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Be an E! Volunteer!

Volunteers at work in 2011


Eksperimenta! is requesting the assistance of volunteers who would like to explain the background of youth art to visitors and help make each triennial visit an enjoyable experience!

By becoming an E! volunteer you can:
- explore the old town of Tallinn from a completely new angle – contemporary youth art in the middle of 14th century walls;
- take a look behind the scenes of a major international event;
- acquire inspiring experience, acquaintances and knowledge;
- receive a surprise gift;
- contribute to a more creative and caring world. Read more

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Eksperimenta! was looking for an Riga’s average person

Boys writing research answers. Photo: Jane Remm

From 4th to 5th of June representatives of Eksperimenta! Annely Köster and Jane Remm introduced to Latvian young people how to conduct a creative sociological research. The topic of the Riga workshop was „An average person“, it was organized by art centre „Tris krasas“. Read more

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The keynote speaker at Eksperimenta’s IDEAlaboratory James Elkins: Why art cannot be taught?

Prof. James Elkins. Photo: School of the Art Institute of Chicago. http://www.saic.edu/profiles/faculty/jameselkins/

As part of Eksperimenta! Eduko IDEAlaboratory for integrating contemporary art and education will take place from 24th to 25th October 2014 bringing together education experts, teachers, researches, artists and students. The keynote speaker of Eduko IDEAlaboratory is the internationally renowned art historian and critic James Elkins who asks why art cannot be taught.


Prof. Elkins is E. C. Chadbourne Chair of art history, theory, and criticism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He will focus on teaching and evaluating art at the Eduko IDEAlaboratory. Elkins has been interested in psychological processes of art students, criticism inside the class, the influence between student and teacher. He has been interested in what defines a good art teacher. One of his most intriguing books is entitled “Why Art cannot be taught”.

Estonian art historian Heie Treier explains how Elkins supported the visual culture studies as a possibility to rescue the art history writing from a kind of narrow, elitist, object-related and relatively boring approach. “For example, Elkins himself has experimented by analyzing an X-ray, a blade of grass, a sunset etc. while using different methods of art theory. It is quite rare that an art historian is equally interested in theory of art education,” says Treier.

Professor Elkins has held lectures in Estonia twice before – in 2005 in Tartu at the invitation of Tartu Art College and in 2010 in Tallinn at the invitation of Estonian Academy of Arts.

In addition to Professor Elkins we invite researchers and practitioners in the visual arts and art education to submit abstracts for peer-reviewed papers, presentations and practical workshops that would help to understand contemporary art and integrate it into teaching process of creative subjects. The call for papers is open until 10th of June. Topics include “The Art of Teaching” and “The Art of Evaluation”.

The Contemporary Art Triennial for School Students Eksperimenta! is a unique art event, which challenges art education to break out from the classroom and creatively interact with contemporary life and society.
The main topic of Eksperimenta! 2014 is “Art and Science”. It collects the interpretations by young artists and curators about the society, ecology up to nano technology in Tallinn Creative Hub. The authors from more than dozen countries are not professional artists but students aged 14 to 19. See more www.eksperimenta.net

IDEAlaboratory takes place as part of Eduko programme that has been launched by the Estonian Ministry of Education and Science and supported by the European Social Fund with the mission to improve Estonian teachers’ education, so that our children would have the best teachers in the world.

More info:
Annely Köster
Annely@kunstikeskus.ee
+372 502 7897

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Eduko IDEAlaboratory. Open Call

A reflection of the presentation of the main presenter of IDEAlab 2011 Sir Ken Robinson. Joonmeedia.ee

As part of Eksperimenta! Eduko IDEAlaboratory for integrating contemporary art and education will take place from 24th to 25th October 2014 bringing together education experts, teachers, researches, artists and students. We are looking for intriguing and inspiring presentations / workshops, which would lead to a better understanding of the essence of contemporary art and would contribute to integrating / translating contemporary art into the art teaching process. The length of presentations is 45 minutes, workshops 60 minutes. For teachers we have reserved a session of short presentations (up to 20 minutes) on both days to present best practices. Read more

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Meeting of partners

Visit to the future triennial area. Photo: Annely Köster

Eksperimenta! partners’ and curators’ meeting took place from 26th till 28th of September in Tallinn.

The schedule of the meeting was diverse and busy. Partners introduced their planned approach to the triennial topic Art & Science; topics and structure of the cross-border exhibition was discussed, technical partner Euronics introduced possibilities for technical support; the E! research project was conceptualized under the direction of prof Tomaž Zupancic. Furthermore, a walk to the new venues in Tallinn Creative Hub were made under the direction of Evelyn Sepp and the opening week was set to take place from 22nd – 24th of October, including IDEAlaboratory from 23rd till 24th of October.

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Open call E! 2014. Art & Science

Eksperimenta! 2014 is looking for new partners and collaborators. Open call 2014.

Focusing on the topic Space, the first E! took place in 2011. Eksperimenta! 2014 will be
held in October – November 2014 in Tallinn Creative Hub on the topic Art & Science,
integrating contemporary art, art education and different fields of sciences. Art, education
and sciences are all becoming more interdisciplinary, for example a great part of
contemporary art uses research-based approach, in education discipline-based approach is
changing into topic-based approach and new fields of sciences are born in the crossborder
of disciplines. The E! triennial offers a cooperation platform for young people, art
educators, artists, curators, and scientists, being a kind of creative laboratory where new
innovative knowledge is born. Read more

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Canadian curators discussing E! at WIA project’s seminar

On January 18, 2012, WIA Projects held a seminar on curatorial collaboration in which curators and art educators Miriam Cooley and Joanna Black discussed their role as Canadian curators in the international exhibition Eksperimenta! held in Estonia, 2011.

Read more: http://wiaprojects.blogspot.com/2012/03/eksperimenta-moment.html

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E! in German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung

"Gut eingetopft"

"Gut eingetopft"

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Video: The night before the opening day

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Video: Kanal2 news at Eksperimenta!

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Video: Eksperimenta! in ETV “Kultuuriuudised”

Eksperimenta! opening day covered in ETV “Kultuuriuudised”:

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ETV news (Rus) at Eksperimenta!

ETV news programme “Aktuaalne kaamera” (in Russian) visited the Eksperimenta! opening ceremony:

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Video: Eksperimenta! opening ceremony on ETV

ETV evening news at Eksperimenta! opening ceremony:

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Video: E! Slovenian artists on TV SLO 1

See the interviews with the award-winning curator and artists of Eksperimenta! 2011 Slovenian exposition on TV SLO 1.

E! Slovenian curator Nina Ostan

E! Slovenian curator Nina Ostan

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Eksperimenta! in The Baltic Guide

The Baltic Guide writes about Eksperimenta! in the June issue. Read the article (in Finnish) here.

E! in The Baltic Guide. Photo: Sten Jõemets/Nikon

E! in The Baltic Guide. Photo: Sten Jõemets/Nikon

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Photos of Eksperimenta! opening

Click here for Postimees’ photo gallery of Eksperimenta! opening day on April 27, 2011. Photos by Liis Treimann.

E! opening day. Photo: Liis Treimann

E! opening day. Photo: Liis Treimann

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VIDEO: Tallinna TV at Eksperimenta! opening

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Annely Köster: We are fighting against school dreariness

Annely Köster, photo: Annika Haas

Annely Köster, photo: Annika Haas

Six years ago Annely Köster, together with her colleagues at art school Sally Stuudio, dreamed about organising an art festival for young “pre-professional” artists. Now, walking around at Eksperimenta! exhibition, she is glad to find high-level contemporary art. “With the triennial, we are trying to reduce school dreariness,” says Annely, “and we sincerely hope that the ideas gathered here will bring back sparkle to children’s eyes.”

Read the article in newspaper Eesti Ekspress.

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Eksperimenta! audience prize was given to a young artist from Turkey

Dunya Aydos "Pedigree"

Dunya Aydos "Pedigree"

The Contemporary Art Triennial for School Students Eksperimenta! ended with announcing the winner of the audience prize which was given to video artwork “Pedigree” in the Turkish exposition. The triennial audience could vote for their favourite artist/artwork on Eksperimenta! Facebook page or by posting their vote into the voting box at the exhibition. Altogether 830 audience votes were given, the winning work gathered 202 votes.

In her video, 14-year-old author Dunya Aydos, whose work was chosen best by the audience out of 400 artworks at the triennial, depicts the common genetic and cultural descendence of all humans. “Nothing has been lost in space, things only change their shape. Genetic material taken from our grandparents goes through variation and reproduction upon its transfer to the future generation. According to the idea of all humans and living beings descending from common evolutionary ancestors, all humans and all living beings are members of a whole, and all connected, all of us are members of the large family. Many common words and names in the Estonian and Turkish language provide evidence for memories of living together. By using the same words and names, both countries, Estonia and Turkey, transfer a new life and cultural togetherness to the future,” the author describes in the concept of her artwork.

View the “Pedigree” video on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xR220SQAqj8

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