After success of CIRRUS 1st summer school in Norway, Sykkylven,Estonian Academy of Arts’, Department of Interior Architecture in collaboration with Estonian State Forest Management Centre and CIRRUS/Nordplus network announces a call for applications to:
5th Season Wilderness Summer School
July 29th – August 7th, 2016
Beautiful Soomaa (in English: swampland), situated in Estonia, consists of large raised bogs, flood-plain grasslands, paludified forests and meandering rivers. The territory of the Soomaa National Park is mostly covered with large mires, separated from each other by the rivers of the Pärnu River basin – Navesti, Halliste, Raudna and Lemmjõgi rivers. Life in Soomaa depends more on climate than anywhere else in Estonia. When vast amounts of water run down the uplands in springs, the rivers of Soomaa cannot contain it all. The water flows over flood-plain grasslands and forests and covers roads, disrupting connection with the rest of the world. In some years, the spring floods have risen by a meter a day for 3–4 days, quickly claiming roads, fields, and on occasion, homes. At the maximum flood level the water-covered area can be 7–8 km in diameter. Steep-sloped, raised bogs stand as islands in the water. The flood has been named the Fifth Season of Soomaa, and Karuskose, Soomaa will be the location of this unique Summer School.
The 5th Season Wilderness Summer School will be a deep and intensive examination into the minimum (spatial) necessities for humans in extreme conditions and also a testground for co-creation and construction inspired by wet conditions and locality. As the result of the Summer School, the bottomless bogs and overflowing rivers of Soomaa will be offered an island, a steady pause, a solid ground for the wanderer. The artistic floating object needs to create new values in very delicate surroundings. The object should continue to function during the highest water levels of the 5th Season, but can be tested out during the workshop on a river. The workshop will deal with movement motion – vertical and horizontal. The piece itself will be constructed during the workshop out of timber. The wooden installation will be a part of larger network of forest infrastructure organised by the State Forest Management Centre of Estonia.
Why you shouldn’t miss it
The summerschool will be tutored by an international team of architects, representing both practice and academia. The tutors will work alongside the participants guiding them through a complete architectural project — concept development, design, prototyping and construction of life–size installation in wilderness. The hands-on workshop will be unique opportunity to practice off-grid woodwork. The installation will most probably receive wide publicity like we have experienced before and will stay open for the public.