Kevadkool “Art and Science – Hybrid Art and Interdisciplinary Research”

Art and Science – Hybrid Art and Interdisciplinary Research
March 29-31 2012,Viljandimaa, Estonia


Estonian Academy of Arts

Graduate School of Culture Studies and Art (GSCSA)

The Estonian Academy of Arts doctoral school and the Graduate School of Culture Studies and Art’s spring school 2012 will create a platform for information sharing and collaboration that will culminate in a conference and exhibition in 2014 titled ‘Art and Science – Hybrid Art and Interdisciplinary Research’. In this spring school we will investigate links between art and science and map out the course experimental science and artistic research is currently taking. The spring school will strive to create an environment for joint discussion between Ph.D. and M.A. students and research groups in various fields to participate in this interdisciplinary collaboration.

Contemporary art exists in a hybrid reality of different fields, technologies and paradigms. It is remixed with scientific innovation and tradition. It can be visual art or design, technological and material or non-material and ephemeral. As a result, we see works, which expand our imagination and understanding of artistic creativity and reality itself. Interaction between the worlds of art and science – humanities and science – has been a recurring theme in the search for the ‘third culture’. Despite a tendency towards ‘mutual incomprehension’, there are aspects of art and science, which overlap and intertwine. The interrelation between music, art, natural and computer sciences can be seen in new media art, biotechnological or telecommunication art and other contemporary artistic practices that have an experimental character. Our goal in the context of this inter- and transdisciplinary exhibition is to form a synergetic cooperation of art and science.

A detailed list of speakers and schedule will be available in March 2012.

The Preliminary Program is as follows:

Thursday, 29 March

– Orientation and introduction to the spring school, short presentations, introducing the idea of the forthcoming exhibition project.

– A film programme on the topic ‘Art & Science: Visualisation and Research’

Friday, 30 March

– Introductory presentation on ‘Science, art and design – a hybrid of practice and research’

– Doctoral and multidisciplinary project presentations, the length of each presentation is 15 minutes, followed by a joint presentation and discussion.

Saturday, 31 March

– Summaries and round table discussion.

The language of the spring school is English. A course fee is not required; accommodation, transportation and catering is free of charge for students of GSCSA. The spring school will take place at a scenic location Kopra farm in Viljandimaa. Participation with presentation gives 2 ECTS, completion of a 3500-word essay (deadline May 15, 2012) 1 ECTS.

To apply please send the following to Heili Sõrmus, .

– letter of motivation

– CV

The application deadline is February 27, 2012.

Accepted participants will be notified by March 7, 2012 and will be provided with more information about accommodations, meals and transportation. Participation is limited.

For additional information please contact , phone +3726267381