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PRESS RELEASE 14.05.2014


Exhibition "Rhizope"
29 May to 24 August 2014 at the Estonian Museum of Applied Art and Design, Tallinn


Conference “Art and science – hybrid art and interdisciplinary research”
30 May to 1 June 2014, Estonian Academy of Arts, Tallinn


Organizers: Estonian Academy of Arts, Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre, Graduate School of Culture Studies and Arts


As the 21st century progresses, cooperation between art and science and various hybrid research practices is ever more in the focus. Today we are seeing scientific innovation, new technologies and cultural traditions interweaving in many of the works of art that broaden our imagination and raise new questions. Music, art, classical and computer science have found a nexus in new media, biotechnology, telecommunication art as well as in other, experimental artistic practices.


Event organizer Piibe Piirma: “Above all, there’s a need for closer cooperation between the humanities and science: an inspiring environment, a shift in the boundaries of disciplines and changes in creative thinking and research methods are leading to the need for a collectively created corpus of knowledge.“ The inception of hybrid art forms also clearly signals an openness to all disciplines of science and forms of thought – even ones that lack traditional scientific features. The objective of the conference and exhibition is to highlight the most important areas where fine arts, design, architecture and other art fields intertwine with science.

The conference – taking place at the Rüütelkonna hoone (Knighthood House) of the Estonian Academy of Arts – is open to anyone interested in listening to and discussing issues related to interdisciplinary research and hybrid art. Being a major event in its field, the conference will feature presentations by internationally acclaimed artists and figures from creative groups in doctoral programmes in Estonia. Besides the Academy of Arts Doctoral School, the academy’s architecture department is also involved as an organizer. The last word at the conference belongs to the artists who will present their works on 1 June at the Estonian Museum of Applied Art and Design.

Rhizope will run through the entire summer. Above all, the exhibition offers a science art experience, but it will also explore future directions of new art practices in the context of the intertwining of various creative and research fields. Twenty-five scholars and artists will be participating in the exhibition.

All lectures and presenters: Theodore Spyropoulos, Simon Penny, Dmitry Bulatov, Toomas Tammis, Veronika Valk, Carl-Dag Lige, Raivo Kelomees. Angelika Böck, Justina Klingaite, Terje Toomistu, Kiwa, Arash Yasdani, Varvara Guljajeva, Mar Canet Sola, Kaisu Koski, Reiner Maria Matysik, Martin Howse, Hendrik Väli, Päivi Kyllönen Kunnas, Sara Robinson, Peter Flemming, Ulrich Gehmann, Natalie Tyler, Sharyn O'Mara, Rosanne van Klaveren, Juan Manuel Castro, Polina Tšerkassova, Eldar Jakubov, Diana Rivera, Amanda de Luis, Lennart Lennuk, Paul Wiersbinski, Christian Fisher, Piibe Piirma


Supporters: European Social Fund, Estonian Academy of Arts, Cultural Endowment of Estonia, US Embassy in Tallinn, British Council and many others.

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