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IDEAlaboratory’s best practices

The IDEAlaboratory’s best practices is a platform for exchanging good experiences and well-succeeded practices in contemporary art education. You can read the practices in English or in the native language of the submitter. The registered users can freely upload practices. We also welcome not registered user to share their experiences. Please send the overview of your best practice, which includes an abstract, a couple of photos and a longer analytical description to the e-mail address: [email protected] All of the practices will be reviewed and if necessary moderate before publishing.

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Open call for Eksperimenta! 2017 partners

Deadline for submissions 10 December 2015

We invite you to apply if you are an organisation (school, university, art society, professional association, gallery etc.) that wishes to arrange for the participation of school students of your country in the 2017 Eksperimenta! triennial and would like to become an official partner and member of the Eksperimenta! network.

The Contemporary Art Triennial Eksperimenta! is a multi-level international art education project designed for students between the ages of 14 and 19, as well as artists and art teachers. The mission of E! is to support the development of critical, socially sensitive and creative thinking in society through the unification of contemporary art and art education. The main aim of Eksperimenta! is to bring art and art education closer to each other.

The next Eksperimenta! will be taking place from 22 October to 4 December 2017 in Tallinn Art Hall, the Art Hall Gallery and City Gallery under the overarching theme of “Art and Economy”.

The relationship between contemporary art and the economy is one of irritation – on the one hand, they have a similar basis in social psychology, while on the other, they have a love-hate relationship of defiance and contest. The discourse of Us vs. Them can be observed distinctly.

Art education creates an opportunity and context for discussing complex subjects. Art helps to conceptualise and comprehend a more profound, less-illuminated side that otherwise remains imperceptible, abstract in everyday haste. Sustainability, for example, is a central concept in both economics and art education. How sustainable is today’s economic model? Is the economy, the way we are accustomed to thinking of it and whose modes of action we study in economics lessons, now self-destructing? What is emerging? What awaits us?

Submission form and Submission guidelines, calendar.

More information:

Annely Köster

ann[email protected]

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See you in Tallinn in 2017!

More information available from October 2015

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P.F. 2015

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Eksperimenta! and Annely Köster, the director of E! were awarded the “Culture Deed of the Year” prize

Annely Köster. Photo: Maiken Staak

Eksperimenta! and Annely Köster, the director of E! were awarded the “Culture Deed of the Year” prize on 21st November in Haapsalu, Estonia. The award was issued for the first time by the Estonian Culture Chamber and the Ministry of Culture and celebrates an action or deed that preserves and strengthens the inner power of Estonian culture, addresses the society and joins different art, cultural and other fields of life in an innovative and wholesome way.

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Annely Köster: In Place of a Summary

Gracie and Annely Köster. Photo: Alver Linnamägi

The contemporary art triennial for school students Eksperimenta! 2014 combined the objectivity of science with the subjectivity of art. We wanted to give young people a chance to speak about what matters to them: from (il)legal drugs, alienation, (self-)censorship, media influence, sustainable development, ecology, semiotics and first impressions to observations of nature and self-reflection. A chance to speak a universal, metaphoric, visual language. Read More »

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Eksperimenta! and Annely Köster, the director of E! were awarded the “Culture Deed of the Year” prize

Eksperimenta! and Annely Köster, the director of E! were awarded the “Culture Deed of the Year” prize on 21st November in Haapsalu, Estonia. The award was issued for the first time by the Estonian Culture Chamber and the Ministry of Culture and celebrates an action or deed that preserves and strengthens the inner power of Estonian culture, addresses the society and joins different art, cultural and other fields of life in an innovative and wholesome way.

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Eksperimenta! in Euronews: “Eksperimenta!: Promoting art in education”

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Overview of Eksperimenta! in the programme Kultuurimeeter

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There is no Reason Eksperimenta! shouldn’t Expand until It Becomes the Size of the World’s Principal Art Fairs! James Elkins

Prof. James Elkins gave feedback to Eksperimenta! art work. He comments: “Eksperimenta! was fascinating. Given the move from traditional media such as painting toward media such as digital video editing, performance, and digital photography, it makes perfect sense to bridge the gap between secondary schools and the higher levels of art education. Not every artist needs to master a traditional medium in order to express herself, especially now that Garage Band, Final Cut, Photoshop, and so many other tools are widely available. There is no reason Eksperimenta! shouldn’t expand until it becomes the size of the world’s principal art fairs!”

A video comment about Latvian exhibition.

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Whatch all the videos
http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLMbULzRgnUipEp0I94eIDIWfkRCDlzPD7

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Partners’ Impressions of Eksperimenta!

We have gathered the first impressions and feedback from partners about Eksperimenta! 2014 triennial. Please read and add yours to the Comments field.


Dunya Aydos (Turkey). Lasting tracks. Photo: Alver Linnamägi

In art schools for children and young people in Finland teachers have found it somehow challenging to work under the concept of contemporary art. In this respect Eksperimenta! 2014 really surprised me with the variety of techniques, themes and methods used in the works. The first word to describe whole exhibition really is “contemporary”. I felt that something is being done in a very different way outside Finland, in a more contemporary way. I literally felt that they (the young artists) are thinking outside the box. The works exhibited at E! show us that there are no rules in contemporary art, there are endless possibilities. It doesn’t waste time trying to show what contemporary art looks like, it shows us what the world we live in looks like.
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Video Interview with the Director of Eksperimenta! Annely Köster

Joonmeedia.ee team (Siiri Taimla and Tanel Rannala) has kept an eye on Eksperimenta!. In the last video director of Eksperimenta! Annely Köster talks about the goals of Eksperimenta!.

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Eksperimenta! 2014 Jury has Awarded the Future Arts Talents

Eva Smrekar (Slovenia). Poetry is the rhythmical creation of beauty in words (Edgar Allan Poe). Photo: Alver Linnamägi

The jury of the international youth contemporary art triennial Eksperimenta! has awarded the aspiring artist awards to artists from Germany, Estonia and Turkey. The award for best curatorial work and the Canson award for young European artist were given to Latvia.

The jury members Maarin Ektermann (art researcher, head of education centre of Kumu, Estonian Art Museum), Dr. Peter Vietgen (Professor of Art Education at Brock University, Canada), Dr. Tomaz Zupancic (Professor of Art Education, University of Maribor, Slovenia) and Vano Allsalu (President of Estonian Artists’ Association, Associate Professor of Painting at Estonian Academy of Arts) were struggling to make a choice among the many highly professional artworks. So they awarded three prizes for the aspiring artists. Read More »

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Photo overview of Eksperimenta!

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Photo Overview of the Eksperimenta! Triennial

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Special Shoes

Special Shoes. Photo: Epp Pilv

The best practice of Tartu Children’s Art School shows how to design creative shoes. Read more: http://www.eksperimenta.net/post/5713/

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Supporters and partners

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New opening times

From now on Eksperimenta! exhibition in St Catherine’s will be open 12-18 on Saturdays and Sundays. Exhibition Hopner house is still open since 11.

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Media about Eksperimenta! triennial

Eksperimenta! avamine. Foto: Alver Linnamägi

Some videos and articles about Eksperimenta! triennial
Kultuur.err. ee. Video: Eksperimenta! avamine, näitus ja autasustamine (in Estonian)

Seitsmesed uudised. Tallinnas avati eksperimentaalne noortekunsti näitus (in Estonian)

Izglītība un kultūra. Latvijas ekspozīcija guvusi izcilus panākumus EKSPERIMENTA! Tallinā (in Latvian)

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Eksperimenta! jury awarded future art talents

Julius Ertelt's work "Spotted" on left. Photo: Alver Linnamägi

The jury of the international youth contemporary art triennial Eksperimenta! has awarded the aspiring artist awards to artists from Germany, Estonia and Turkey. The award for best curatorial work and the Canson award for young European artist were given to Latvia.

The jury members Maarin Ektermann (art researcher, head of education centre of Kumu, Estonian Art Museum), Dr. Peter Vietgen (Professor of Art Education at Brock University, Canada), Dr. Tomaz Zupancic (Professor of Art Education, University of Maribor, Slovenia) and Vano Allsalu (President of Estonian Artists’ Association, Associate Professor of Painting at Estonian Academy of Arts) were struggling to make a choice among the many highly professional artworks. So they awarded three prizes for the aspiring artists. Read More »

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Programme of the Opening Days

22.10 15:00–17:30 E! pre-tour “Art & Science in Tallinn”
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23.10 11:00–13:00 “Make Your Own E!” – programme for the participating youth.
Meet-up in front of St. Catherine’s Church.
Hopner house
15:00 performance “Opening the Authors”, Slovenia
15:15 performance “Opening the Authors”, Brazil
15:30 opening of the cross-border project
St. Catherine’s Church
16:00 performance “Opening the Authors”, Germany
16:15 performance “Opening the Authors”, Russia
16:30 performance “Opening the Authors”, Turkey
16:45 performance “Opening the Authors”, Finland
17:00 performance “Opening the Authors”, Latvia
17:15 performance “Opening the Authors”, Estonia
17:30 performance “Opening the Authors”, Portugal
17:45 performance “Opening the Authors”, Canada
18:00 opening ceremony
19:30-20:00 “Kolm põrsakest” (“Three Little Piglets”) presents:
science show
20:00–22:00 Stalker Festival presents: “Süntesatoorium” (“Synthesatorium”),
or an opportunity to create sounds on various self-made
analogue synthesizers and design a unique atmosphere of
communication and sound.
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24.10 Eduko IDEAlaboratory: the art of teaching.
Nordic Hotell Forum, Viru Square 3.
Triennial is open between 11:00-18:00.
St.Catherine’s Church and Hopner House.
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25.10. Eduko IDEAlaboratory: the art of assessment.
Nordic Hotell Forum, Viru Square 3.
Triennial is open between 11:00-18:00.
St.Catherine’s Church and Hopner House.
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26.10. Triennial is open between 11:00-18:00.
St. Catherine’s Church and Hopner House.
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