Chair Person: Raivo Kelomees
Presenters: Chris Hales, Agnieszka Pokrywka & Piibe Piirma
The panel will discuss how the changes in Eastern and Central Europe have influenced the art educational system there during the last twenty years, with particular reference to education in the new media field. The reason for choosing such a seemingly broad timescale is to include the ‘finalisation’ of the political and economical integration of some post-Soviet countries (like Estonia) into the European Union whilst contrasting this with examples like Belarus, which have become (or remained) more autocratic and closed. One particular point of interest is the change in the understanding and interpretation of ‘new media art’ during the last two decades, partly due to the different technologies and specialities that this field of practice encompasses.
- Twenty years of change: in the political system, art paradigms, technologies and ways of thinking
- Travel and transition: exported artists and imported ideas
- The transition from artefact-based artistic practice to process-based and non-material art
- The similarities and differences between ‘West’ and ‘East’ mentalities
- Initiatives, centres, departments and institutions of new media and education
- Resources, funding, financial practices, governmental support, business schemes for producing and exhibiting new media
- Changes in the art education system: from traditional and manual fine arts practices to mediated and technological education
- Different networks focused on the organisation, theory, and practice of technological art
- Raivo Kelomees, PhD (art history), artist, critic and new media professor. Studied psychology, art history, and design in Tartu University and the Academy of Arts in Tallinn, ET. Presently working as the professor of the New Media Department at the Estonian Academy of Arts. Has published more than 300 articles in main cultural and art magazines and newspapers of Estonia since 1985. Book author, “Surrealism” (Kunst Publishers, 1993) and an article collection “Screen as a Membrane” (Tartu Art College proceedings, 2007). Doctoral thesis „Postmateriality in Art. Indeterministic Art Practices and Non-Material Art“ (Dissertationes Academiae Artium Estoniae 3, 2009).