Intensive seminar “Art-based Pasts: History, memory, and artistic research Tallinn”

2 ECTS

May 26–27, 2018

Tallinn University, KUMU Art Museum

Graduate School of Culture Studies and Art (GSCSA)

 

In the contemporary academia and in the art world, interaction between science and the arts appears increasingly topical. Social and cultural studies, as well as life sciences have greeted this enlivened cooperation with considerable enthusiasm, also encouraged by research foundations that are eager to support transdisciplinary studies. In the field of art, interest in a dialogue with the scientists is likewise influenced by institutional promotion of artistic research, yet it also reflects the interest of the contemporary art world towards history and memory, technology and environment. Another major player in this field are the museums, which more and more often use artists in the production of various exhibitions.

Nevertheless, developing a more elaborated and nuanced collaboration between artists, researchers and scientists has also posed serious challenges. This postgraduate course addresses the question how to open a genuinely meaningful dialogue between artists, researchers and curators; and how to find subjects of research and projects that would be stimulating and beneficial for both sides. What is the usability of academic concepts and methods for the arts? How could the subjects and approaches developed in the arts be beneficial for researchers, as well as for museums and education?

The course draws on contemporary Eastern European representations of history and memory that have offered good examples how the arts can give voice to memories of those groups that have been marginalised and forgotten by historical discourse. Next to the histories of women, ethnic minorities, queer, etc., visual arts have also encouraged thinking about the history of non-human agents, nature and things. The course also looks at the earlier history of artistic research, examining the entanglement of arts and science throughout the twentieth century.

The course will mainly discuss various forms of visual arts, but it also welcomes postgraduate students from other fields in humanities and social sciences. The two-days programme includes lectures, seminars, and excursions.

The language of the course is English. A course fee is not required; accommodation, transportation and catering is free of charge for students of GSCSA. The course will mainly take place at the KUMU Art Museum in Tallinn. Participation with a 2000-word reflection paper (deadline June 15, 2018) gives 2 ECTS.

Speakers include: Anu Allas (Estonian Art Museum), Anders Härm (Estonian Academy of Arts), Maria Kapajeva, Uku Lember (Tallinn University), Kristina Norman (Estonian Academy of Arts), Jaanus Samma (Estonian Academy of Arts), Aro Velmet (Oxford University / University of Southern California)

To apply please send the following to Linda Kaljundi (linda.kaljundi@tlu.ee)

– short letter of motivation

– CV

The application deadline is April 27, 2018

Accepted participants will be notified by May 1, 2018 and will be provided with more information about accommodations, meals and transportation.

For additional information please contact Linda Kaljundi (linda.kaljundi@tlu.ee)

 

This event is organised by the Graduate School of Culture Studies and Arts, supported by the ASTRA project of Tallinn University – TU TEE (European Union, European Regional Development Fund).

Registration deadline: May 16, 2018.

Organiser: Linda Kaljundi (Tallinn University)

For additional information please contact Linda Kaljundi (linda.kaljundi@tlu.ee)

 

This event is organised by the Graduate School of Culture Studies and Arts, supported by the ASTRA project of Tallinn University – TU TEE (European Union, European Regional Development Fund).

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