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.

CIRRUS express: Stories of our clothes (textile workshop)

CIRRUS EXPRESS COURSE

Title of course: Stories of our clothes (textile workshop)
Teaching period: 20.01.2020.-24.01.2020. 
Teacher: Annika Kiidron
ECTS: 1.5

Number of available places for CIRRUS students:  2

LevelBA / MA
VenueArt Academy of Latvia / Kalpaka bulvaris 13, Riga, LV-1050, Latvia

Language: English
Application deadline:  January 10, 2020
How to apply: Send a short motivation and some photos of your art works (could be portfolio, electronic version or web link) to the e-mail address: krista.balode@lma.lv
with subject title: Cirrus Stories of our clothes
Decisions: announced by January 14, 2020
Grant available per student: 330Eur travel (Iceland 660Eur) + 70Eur weekly
NB! Students need to bring their own laptops.

Requirements: Basic knowledge of Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and textile techniques is needed.

Course description: 

Stories of our clothes. Unconventional digital surface design for fashion items. 

Through the decades the clothing have carried secret messages. The pattern, colour, form and texture of the clothing – they all have had a very special tale to tell in our history. 

You could easily tell a story of a person just by seeing their atttire, village of origin, marriage status etc, it all was coded into clothes. Surface design and patterns of the clothing held protective patterns and secret codes from our ancestors – they belived to bring safety, good health, peace of mind and prosperity. That was one of the reasons clothes were worn until they fell apart – because they were unique personal storytellers. 

Nowadays when the fast fashion rules the world, we have almost lost our personal identity in clothing, masses all look alike. But at the same time, new generations, especially gen z are believed to be the most individualised crowd in history. 

This course will work with personal stories. How to tell a unconventional visual story in form and surface design, how to emphasize the wearers body with pattern layout. 

Now, with the digital revolution, textile surfaces can be manipulated even more, the meaning of the rapport have new dimensions. Textile artist have limitless ways to tell a story by using crossover techniques, digital tools and new technologies. The possibilities are immense. 

Additional information:

Teacher Annika Kiidron https://annikakiidron.com/

Shenkar College: Engineering. Design. Art. Israel (Multidisciplinary Design, MA) and Estonian Academy of Arts (Design and Applied Arts, MA, Fashion Design) 

Venues of the symposium – Art Academy of Latvia, Riga, city centre (Kalpaka bulvaris 13). Organizers do not offer accommodations; do not hesitate to book your stay in advance. 

Open posts in KADK

2 open posts in KADK, The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation:

1. Professorship in interaction design, digital materiality and post-industrial design at KADK

https://candidate.hr-manager.net/ApplicationInit.aspx?cid=5001&ProjectId=127610&DepartmentId=7810&MediaId=5

2. Professorship with specific responsibilities (professor WSR) within design, technology and materials with a focus on sustainability at KADK

https://candidate.hr-manager.net/ApplicationInit.aspx?cid=5001&ProjectId=127609&DepartmentId=7810&MediaId=5

Construction + Context: Digital Weaving. CIRRUS express course

Construction + Context: Digital Weaving

Level: MA
Credits: 4,5 ECTS
Course teachers: Kristina Aas and Tim Parry-Williams
Teaching period: 2-27 March 2020 (weeks 10-13)
Week 10: Monday – Wednesday
Weeks 11-12: Tuesday – Thursday
Week 13: Wednesday – Friday

Location: KMD Textile workshop (Bergen) / Innvik AS (Stryn)

Number of available places for KUNO/Cirrus students: 2

How to apply: Please send a motivation letter, CV and digital portfolio (4-8 works) to tale.vik@uib.no

Deadline: 5 January

Course description

Students will be introduced to the theories of advanced woven construction, through multiple warp and weft systems, layers and complex structures in order to create motif and image-based outcomes.

Workshop practice will include direct exploration and sampling of key principles with TC-1 and TC-2 jacquard, and digital dobby looms.

Software introduction will include: WeavePoint, Nedgraphics (Texelle / Product Creator) and the use of Photoshop, as a portfolio of digital tools.

Training will also support the development of outsource-ready digital files.

A study trip to a weaving factory will facilitate the observation and production of individual ideas at full-scale.

Goals and contents

Establish understanding of multiple warp / weft systems.

Develop working competency with relevant digital software.Develop working competency with relevant digital software. Build capacity to translate ideas to outsourced production.

Teaching and Learning Methods

Lectures. Workshop-based research and development. Industrial trialling and production. Group and individual tutoring. Peer critique.

Learning outcomes

Advanced understanding of key principles of woven textile construction. Cognitive skills in translating ideas from artistic concept to production. Professional skills in research, development and execution of projects.

Requirements for prior knowledge

Internal (KMD) applicants: Minimum of BA1 Textiles Introduction and Core Course completions. 

External applicants: MA level only

Expression of Interest through a motivation letter outlining skills, experience, and rationale.

Additional costs for the trip to Innvik factory (travel and accommodation + meals) must be covered by the participating students.

Overprint II

Foil printing workshop “Overprint II”

Dates: 20 – 24. January 2020 in EKA

Short course description

The aim of workshop is to explore the possibilities of foil-print and foil-tooling technologies, as well re-using printed matter in creating an artist book. In the course students will be introduced to techniques as hand tooling, cliché print, foil drawing, digital foil-print and other foil transferee possibilities. 

Organization of the cours

  • Presentation of techniques and materials 
  • Practical tasks, experimenting, idea sketching 
  • Making micro edition of artist-book in group work

Techers: prof. Lennart Mänd (department of Accessory design and bookbinding EKA), prof. Liina Siib (department of Graphic Art EKA)

Number of available places for Cirrus students: 2

Requirements: course is opened to BA and MA students but applicants should have finished at least 1 year at the bachelor level in design or art.

Application deadline: 10th December, 2019

How to apply: Send your full name, name of home school and name of the program you study in and a motivation letter (max 1 page), digital portfolio or homepage or some samples of you previous work to lennart.mand@artun.ee

Upon successful application, grant can be applied for like described here.