Academic collaboration and
organizational excellence | Tallinn 2016
We spent 4 intensive days at the Kultuurcaldron, a converted power station on the site of the 1980 Olympics site and the set of a Tarkovsky film, including an all day training session, 21 presentations, 2 keynotes, 2 creative inspiration slots and a client boot camp event. The social programme included our 5th birthday party complete with salsa class and a walk in an Estonian National Park.
Some highlights from Semiofest Tallinn 2016
A short film with some testimonials and a flavour of the atmosphere at the Kultuurcaldron – edited by Cloud Nine Media Ltd.
The Tallinn event was masterminded by Kaie Kotov and her team. Estonia is a leading European center for Semiotics with a significant academic heritage anchored at the University of Tartu. The event benefited from an extensive collaboration with the Tartu Department of Semiotics as well as funding from various local cultural institutions. The Department had significant presence throughout the event with a keen interest to learn the state of the art at an applied level. The event organization was very pioneering and led to a very diverse and interesting programme including an up-front training on conducting expert analysis as well as a primer in Soviet cultural semiotics. The presentations were well curated into clusters (innovation was the main theme of the conference). We had presentations on everything from the redesign of wheelchairs, to avatar therapy, semiotics and ethnography and excellent keynotes from both Farouk Seif and Malcolm Evans who gave an exciting vision of the future of semiotics. The venue, a huge ex power station was a fascinating place to explore and the event was catered by Slap Slop who provided delicious and hearty vegan food. We also had a Semiofest 5th birthday party which involved a salsa class and a birthday cake. The event itself was extremely well attended.
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