Estonian film days in Germany, Estonian design to be introduced in Vienna

"Size Doesn't Matter" (Estonian Design House/Facebook)
11/9/2015 1:11 PM
Category: Culture

On November 10-13, Estonian movies are shown in four major cities in Germany.

In addition to Katrin and Andres Maimik's 2014 drama "Cherry Tobacco", the program in Germany consists of the final degree works from students of the Estonian Academy of Arts - an animation by Sander Joon "Velodrome", Sven-Tõnis Puskar's "Game Factory", Egert Kesa's "Stamped" and Kaspar Jancis's animated short film "Crocodile," as well as Mikk Mägi's fresh short film "Borders."

The films will be shown in Bremen, Kiel, Hamburg and Berlin, where the tour ends on November 13. In each city, Katrin and Andres Maimik meet with the audience.

The tradition of organizing Estonian film evenings in German cities each November was established in 2012. Next year, the tradition will be expanded to southern Germany: to Heidelberg, Karlsruhe and Frankfurt.

The event is supported by the Estonian Film Institute, the Ministry of Culture, the Cultural Endowment of Estonia, the Estonian Embassy in Berlin, Heimberglaufer GmbH and Infobalt e.V.

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From November 10-29, the Estonian design review exhibition “Size Doesn't Matter” will take place in Vienna in the well-known design forum Wien gallery.

On the day after the opening, in the course of a seminar, it will be possible to meet with Estonian designers and listen to the development stories of this small Nordic country. For several days the Estonian Design House pop-up shop will be open in the gallery, with helpful designers acting as guides to the exhibition.

The Estonian Association of Designers (EDL) has developed the concept of "Size Doesn't Matter," which contrasts the smallness of the land and the density of designers with the abundance of their achievements.

The exhibition includes textiles, furniture, lighting, ceramics, glass, wheels and fashion accessories including bags, shoes, jewelry and a selection of packaging and book designs. Nearly 45 designers are represented, from establish artists to newly graduated young talents, who have received awards both in Estonia and abroad. The crisp collection, with its minimalist style, natural materials, ingenious solutions and humor, is characteristic of a Nordic country.

EDL hopes that such exhibitions will boost cultural exchanges, showcasing the achievements of Estonia as a rapidly developing design country, and create opportunities for networking for Estonian product designers on the international arena. The exhibition is made possible through international cooperation between Design Austria and EDL, which has its origins in the participation of the work of The Bureau of European Design Associations.

The exhibition is curated by Ilona Gurjanova, designed by Tõnis Vellama, and supported by the Estonian Ministry of Culture and the Estonian Cultural Endowment.

M. Oll

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