CIRRUS express course at Art Academy of Latvia (LMA) / Dialogue 8-17 September, 2020

DIALOGUE (ceramics wood firing workshop)

Teaching period:  08.09 – 17.09.2020(8th Sept. – Arrival, 17th Sept. – Departure)
Teacher(s): LAA Prof. Dainis Lesins,  asoc.prof.Dainis Pundurs, asoc.prof. Ainars Rimicans, asoc.prof. Liga Skarina, asoc.prof. Eugenia Loginova. 

ECTS:  1,5

Number of available places for CIRRUS students: 2
Grant available: 2×70 EUR weekly rate + travel grant 330 EUR (Iceland 660 EUR). When you have been confirmed of the seat, please fill in the application form found here: https://cirrus.artun.ee/mobility-for-students/. It needs to be signed by your home coordinator and yourself and sent to sandra.mell@artun.ee along with the confirmation e-mail from LMA

Level: BA / MA 

Requirements: to prepare two project drawings for your art objects upon the arrival. 

Your individual working tools and work clothes shall be taken along with you.

Application deadline: 20.08.2020. The results will be announced on 21.08.2020.

How to apply: 

Please send a short motivation letter (mention also your full name, home university, study level, contacts) and some photos of your art works (could be portfolio, electronic version or web link) to the e-mail address: sympo.lv@gmail.com

Course description: 

The course is envisaged as a part of an international ceramic symposium, during which an intensive programme will be carried out. The students will be given a unique possibility to be introduced to professional artists, their oeuvre.  Programme includes lectures, workshops, professional practice, wood kiln firing – high temperature soda wood firing, attendance of museums, galleries and the participation at the POP-UP exhibition on the end of the symposium. 

Assignment: This year’s theme of the symposium “Dialogue” invites artists to create small sculptural works (H about 30cm) using ceramic material, but find new, non-traditional shape, thus paying attention to the multifunctionality of the material as well as the artistic expressions. 

Envisaged results: students will obtain the knowledge in the field of ceramics materials and woodfiring technologies by practically developing the project in ceramics. The project works will be displayed at the exhibition.

Additional information:

Venues of the symposium – a splendid and picturesque resort by the seaside in Jurmala. 

 For all the group the guest house will be rented. Participation fee is compulsory for all the participants, for students (with a discount) – 180 Euro. It covers costs of accommodation in double room, working materials and firing. Catering is not provided, but each room is equipped with fridge, teapot, microwave.

Job opportunity at HDK-Valand: Head of Design Unit

Head of the Design Unit

Diary id: PAR 2020/740
Employment level: Fixed term
Location: HDK-Valand
Apply by: 2020-08-06

On 1 January 2020, Valand Academy and HDK – School of Design and Crafts merged to form the HDK-Valand – Academy of Art and Design. We are now looking for a visionary head to lead the design unit at HDK-Valand.
https://www.gu.se/english/about_the_university/job-opportunities/vacancies-details/?id=6137

Over the coming year, the Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts is conducting a change project aimed at creating an attractive programme, research and work environment for future students, employees and partners. Read more about the Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts and HDK-Valand here.

The Design Unit at HDK-Valand hosts an interdisciplinary Bachelor’s program and three research-oriented international Master’s programmes in Design (Design, Child Culture Design, Embedded Design) as well as a series of free-standing courses. Historically, the unit is rooted in the Gothenburg Slöyd Association’s School, which was established in 1848, and and the unit is located in Hedlund’s beautiful Art Nouveau building in Kristinelundsgatan in central Gothenburg with the Röhsska Museum as nearest neighbor.

HDK-Valand was among the first in the Nordic countries to embrace the modern concept of design and to establish a research environment and doctoral education. The Design Unit has proud traditions in collaboration with regional design industries as well as international design schools. Design research and design teaching at HDK-Valand have a strong focus on sustainable development and social responsibility. Empathy, experimentation, and the encounter with audiences and the design public are central in research methodology as well as in pedagogical practice.

Job description

The position primarily is to lead and develop the unit after the merger and towards fulling the Arts2025 vision. Major focus is on working with staff to develop the subject and the range of programme and course offerings within the unit, developing an inspiring and productive research environment, creating a good work environment and developing the organisation and its practices. The position’s responsibilities require clear communication and experience in working with development and change at group and individual levels.

The leadership assignment includes driving change and development work at unit, department, and faculty levels, participating in the management group, leading and supporting teaching staff, and coordinating work within the unit with the rest of the university and external partners.

The head of the unit has delegated staff and budget responsibility for about 40 employees (teachers, researchers and doctoral students) at the unit. The management assignment is planned to total 80% of full-time. Remaining time can be used for teaching, research or development projects, in consultation and in agreement with the head of department.

Work assignments include outreach and development of networks and collaborations both within and outside the university.

Eligibility

The position requires experience and demonstrated ability to lead staff and operations and to successfully drive change processes, experience working with the design field and experience from teaching.

Assessment criteria

Particular emphasis is placed on leadership experience, documented ability to lead staff and organisations and the ability to successfully drive change processes.

Educational expertise and artistic expertise are of equal importance, and the following criteria will be given particular emphasis:

  • ability to lead and facilitate collaboration and artistic and artist-led group processes
  • documented ability to lead and develop external partnerships
  • active participation in international and/or national networks within the field
  • documented experience of teaching at university level and experience in developing programmes, course content and examination forms
  • documented research competence and/or competence within artistic development as well as research management experience from a university or art school context or from research and development within another relevant sector
  • experience in developing education in interdisciplinary contexts
  • participation in relevant national and international networks within design practice and research

The assessment of applicants will examine personal suitability for the position and administrative abilities.

The university environment is primarily Swedish speaking, but the Design unit is in part international, which means you need to be able to lead and communicate in both Swedish/Scandinavian and English, both in written and spoken forms. If you do not have a command of Swedish, language courses will be offered.

If you lack training related to teaching and learning in higher education, you will be expected to attend such training or validate the equivalent existing skills.

After an overall assessment, the applicant deemed to have the best potential to carry out the position’s assignments will be chosen. Particular emphasis is placed on personal suitability.

Employment


You will be employed as a lecturer in Design and have an assignment as Head of Unit. At the University it is possible to apply for promotion to Senior lecturer.

The position is time limited to five years accordingly to Högskoleförordningen 4kap §10 Lärare inom konstnärlig verksamhet. The position is a full time position located at HDK-Valand. Start date is on a date agreed upon by both parties.

Appointment procedure

The selection process might involve interviews, tests and asking for references.

For questions about the position, contact

Troels Degn Johansson, Head of Department
+46-(0)31-7862231
troels.degn.johansson@gu.se

Therese Vestlund, Human Resources Officer 
+46-(0)31-7865109 
therese.vestlund@akademinvaland.gu.se

Union organisations

Union representatives at University of Gothenburg can be found here: https://www.gu.se/english/about_the_university/job-opportunities/union-representatives

Applications

You apply for the position through the University of Gothenburg’s recruitment portal by clicking on the “Apply” button. As an applicant, you are responsible for ensuring that your application is complete in accordance with the advertisement for the position and that it is submitted to the university by the closing date. Any documents that cannot be submitted in electronic form are to be sent in triplicate with registration number to:

University of Gothenburg
ATT. Therese Vestlund 
HDK-Valand
Box 131
405 30 Gothenburg

We wish your application to be written in English.

Applications are to be received no later than: 6 August 2020

The University of Gothenburg works actively to promote an equal work environment and values highly the qualities diversity brings with it.

The university sets salaries on an individual basis.

In accordance with the directions of Sweden’s National Archive Office, the university is obliged to store application documents for two years after the appointment decision. If an applicant for a position specifically requests the return of the documents, the documents will be sent back after these two years; otherwise they will be disposed of.

About Us

Together with the Academy of Music and Drama, HDK-Valand forms Scandinavia’s largest faculty of fine, applied and performing arts, with unique breadth to its artistic education and research. The departments are located in central Gothenburg and work closely with local and regional cultural organisations, a wide-ranging international network and many international collaborators. Read more about HDK-Valand on the Academy’s website.

CIRRUS Leadership meeting May 27, 2020

CIRRUS meeting in UIB, Norway, 2019

We invite you to participate at the CIRRUS Leadership meeting online 

May 27, 2020

12 Icelandic
14 Danish/Swedish/Norwegian
15 Lithuanian/Latvian/Estonian/Finnish time.

Agenda:

Introduction:
– ”Tour de school”: A brief round of the 18 member schools – 3 minutes each

Small group discussions: 
– Academic study year 2020/21 and how to restart
– Situation with the foreign students

General re-cap: 
– What we want to take with us from the current experience as institutions and as a network

Please 
register due May 20, 2020. 
We will send a Zoom link to everyone who has signed up. 

(Registration form link https://docs.google.com/
forms/d/e/
1FAIpQLSeqBqBvzLCm7YM7igmND-
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)

Organising team:

CIRRUS board:
Chair:
Lone Dalsgaard Andre, lda@dskd.dk,
Kolding School of Design

Maria Göransdotter, maria.goransdotter@umu.se
Umea University, Umea Institute of Design
Sigrún Alba Sigurðardóttir, sigrunalba@lhi.is
Iceland University of the Arts
Martin Sønderlev Christensen, mach@kadk.dk
The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Architecture, Design, and Conservation
Kristjan Mändmaa, kristjan.mandmaa@artun.ee

CIRRUS promotes:

Researchers within the field of artistic research are welcome to submit proposals for presentations at this year’s symposium on artistic research. The symposium is arranged on 25–26 November at HDK Valand, University of Gothenburg. We can receive proposals for presentations up until 15 June.

This year’s symposium on artistic research is about the opportunities and challenges involved in collaboration, and will take place 25–26 November at HDK Valand, University of Gothenburg. Researchers within the field of artistic research can now submit proposals for presentations. The symposium will be held in both Swedish and English.

Please send your application – in Swedish or English – to Niclas Österlind. The deadline is 15 June.

In order to deepen the discussion about the theme of the symposium Working Together we welcome all persons interested to propose presentations within two different formats: Actualisations and Conversations.

Actualisations

Actualisation is a presentation format intended to place (aspects of) the work itself at the centre, and make the character of practice-based research more present at the symposium. The format is based on an actualisation of the work, accompanied by a brief talk or discussion. We welcome different modes of actualisations, including exhibitions (for instance posters, prints and objects), staging, workshops, talks, presentations or other modes.

Each session will include 2 or 3 projects (30–45 minutes for each).

Submissions shall be formatted as extended (1000 word) abstracts that outline the research project and the work to be actualised. The extended abstract should also include a short description of the practical requirements for the actualisation of the work.

Conversations

The aim of the conversation format is to create opportunities for open exchange, new perspectives and insights in artistic research. The format is meant to be experimental, and sessions may therefore range from more traditional panel discussions to workshops conducted in an actual workshop or studio.

A conversation is hosted by 3–5 catalysts, who frame and facilitate a 1–2 hours session.

Submissions will be in the form of extended (1000 word) abstracts including:

  • a list of 3–5 confirmed catalysts, including their job titles and their roles for this session
  • the title and description of the topic that you will address
  • the research issues in focus during the session
  • a description of the set-up of your session
  • a description of the type of space and equipment required

After the session, catalysts will be asked to submit a short reflective documentation of the session, focusing on the contributions of the participants to be added to the proceedings.

Application and review process

Please send your application Niclas.ostlind@vr.se. The deadline is 15 June.

All submissions will be assessed through a peer review process, and the abstracts will be added to the proceedings. Feedback will be given on 1 September.

All information here.

KUNO+CIRRUS+NBAA online get-together

On behalf of KUNO, CIRRUS and NBAA, we are inviting you to an online and relaxed get-together of Nordplus coordinators. (No stress if you can’t make it).

Let’s meet on April 28,2 2020:
12.00 Scandinavian / 13.00 Baltic/Finnish / 10.00 Icelandic time on Zoom

We propose a short tour de table of:

– state of affairs during the virus outbreak
– future internationalisation (exchanges, incoming and outgoing students and staff)
– follow-up on Nordplus digital mobility opportunities
– AOB

For us to know who’s coming, please register here
by April 23. 

We’ll then send an invitation link to the meeting to everyone who has signed up on April 27. 
Zoom doesn’t need to be downloaded for being able to participate. 

Best of health to you all,

Alma Ragnarsdottir, alma@lhi.is
Sandra Mell, sandra.mell@artun.ee

CIRRUS mobility updates during turbulent times

  • CIRRUS/Nordplus mobility 2019 agreement has been prolonged until May 31, 2021 (instead of September 30, 2020). All activities – projects and teacher/student mobilities alike – may take place also in 2020/2021 (in parallel with the new agreement due to arrive in May)
  • Digital mobility announced by Nordplus – possibility to buy soft-and hardware if needed, to make N+ mobility happen in digital formats.
  • CIRRUS online network meeting will happen in May/June 2020.

    More information from: sandra.mell@artun.ee

Nordplus New Digital Mobility option and more on Covid 19

17.03.20 
https://nordplusonline.org/eng/News2/NEWS-AND-ARCHIVE/Nordplus-New-Digital-Mobility-option-and-more-on-Covid-19
Author: Eva Einarsdóttir 

The spread of the COVID-19 virus has naturally raised questions among project managers and individuals who have received funding from Nordplus. For this reason, the Nordplus National Agencies wish to convey the following message regarding participants’ trips that are currently underway or ahead.

It is clear that Nordplus mobilities and other Nordplus project activities will be affected in the coming weeks and months. Nordplus beneficiaries are encouraged to keep a close eye on information on their respective national authorities’ websites and follow the recommendations given there.

Promoters evaluate to the best of their ability whether trips will be delayed due to the virus. Irreversible costs for travel that occur due to the virus and fall on Nordplus projects will normally be accepted as project costs in the final report even if the trips have not been completed.

We ask all the Nordplus project coordinators who are forced to change their plans to send a written explanation to their respective Nordplus National Agency or the sub-programme ‘s administrator informing about the change to their projects.

The National Agency handles such requests individually but draws attention to the fact that the approved grant cannot exceed the total amount allocated to the project.

It is important that all data (proof of cost) is kept available in order to document the reasons why the project has changed its plans.

Digital activities

Nordplus would also like to draw the attention to the following extraordinary changes to the Nordplus regulation:

– In mobility projects: “Digital mobility” will exceptionally by accepted as “regular mobility” from now and until the end of June 2020

– In collaboration projects: Costs linked to on-line meetings replacing planned physical meetings will exceptionally be accepted from now and until the end of June 2020. 

-Beneficiaries with open grant agreements will also have the option of extending the project period to be able to carry out postponed activities.

Approved funding for “digital activities” can be used for direct costs such as IT-support service or to purchase needed hardware and/or software or indirect cost such as training for participants. Approval of these costs will be a temporary exception from the general Nordplus funding rules set out in the handbook due to the exceptional situation created by the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Approved funding for “digital implementation” cannot exceed the grant that has been allocated to the “original implementation” of a given activity.    

This will apply for active projects/networks (2017, 2018 and mostly 2019 allocation – not for future 2020 agreements).

Do not hesitate to contact the Nordplus office closest to you for further information or clarification.

https://www.nordplusonline.org/Contact

POSTPONED: CIRRUS annual network meeting and Teachers seminar. March 18 – 20, 2020

CIRRUS annual Teachers seminar and network meeting.
Tallinn, March 18–20, 2020
Estonian Academy of Arts
Põhja pst 7, Tallinn 10412


NEW SKILLS. Preparing for Uncertainty

P R O G R A M M E

Programmes of Individual Working Groups
1. Leadership meeting (Thu, March 19, 14.00 – 18.00)

NEW SKILLS

Preparing for Uncertainty

Design education is constantly evolving. From local craft schools of early 20th century to current international and trans-disciplinary academies, the speed of change has picked up pace. What constitutes a design curriculum in these uncertain times? What skills do our students really need in the future?

Next to traditional studies on form and aesthetics, new topics emerge from collaborations with other fields such as natural and social sciences, business, law, etc. Joint projects bind together very different kind of knowledge. Cultural variety of our schools has dramatically increased. Changes in environment and politics bring new responsibilities. Designers’ skill-set are endlessly expanding. We are expected to be makers, artists, scientists, managers, facilitators, advisers, engineers, marketers, builders, visionaries, psychologists, leaders, custodians, technologists, philosophers… in a word, experts in everything. Brand new programs and schools are emerging, new avenues of research opening up everywhere. 

In Tallinn, we invite everyone to celebrate and to exchange experiences about new pedagogical formats and discourses, about skills taught in your schools.

We also encourage a discussion: what’s the relationship of traditional and new design skills in current design education? Is the identity of a designer dissolving or emerging?

Who’s welcome to join the discussion? Everyone who values skills and values combining them; teachers of exciting multi-. cross-, inter- and transdisciplinary courses; everyone involved in curriculum development and pushing boundaries of design; heads of programs and study modules.

Keywords: preparing students for uncertainty, life after graduation, teaching and assessment in the future, what’s important for teachers/students, new identities, communication of cultures, cooperation, engagement with society, social responsibility, sustainable development.


General timeframe:


REGISTRATION FORM (the registration has been completed)
Please register due February 13, 2020.
Participation fee to cover coffee-breaks, lunches and dinners is 100 EUR per person. Excursion fee for extra fee 50 EUR.

Hotel information:
We have prebooked Swissotel Tallinn at a discount rate. When booking, please refer to “CIRRUS”.
Reservations should be made by e-mailing to Reservations.Tallinn@swissotel.com or by calling: +372 624 0000.
Discount rates:
March 17 – 19 = 105 EUR a night
March 20 = 110 EUR a night
Hotel reservations will be held until February 13, 2020.

Getting around:
Tram No 4 connects the airport (direction Tondi) to the hotel, station “Paberi”. Ticket purchased from the driver costs 2 EUR, green SMART card may be purchased from the R-Kiosk at the airport or port for 2 EUR, which enables you to buy e.g a 5-EUR three-day ticket for public transport in Tallinn. The green card may be returned to the R-Kiosk at departure in the port or airport.
Taxi between 7-10 EUR.
Commuting to EKA, Põhja pst 1 from Swissotel:
Walking route, 30 minutes
Tram no 2 (direction Kopli) from “Paberi” to “Põhja puiestee” stop, 15 minutes. Tram departs in every 7 minutes.
Taxi (5-7 EUR), 10 minutes

Support to participation:
CIRRUS will support from mobility funds the participation of two teachers per institution at the seminar, covering the travel / hotel up to the following rates: Iceland 600 EUR per person, the other members 300 EUR per person. These sums can be applied for by filling in and sending the teacher mobility form to the CIRRUS coordinator by the sending institutions’ CIRRUS coordinator. The sums will be paid to the sending institutions’ account.

Optional tour on Friday night:
Rright after General Assembly 2, the ones who have signed up to Friday night excusion, will depart from the academy to Arvo Pärt Centre guided tour and dinner at Laulasmaa Spa. (appr 15.30 – 21.00)
Note: excursion for extra cost of 50 EUR.

CERAMIC SHELL BRONZE CASTING

Express course

The Faculty of Telšiai (Vilnius Academy of Arts) is hosting a Cirrus express course: “Ceramic shell bronze casting”.

Teachers: David Snoo Wilson (Royal College of Art, UK) 
Level: BA/MA
Teaching period: from the 17th of March to 27th of March, 2020. 
ECTS: 3 ECTS
Number of available place for Cirrus students: 5
Muziejaus st. 29a, Telšiai (270 km away from Vilnius), Lithuania

Grant: 330 EUR travel / 660 EUR Iceland travel+70 EUR weekly

The Jewellery and Metal department of the Academy of Arts will host a workshop on the process of lost-wax casting in bronze, using the ceramic shell method. The course will be taught by David Snoo Wilson, formerly of the Royal College of Art foundry. Students from all Cirrus institutions are invited to attend the course.

Course Content:

The materials will cost 20 Euro for each participant after arrival

The course aims to provide an introduction an understanding to the methods and materials of ceramic shell bronze casting; students will be guided in safely taking their sculpted or cast wax form towards a finished, small bronze object or sculpture. This includes: 

-Overview of the foundry process
-Mould making
-Wax working
-Using ceramic shell for investment
-How to set up a small foundry
-pouring of hot metal
-finishing and basic platination 

The course is led over ten days, allowing time to experiment with materials and process, so the scale of the sculptures should be manageable within the time: the size of a hand or smaller. Students will develop their ideas, each applying the principles to their own practice towards a new work in the medium, discussing and displaying them together. 

Students are asked to direct their work towards the chosen theme: ‘Alchemy and Foundry: The Transformative Power of Fire and the Furnace’. During the course, talks relating to the content will take place. 

Applications should include your name, surname, home school, study year and level, a motivation statement (max 250 words), a link to your portfolio and CV and phone number.
All applications should be sent to 
r.vaitkute@gmail.com

EXTENDED Deadline to apply: March 2, 2020 

About the teachers: 

David Snoo Wilson is a founder and artist that has been teaching  bronze casting for the last 10 years, most recently at the Royal College of Art, London, UK. Uniquely at the heart of his studio practice is the beautiful alchemy of melting metal. Specializing in bell casting and surrounding technology, he uses a mobile foundry to cast bells in many locations outside of the traditional industrial set up, creating a spectacle and a show. 

Design Camp CIRRUS express Masterclass in Kolding

We have an offer for your Master students!

From Monday 27 January to Friday 7 February, 2020 we run a Masterclass called DesignCamp 2020 – future scenarios focusing on Industry 4.0 companies to develop near-future scenarios of their technologies. Students will approach the challenges through the themes Design for Planet, Design for People and Design for Play.

4 companies will participate and they will be presented for 3 solutions to their challenges. The three solutions will be representing Planet, People and Play.

The 4 companies are:

–          Leap Technology

–          Nord Modules

–          Danish Wind Power Academy

–          Re-Circle

Your master students are more that welcome to participate! Since there is not that long time to it takes place then just ask your students to mail me if they are interested and then I will take it from there. The more the better! Deadline is 18 January.

Support: 330 EUR travel/660 EUR + 70 EUR weekly

Interested CIRRUS students to email Anette Flinck af@dskd.dk due Jan 18, 2020 about your interest.

Design Camp CIRRUS express Masterclass in Kolding (MA level only)

CIRRUS express for MA students

From Monday 27 January to Friday 7 February we run a Masterclass called DesignCamp 2020 – future scenarios focusing on Industry 4.0 companies to develop near-future scenarios of their technologies. Students will approach the challenges through the themes Design for Planet, Design for People and Design for Play.

4 companies will participate and they will be presented for 3 solutions to their challenges. The three solutions will be representing Planet, People and Play.

The 4 companies are:

–          Leap Technology

–          Nord Modules

–          Danish Wind Power Academy

–          Re-circle

Interested CIRRUS students to e-mail to af@dskd.dk due January 18, 2020!