.
 
In 2018, they all participated in the establishment of Vent Space project space and were team members for the first season. In summer 2019, they organised an exhibition at Vent Space of works by members from the Vent Space team titled “At the End of the Workday” and in autumn 2019, Aksel and Kati curated the group show “I can’t be fucked” at Vent Space. Katrin, Aksel and Kaisa applied for the Eduard Wiiralt Scholarship last year and Aksel was one of the recipients.
 
Title of the exhibition borrowed from Maintenance Art Manifesto 1969! Proposal for an Exhibition “CARE” (1969) by Mierle Laderman Ukeles.
 
Image: Kaisa Maasik, sketches (2019–2020)
 
Supported by the Cultural Endowment of Estonia, the Student Council of the Estonian Academy of Arts, A. Le Coq
 
Thanks: Maarin Ektermann, Anders Härm, Hilja Koplimets, Karel Koplimets, Marko Nautras, Anna-Kaisa Rastenberger, Pire Sova, Airi Triisberg
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28.01.2020 — 08.02.2020

Maintenance Is a Drag

Join us for the opening of the exhibition “Maintenance Is a Drag (It Takes All the Fucking Time)” on Tuesday, 28 January at 6 pm. The exhibition will remain open until 8 February, Tue-Sat 12-6 pm.

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Maintenance Is a Drag

Tuesday 28 January, 2020 — Saturday 08 February, 2020

Join us for the opening of the exhibition “Maintenance Is a Drag (It Takes All the Fucking Time)” on Tuesday, 28 January at 6 pm. The exhibition will remain open until 8 February, Tue-Sat 12-6 pm.

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Future

31.01.2020

Open Lecture: Designer of New Balance Benjamin Moua on “Thoughtful Design”

Benjamin Moua is a NYC-based designer, maker, and creative who strives to strike a balance between form, function, and the engineering of ideas into products and experiences that people will trust and love.​​ He has worked for major brands such as Reebok, Target, Adidas, Dick’s Sporting Goods, UNIQLO, Terramar Sports, New Balance and collaborated as a designer at the Boston Marathon, and the New York City Marathon.

His commitment to learning as both a professional and as a student, has allowed him the unique opportunity to stretch his interdisciplinary design experiences from Hardlines-to-Softlines goods, Color-to-Construction, Trend-to-Merchandising, and Print&Pattern-to-Production.

His uniquely expansive career, which started in fashion, has taken turns into consumable goods, high-performance protective gear, brand management, color theory/forecasting, and everything in between.

There are no projects too small or too big, and no questions left unturned, as he shares his insights on the key role designers serve as problem-solvers to the world’s unique creative challenges, and outlines why they are essential in addressing concepts such as ‘end-user experience’, ‘sustainability’, and ‘functional design’.

His lecture on the 31st January 2020 he will talk about identifying keys to success and will be a valuable experience for the students giving them insights and new perspectives in the world of design. 

Lecture will be about an hour long with a Q&A session after giving the audience a chance to learn the secrets of global fashion and accessories industry.

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Open Lecture: Designer of New Balance Benjamin Moua on “Thoughtful Design”

Friday 31 January, 2020

Accessory Design

Benjamin Moua is a NYC-based designer, maker, and creative who strives to strike a balance between form, function, and the engineering of ideas into products and experiences that people will trust and love.​​ He has worked for major brands such as Reebok, Target, Adidas, Dick’s Sporting Goods, UNIQLO, Terramar Sports, New Balance and collaborated as a designer at the Boston Marathon, and the New York City Marathon.

His commitment to learning as both a professional and as a student, has allowed him the unique opportunity to stretch his interdisciplinary design experiences from Hardlines-to-Softlines goods, Color-to-Construction, Trend-to-Merchandising, and Print&Pattern-to-Production.

His uniquely expansive career, which started in fashion, has taken turns into consumable goods, high-performance protective gear, brand management, color theory/forecasting, and everything in between.

There are no projects too small or too big, and no questions left unturned, as he shares his insights on the key role designers serve as problem-solvers to the world’s unique creative challenges, and outlines why they are essential in addressing concepts such as ‘end-user experience’, ‘sustainability’, and ‘functional design’.

His lecture on the 31st January 2020 he will talk about identifying keys to success and will be a valuable experience for the students giving them insights and new perspectives in the world of design. 

Lecture will be about an hour long with a Q&A session after giving the audience a chance to learn the secrets of global fashion and accessories industry.

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21.02.2020 — 22.02.2020

Symposium “Prisms of Silence” at EKA in February 2020

On February 21–22, 2020, the Estonian Academy of Arts will host an international symposium titled “Prisms of Silence”. The symposium seeks to analyse and understand the prisms through which we could meaningfully reconsider significant silences. A particular interest lies in rethinking the silences about WWII, its aftermath and the Soviet era in order to explore how they could offer productive ways of understanding present social change. The main organizers of the symposium are dr Margaret Tali at the Institute of Art History and Visual Culture at the Estonian Academy of Arts, and Ieva Astahovska at the Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art. The symposium is a part of the collaborative project “Communicating Difficult Pasts” between the Institute of Art History and Visual Culture at EAA and the LCCA.

Early career humanities scholars, curators and artists are welcome to apply: see the CFP.

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Symposium “Prisms of Silence” at EKA in February 2020

Friday 21 February, 2020 — Saturday 22 February, 2020

Institute of Art History and Visual Culture

On February 21–22, 2020, the Estonian Academy of Arts will host an international symposium titled “Prisms of Silence”. The symposium seeks to analyse and understand the prisms through which we could meaningfully reconsider significant silences. A particular interest lies in rethinking the silences about WWII, its aftermath and the Soviet era in order to explore how they could offer productive ways of understanding present social change. The main organizers of the symposium are dr Margaret Tali at the Institute of Art History and Visual Culture at the Estonian Academy of Arts, and Ieva Astahovska at the Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art. The symposium is a part of the collaborative project “Communicating Difficult Pasts” between the Institute of Art History and Visual Culture at EAA and the LCCA.

Early career humanities scholars, curators and artists are welcome to apply: see the CFP.

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10.06.2020 — 12.06.2020

EKA is hosting the ESA annual conference in June 2020

The next European Society for Aesthetics Conference will take place in Tallinn on June 10-12 2020, hosted by the Estonian Academy of Arts.
This year’s keynote speakers are:
· Professor David Davies (McGill University)
· Professor Bence Nanay (University of Antwerp)
· Professor Virve Sarapik (Estonian Academy of Arts)

More information along with the CFP at the ESA homepage.

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EKA is hosting the ESA annual conference in June 2020

Wednesday 10 June, 2020 — Friday 12 June, 2020

Institute of Art History and Visual Culture

The next European Society for Aesthetics Conference will take place in Tallinn on June 10-12 2020, hosted by the Estonian Academy of Arts.
This year’s keynote speakers are:
· Professor David Davies (McGill University)
· Professor Bence Nanay (University of Antwerp)
· Professor Virve Sarapik (Estonian Academy of Arts)

More information along with the CFP at the ESA homepage.

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