The Disaster Artist

The Disaster Artist /CIRRUS

Exploring artistic means in dealing with crises 

Teacher: Uta Reicharrdt, PhD and research fellow at the Institute for Sustainability Studies, University of Iceland 

Number of available places:2 

Ects: 2

Level: BA (MA students are welcome to apply also)

Location: Þverholt 11, 105 Reykjavík
Teaching period: January 6 – 17, 2020


With the growing impact of natural events on societies more and more people are in need for ways of coping when hazards strike. Society´s resilience is the ability to recover and bounce back after a disastrous event – this course explores the ways art can contribute to resilience in times of crises.  

The course presents students to the main concepts of disaster research, drawing from the fields of earth sciences, environmental studies, sociology, health sciences, psychology and cultural studies. It covers factors important in dealing with the aftermath of an extreme event. These include the role of psychological first aid, communication, media, art and spirituality in coping with hardship, tragedies and trauma. 

It will look at examples on how art and design – be it graphic design, audio, writing, fine art – can come into the process of disaster risk management to develop the students´ own project. 

How to apply

Please submit your application and motivation statement no later than 24th November 2019.

Click here  to enter the online application.
Students who have been successful with their application, can find information about grant practicalities here:

Behaviour and Transformation /CIRRUS

Behaviour and Transformation /CIRRUS
Teacher: Ari Marteinsson 
Host: Iceland University of the Arts
Number of available places: 2

Ects: 2
Level: BA (MA students are welcome to apply also)
Location: IUA campus in Þverholt
Teaching period: January 6 – 17, 2020


People aren’t dumb. The world is hard. 
Richard Thaler 

 We would like to believe that our decisions are logical and mainly determined by what we believe is good and worth pursuing. But in fact, we all make bad decisions every day. We eat unhealthy, we are late to our appointments, we exercise too little, we do not recycle, we spend too much time on our telephones, we gnaw our nails, we procrastinate rather than doing our school projects, we call our parents too seldom, and this list could go on – we do all of this while knowing better.

But how can we transform the behaviour of ourselves and others? How can we work with space, systems, graphics, technology, service to affect behaviour?

In this course, the basics of behaviour will be discussed as well as how people’s behaviour can be influenced. The aim of the course is that students research, map, analyse, design, make prototypes and tests for possible solutions. Our platform will be the Icelandic Academy of the Arts and its environment and the students in the course choose the challenges they want to work on themselves.

How to apply

Please submit your application and motivation statement no later than 24th November 2019.

Click here to enter the online application.
Students who have been successful with their application, can find information about grant practicalities here:

Urban Space Gaming workshop

School of Arts, Design and Architecture / Aalto University
Helsinki, Finland

3-7 February, 2020

CIRRUS Nordic-Baltic Network of Art and Design Education

Below, info on the workshop to be arranged at the School of Arts, Design and Architecture of the Aalto University in Helsinki, Finland as a collaboration of three art universities and countries: Aalto Arts – (main organizer), Iceland University of the Arts – and VDA Vilnius Academy of the Arts, Lithuania –

In addition to students from this year’s host (the Aalto University), five students from Iceland, five students from Lithuania and five students from other Nordic/Baltic countries are able to participate. The CIRRUS network will pay travel and accommodation costs.

If you want to participate, please email by DECEMBER 1, 2019 a brief statement of why you wish to participate and an overview of your skill set as it relates to the topic. We are particularly interested in participants with animation skills and/or experience working with pervasive gaming / augmented reality. The results of the selection will be communicated by 31st of November and for those selected also information on travelling arrangements.

Tentative travel dates:

Saturday 1st February or Sunday 2nd February –
Sunday 9th February, 2019

Workshop description:

Urban Space Gaming
Level: BA/MA
Duration: 5 days

2 ECTS credits

Tutors: Tarja Nieminen (Finland), Sam Rees (The UK, Iceland), Lode Coen (Belgium), Ausra Lisauskiene (Lithuania) and visiting lecturers


In terms of civilization history, games and gaming represent one of the oldest means of human communication and interaction, and at the same time, they are more contemporary and relevant than ever.

The key element in gaming is involvement: games are social, so players interact meaningfully with each other and games often help to bridge the communication/conversation gap. Games are not only “games” but also go beyond their immediate purpose: they embody living popular tradition

due to their ability to renew and adapt to new times and new customs. The workshop is relevant, not only because of its adaptable topic, but also educationally when considering current notions of designer´s roles as a content developer, author, producer, activist, and collaborator, and agent of change.

The workshop theme is communication and intervention in public space
by means of participatory games and act of playing – in other words, it looks at the gamification of urban and social design. In the workshops, the participants will create concepts for different kinds of participatory games taking place within public spaces.

The overall aim of the workshop is to generate interaction between students and
the local people as well as between the people and their surroundings.
The aspects to be taken into consideration are:
1. Public space intervention,
2. Interaction among people and between people and spaces,
3. To encourage people to improve their physical environment,
4. Explore ways to communicate e.g. on cultural and historical awareness, as well as social issues
5. Public space appearance improvement by means of art and design, and
6. Alternative ways of mapping, guiding or way finding.

The main output of the workshop will be a number of game concepts, game mock-ups or in some cases actual games played out in the urban environment. The final presentation should involve dynamic visualizations of the concept to showcase clearly the intent and possibility of the project.

Some of the final game concepts may be transferable, but some of them will probably be more site specific. Ultimately, there will not be any preconceived notions of the kind of the game participants should design – the concepts could include for example, games which involve growing things, games which expand in time, games which utilize augmented reality or games which use other pervasive gaming strategies. In addition to the presentation of the final game/game concepts, there will be a blog created,
showcasing the results of the workshop online.

(More info will be provided to those who will participate).

FULL! The seats have been taken. Thank you for your interest in using CIRRUS for EKA Design Hackathon

5 seats avaliable for CIRRUS students at EKA Design Hackathon.
First come, first served.
CIRRUS grant: 330 EUR travel (Iceland 660) + 70 EUR for living costs. The grant will be delivered to your home institution’s account and they are responsible for paying it out to you.
(More students are welcome to join in without a grant).
Apply through the link and under question: “FACULTY / UNIVERSITY / ORGANISATION”, mention first CIRRUS and then your institution, e.g
CIRRUS – Estonian Academy of Arts

EKA Design Hackthon takes place in Estonian Academy of Arts 1.11 – 3.11 and is dedicated to students of The Faculty of Design but opened to everyone who is interested.

A hackathon is a 48 hours long intensive event where students from different faculties work together in order to find design solutions for real life problems.

Although this is a general design hackathon we encourage the participants to think about futuristic solutions and use their imagination to come up with solutions that would feel innovative also in 2035.

Your idea could be a new alternative in the world of materials and textile, an advanced view of the ways things are engineered, a program or part of code that makes designing more efficient or anything else you can possibly come up with.

The event is free of charge, food is provided and experienced mentors are available throughout the event.

When registering explain your idea, write down the possible materials you may want to use and bear in mind that all the workshops are opened for the whole weekend. Don’t hesitate if you don’t have an idea yet, your skills are as valuable!

Event link to the pre-event:

This event is funded by European Union Regional Development Fund.

Register here:

Call for Secretariat, deadline December 1, 2019

Estonian Academy of Arts

After three years at the Estonian Academy of Arts, there is an open call for secretariat for 2020-2023 (period June 1, 2020 – June 1, 2023).

The network activities are coordinated by secretariat that is placed in one of the member organizations (currently in Estonian Academy of Arts) for 3 years with an opportunity to re-apply.
The secretariat is financed 50% from the membership fees, (currently 1000 EUR per year per institution as of 2019) and may receive additional funding from other available sources, such as Nordplus, (5% from each annual contract)  annual allocation or some other programme linked to the network activities. 

An overview of the tasks of the secretariat can be found in CIRRUS Collaboration Agreement. 


The guidelines for the CIRRUS secretariat state that:
· The secretariat is placed at one of the member institutions for three years with the  possibility to re-apply. 

· The secretariat is obliged to carry out tasks connected to the network functioning:
– Composing and submitting the annual applications and reports to the Nordic Council of Ministers.
– Administrating and managing the network’s funds: the grant received from Nordplus and network’s own finances. – Transferring mobility grants and project money to the member institutions in accordance with the programme’s rules and decisions made by the network. 

– General coordinating of the network projects and collaboration projects 

– Organising network’s annual meetings and teachers seminars in cooperation with the board of the network 


Interested CIRRUS institutions must submit a written application including statement of motivation (max 400 words). Motivations should be submitted to the chair of the board Lone Dalsgaard Andre  no later than  December 1, 2019. After this deadline all valid applications are accessible to all CIRRUS members and the decision will be taken at the election taking place at the network meeting in Tallinn 2020.

Statement of motivation – requirements
A statement of motivation for the secretariat should 

• Include a vision and ideas on how secretariat’s support of the network may be developed further.

• Reflect institutional commitment (written statement from the home institution)

Further information and application to be sent  to:

Lone Dalsgaard Andre
Chair of the CIRRUS board

Call for Cooperation Projects

apply due Friday, November 15, 2019

  • CIRRUS board has looked into different opportunities that would enhance our cooperation with the mobility funding that CIRRUS has received from Nordplus. 
  • This is an opportunity for teachers and staff to apply for travel grants and accommodation for initiatives that aim to explore a shared interest or theme. 
  • There is a budget of max 5000 EUR per course/event/seminar
    Total budget allocated from CIRRUS/Nordplus funds from this round: 15 000 EUR 

What is it about?

If you have a colleague in another school, or a circle of partners with whom you would like to conduct a course / seminar / workshop you are welcome to apply for these CIRRUS mobility grants. 

What is required? 

You need to be working at a school that is part of the Cirrus network, and you need to include  members from other partner schools in your event, either staff, or students, or both. When you apply, you need to estimate the number of participants in your event, and in your budget, apply for the funding to cover that. The participants from other schools can then use the grants for travel and accommodation to the event.  For example: 2 schools would like to host a workshop and invite 4 students + a teacher from a CIRRUS partner., We encourage you to apply for grants for this particular occasion. The occasion, in case you include students, must give ECTS/credit points.


Give a short description of your proposed event, and make a budget estimate based on the number of participants you wish to include. Please specify if specific member schools are included, and/or if the event will be open for all member schools. Note: the maximum budget per event is 5000 EUR.

Please submit an application with a budget HERE due November 15, 2019.
You will hear back from us by December 1, 2019


The applications will be evaluated by CIRRUS board. We are prioritizing applications:

  • From Schools which have not been very active in CIRRUS network before.
  • Applications that aim at supporting continuous collaboration. 
  • Applications bringing together a bigger number of schools and participants.

Important notice on distributing the grants: 

The grants will be paid out by CIRRUS coordinator (EKA) to the home institution that is organizing the event , based on the single mobility applications found on CIRRUS web site

Since we are basically distributing CIRRUS mobility grants, it must be clear that the applications can only be submitted for short-term mobility from CIRRUS member schools (students and teachers alike). The organisers have a right, basing on Nordplus handbook, to scale down the maximum Nordplus grant amounts (i.e for a trip between Gothenburg and Oslo you will allocate 150, between Helsinki and Gothenburg 330 EUR etc). 

To and from the Faroe Islands and Iceland 660 €Between Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Latvia,
Lithuania, Norway, Sweden and Åland 330 €
Domestic, in connection with exchange abroad Up to 150 €

ACCOMMODATION/BOARD RATES according to Nordplus (you may adjust if needed):

Students 20 € 70 € 200 €
Teachers 70 € 355 € 1.065 €

More information: Sandra Mell,


STROIKA. Express course in Latvia.

Teaching period: 

17.09.2019. – 24.09.2019. (16 September – arrival, 25 September – departure)

Teacher(s):prof. Dainis Lesins, Dainis Pundurs, Liga Skarina, Eugenia Loginova

Level: BA / MA ECTS:  1.5

Number of available places for CIRRUS students: 4

Application deadline: 11.09.2019. The results will be announced on 0512.09.2019. Accepted participants will receive more detailed information.

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

How to apply: 

Please send us information about you (school, study year, BA or MA), a short motivation letter and some photos of your art works (could be portfolio, electronical version or website, if you have) to the e-mail address:

Course description: 

The course is envisaged as an international student symposium, during which an intensive programme will be carried out. It includes lectures, workshops, professional practice, wood kiln firings (two different technologies: one black – smoked low temperature firing, other – high temperature soda wood firing), attendance of museums, galleries and the participation at the pop-up exhibition of the symposium works at the Art Academy of Latvia.

Envisaged results: students will obtain the knowledge in the field of ceramics design 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 – Art Academy of Latvia, Riga, city centre (Kalpaka bulvaris 13). Organizers do not offer accommodations; do not hesitate to book your stay in advance. 

Assignment: This year’s theme of the symposium “STROIKA” invites artists to create architectural works in ceramic material, thus paying attention to the multifunctionality of the material as well as the artistic expressions. STROIKA or the building site, is symbolically something of a new presentiment, it has a careful planning and perseverance in execution. STROIKA is a process that creates creative activity that culminates in architecture and design.

Applications to CIRRUS board 2019 – 2022

Due January 13, 2019
CIRRUS secretariat received 5 board applications for 2019-2022:

1. Estonian Academy of Arts, Kristjan Mändmaa
CIRRUS board motivation statement Kristjan Mändmaa
CIRRUS support letter Kristjan Mändmaa
2. Iceland University of the Arts, Sigrún Alba Sigurðardóttir
CIRRUS board motivation statement Sigrun Alba Sigurdardottir
CIRRUS support letter Sigrún Alba Sigurdadottir
3. Kolding School of Design, Lone Dalsgaard André
CIRRUS board motivation statement + support letter Lone Dalsgaard Andre
4. The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts
Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation, Martin Sonderlev Christensen
CIRRUS board motivation statement Martin Sonderlev Christensen 
CIRRUS support letter Martin Sonderlev Christensen 
5. Umeå University, Umeå Institute of Design, Maria Göransdotter
CIRRUS board motivation statement Maria Goransdotter
CIRRUS support letter Maria Göransdotter

The elections will take place in Bergen, February 15 General Assembly II, between 13.00 – 15.00 during CIRRUS annual seminar and meetings.
Each CIRRUS member is expected to be present with one representative who will be electing the board. If your school will not be present you must have a written proxy for another member school to vote for you, sent to due February 12, 2019.

About the board:
The decision making body is the annual network meeting. Meanwhile the board of the network is leading the network.
· The board of the network comprises of 3-5 faculty members in the CIRRUS institution. The board member must have full support from the leader of the faculty in home institution and is elected every three years at the network meeting or in the event of a board vacancy.
· The board members may be nominated by home institutions or other member institutions. The person aiming to become a member of the board must submit a motivation statement along with the nomination to the secretariat by the time announced in the call for .
· The board will constitute one of the board members as the Chair of the network.
· The board is responsible for running the network together with the secretariat (general network coordinator). The responsibilities of the board are: strategic planning and leadership, policy making of the network and beyond, planning of the network activities, cooperation and guidelines to the secretariat