DELTA MAJA -
ACCELERATE KNOWLEDGE OF THE PAST TO TOMORROW
The process of growing up is of facing the past as well as the futureMälu valitseb aega
Lennart Meri "Hõbevalge – Sulla rotta del vento, del fuoco e dell'Ultima Thule", 2016

Organised in collaboration with Kärt Summatavet, University of Tartu
ABOUT THE COURSE
We mobilize the next generation with advanced scholars and professionals in Art, Design, Media and Architecture to cross-disciplinary knowledge exchange, creative and innovative solutions in the focus of the architecture of University of Tartu´s innovation hub Delta Maja. The Studio energy is rooted in architecture as a platform for future creative solutions and collaboration between science, technology, business, creative industries. It creates new platforms and tools. Combining natural space with virtual reality or vice versa are new challenges for us. Knowing the past we can design our future.

The Studio uses the roots, the history of the mental structure to open hidden cultural codes embedded in the history of Venice, Vincenza and Padova. The studio combines experiencial knowledge of the legacy of Palladio, Vitruvius, Leonardo etc. bridging it with the 17th International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale 2020. We ask the participants to highlight unique, human-centered, sustainable themes of the Biennale to combine with principles of architecture and philosophy.

The Studio consists of research weeks;
1st: Learning best practices from the the past (architecture, philosophy)
2nd: Groupwork modelling the future innovation by existing architectural body as a human body as model for innovation and synergy

We combine by addressing one or more sub-themes of the Studio for more connective innovation spirit and collaboration that all parts of the Delta Centre's architectural space in Tartu allows or challenges to emerge creativity, economy and research (https://en.eik.ut.ee/ut-delta-centre/).

AVAILABILITY 2020: places still available

DATES: October (TBC)

TUITION FEE: 1650 EUR. You can pay 350 EUR to secure the spot and pay the rest later.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: 3 days before the start date

LANGUAGE:
English

DURATION: 13 days /104 hours

LOCATION: Several locations in Venice

CALL OR WHATSAPP US:
+39 320 245 06 31

EMAIL US:
study@europeanculturalacademy.eu



ABOUT THE COURSE
We mobilize the next generation with advanced scholars and professionals in Art, Design, Media and Architecture to cross-disciplinary knowledge exchange, creative and innovative solutions in the focus of the architecture of University of Tartu´s innovation hub Delta Maja. The Studio energy is rooted in architecture as a platform for future creative solutions and collaboration between science, technology, business, creative industries. It creates new platforms and tools. Combining natural space with virtual reality or vice versa are new challenges for us. Knowing the past we can design our future.

The Studio uses the roots, the history of the mental structure to open hidden cultural codes embedded in the history of Venice, Vincenza and Padova. The studio combines experiencial knowledge of the legacy of Palladio, Vitruvius, Leonardo etc. bridging it with the 17th International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale 2020. We ask the participants to highlight unique, human-centered, sustainable themes of the Biennale to combine with principles of architecture and philosophy.

The Studio consists of research weeks;
1st: Learning best practices from the the past (architecture, philosophy)
2nd: Groupwork modelling the future innovation by existing architectural body as a human body as model for innovation and synergy

We combine by addressing one or more sub-themes of the Studio for more connective innovation spirit and collaboration that all parts of the Delta Centre's architectural space in Tartu allows or challenges to emerge creativity, economy and research (https://en.eik.ut.ee/ut-delta-centre/).

AVAILABILITY 2020: places still available

DATES: October (TBC)

TUITION FEE: 1650 EUR. You can pay 350 EUR to secure the spot and pay the rest later.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: 10 April, 2020

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: Please submit your CV and motivational letter (max. 1 page) during the application process.

LANGUAGE:
English

DURATION: 13 days /104 hours

LOCATION: Palazzo Michiel, Strada Nova, 4391, 30121 Campo Santi Apostoli, Venezia

CALL OR WHATSAPP US:
+39 320 245 06 31

EMAIL US:
study@europeanculturalacademy.eu
Course topics
Week 1 – Tradition
Venice – Meeting Point of Eastern and Western Civilizations
Learning best practices from the past (architecture, philosophy)

Themes:
Studies in Harmony. Measure and Proportion. Form, Function, Aesthetics and Ethics. Man – The Measure of Architecture. How to understand and re-think the forgotten layers of visible and mental landscapes of the Western Culture? How to understand and translate the global trends into the Nordic natural and cultural context? How can the Past teach us about the Future? Where do we go?

Research and field work:
-Venice Biennale – exploring key differences and new opportunities for prosperous future.
-Introduction from the philosopher Pythagoras to the Renaissance theorists: experiments and measurements – from the harmonic intervals of music to visual observations with the mathematical measuring of quantities, planetary laws, geometric drawings and arithmetic calculations.
-Classical proportion system in architecture and visual design. Introduction to visual communication and principles of --Vitruvian Man, the human scale model and the golden section ratio.
-Grand Masters of Renaissance in Venice and around.
Visiting the Venice Biennale – how modern architecture and new ecosystems are designed and will be organized? What useful can we learn from the past for the future?


Week 2 – Innovation
Venice – Innovative Mental Patterns from East and West
Modelling future innovation as model for innovation and synergy by using existing architecture in relation to the human body.

Themes:
-Chaos and Confusion.
-Dialogue and Harmony.
-Natural and Artificial Environments.
-Unexpected Ecosystems. Visible and un-visible patterns of innovation.
-Research in classical proportion system in architecture and visual design.
-Venice Biennale as a tool for understanding new mental patterns and innovative design solutions of creative models, platforms and ecosystems for the future.
-How to visualize un-seen ideas and innovative experiments?
-How to create a safe human/artificial/institutional environment?

Research and group work: how to design successful ecosystem for innovation?
Individual research: Library of the Cini Foundation, archives and museums
Group work: Creation of a three-dimensional human/artificial/institutional scale action plan and model for harmonious innovation platform:
1) the arrangement of human relations within the 'family' of institutions in two buildings and public environment (incl. the siting of the house and its different relations to academic and urban environment);
2) the attempts to satisfy society's material, intellectual and creative needs;
3) the arrangement of successful relations, proportions, rhythms, patterns and movements for innovation.
Final group work presentation:
Case study: Delta Centre – architecture as a living organism
Creation of a three-dimensional human/artificial/institutional innovation platform for the UT Delta Centre
LECTURERS
Connect with exceptional people
Kärt Summatavet
Kärt Summatavet (Ph.D. [Taiteen tohtori]) is professor of arts at the University of Tartu. She graduated in Tallinn as a metal artist (1982–87) and has exhibited since 1986. She completed her doctoral dissertation in Finland in the Department of Design at the Aalto University in Helsinki (1998–2005). She is a researcher, project manager, expert in education and creative industries, designer-entrepreneur, educator and innovator. Summatavet's research focuses on oral history, design education, creativity and culture, tradition and innovation.
Roberta Parlato
Parlato is an art and architectural historian specializing in Andrea Palladio's work and the Renaissance of the Veneto region.She graduated with a dissertation on Palladio's Villa Saraceno. As atourist guide in Vicenza, her hometown, she gives guided tours for architects and lovers of architecture since 2003.
Fabio D'Agnano
D'Agnano, grant researcher at the IUAV, deals with three-dimensional modeling and rapid prototyping in architecture since 1991. Author of the handbook 3d Max per l'Architettura (Apogeo Editore, Milano, 2006).Specialized in project communication and 3-D modelling for architecture. He is project manager at the Digital Architecture Master in Venice, and he teaches Representation at the Landscape course of the Architecture University of Venice. He is partner and manager at Glass Architettura Urbanistica.
Laura Tinti
Prof. Tinti worked for almost a decade as Art Educator for the Biennale di Venezia. She is currently Professor of Visual Art & Fashion at the Polimoda Institute for Fashion Design in Florence. She holds a Bachelor of Italian Law, a Bachelor of Art in Fine Art Painting and a Master of Visual Art from the Università Iuav di Venezia.
Gryanne Stunnenberg
Stunnenberg is artist, lecturer, curator and founder of GALLERGRY, a platform to promote contemporary fine art in Venice. Previously she has also collaborated with the educational department of the Venice Biennale and had the honour to give guided tours for the Dutch royal family and designer Paul Smith. She is an expert on the Biennale and will introduce us to the international exhibition and national pavilions at Giardini and Arsenale.
Giulio Grillo
Grillo is architect and co-founder of Rebiennale, an initiative dedicated to counteract the environmentally unsustainable nature of the Biennale. The initiative is focused on the enormous amount of wastes produced by the Biennale exhibition and strives to reuse its materials. As collaborative platform created by a network of venetian citizens, students, architects, artists and political activists, it is one of the key initiatives to know related to the Venice Biennale. Together with Giulio we will explore their recent project involving the production and dismantling of the Swiss pavilion.
Karmen Corak
Corak is working at the conservation department at Gallerie dell'Accademia in Venice. In the past she has been working on graphics of Leonardo da Vinci and Carlo Scarpa. She studied Graphic Arts in Croatia and Conservation and restoration of works of art on paper in Italy, Japan and Austria. Next to her work as a conservationist she is working as a photographer. She was invited to group exhibitions in China, Korea, Croatia, France, Germany, Japan, Italy, Russia, Slovenia, Spain and Hungary; and with personal exhibitions at the various editions of the International Photography Festival in Rome. She received international awards in Fine Art Photography in Paris, Malaga and Berlin.
Organised in collaboration with Kärt Summatavet, University of Tartu

UNIVERSITY OF TARTUhttps://www.ut.ee/en/university/general

The University of Tartu was founded in 1632 by the Swedish king Gustavus Adolphus. It was initially called Academia Dorpatensis. The necessary preparations for creating a university in Tartu (then Dorpat) were made by Johan Skytte, governor general of Livonia. Academia Dorpatensis, modelled after the University of Uppsala in Sweden, was intended to pursue research and advance learning in a wide variety of disciplines. The University of Tartu (UT) has continued to adhere to this approach throughout the centuries, and remains today the only classical university in Estonia. Research at UT focuses on subjects as diverse as medicine and philosophy, genetics and computer science

As Estonia's national university, UT stresses the importance of international co-operation and partnerships with reputable research universities all over the world. The robust research potential of the university is evidenced by the fact that the University of Tartu has been invited to join the Coimbra Group, a prestigious club of renowned research universities. UT includes four faculties. To support and develop the professional competence of its students and academic staff, the university has entered into bilateral co-operation agreements with 79 partner institutions in 31 countries.

Delta Centre http://delta.ut.ee/

Delta Centre of the University of Tartu will be completed in early 2020. The centre will consist of two buildings, one is UTs teaching and research facility and the other for companies working closely with UT researchers and students. Delta Centre also hosts the ecosystem for start-ups: pre-incubation activities offered by the UT School of Economics, a research-based enterprise development program coordinated by the Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and Tartu Science Park incubators.

REVIEWS
More than 400 people attended our courses already. Many returned twice and thrice. Read why.
The dynamic relationships and idea exchanges with fellow students is so valuable. The course gave me sense of validation and calm regarding the direction of my career and personal path through the world of art and culture.

Jocelyn Burke
Art lover
The networks I was able to create during last summer's course at the European Cultural Academy have enabled me to put together my first exhibition in Amsterdam, just as much as the exhibitions I viewed and all the knowledge I gained in Venice have.
Andreas Mittermayr
Artist
ECA is an awesome experience for the beginners and professionals likewise. Beginners can get first-hand insights into the industry of visual arts premium events, and professionals get access to a wide network and can position their work in a global context.
Lana Pavlovic Aleksic
Curator
REVIEWS
More than 400 people attended our courses already. Many returned twice and thrice. Read why.