Dama IX workshop


The workshop is organized by Tartu Ülikooli Viljandi Kultuuriakadeemia, in collaboration with Dama network, and led by Taavet Jansen, with visiting teachers and lecturers.

White / noise

Our science has always desired to monitor, measure, abstract, and castrate meaning, forgetting that life is full of noise and that death alone is silent: work noise, noise of man, and noise of beast. 

Noise bought, sold, or prohibited. Nothing essential happens in the absence of noise.

(Jacques Attali 1985)

Dama workshop “White / Noise” is focusing to the NOISE in artistic context. More precisely - to the visual noise in video, photo and fine arts; to sonic noise in music; to an ambient noise in atmosphere. Textual noise in written and spoken word.

All information is noise. Man and every other living being has to create an algorithm to filter out valuable and necessary information from noise. The adequacy of an algorithm can sometimes be crucially important (to filter out the sound of the breaking car from the ambient noise of the street), sometimes important from the social point of view (to translate the gestures of your communication partner) or simply important to understand the world.

The noise what man can’t interpret will become unpleasant - horrible picture, terrible sound, obnoxious smell or disgusting texture. The information we can’t make sense of, will become a noise.


during those 5 days will participants work with the different aspects of the subject "White / noise". Every day consists also on lecture followed with discussion by the artist/ teacher who will reveal his connection with this topic.

every day will be different subtopic:

    > white / text / noise                lecture by Jim Ashilevi

    > white / sound / noise            lecture by Renzo van Steenbergen

    > white / movement / noise     lecture by Henri Hütt

    > white / visual / noise             lecture by Taavet Jansen

in 1st day will every participant introduce himself + noise aspect in his/her work/. Groups will be formed according those interests. They can vary during those days.

Every day will be showing by each group and feedback/discussion. Workshop itself wont be orientated in final product. Participants can easily reuse and remix previous footage in new context.


In result of this workshop will participants develop broader understanding of noise aspect in their lives and practice and hopefully expand their matrix of how they see the world to higher resolution.

the birdsong is noise if you’re not the nightingale

Taavet Jansen

Henri Hütt



June 18-22, 2012

NEW! Schedule

Viljandi, University of Tartu Viljandi Culture Academy

5 days

max 25 students

Intermediate / Advanced

Working language

Pre-course task:

Prepare a short presentation of yourself / your work, and its relationship to the course theme (noise).

Application procedure: 

A short letter of motivation and a small portfolio of few selected works / cv. Email to Tomi Knuutila, tomi.knuutila@ulapland.fi before May 17. Notice of acceptance by May 18.


The Dama network participants outside Estonia will receive a travel stipend of 330 euros (660 if coming from Iceland) and a 70 euro allowance (355 euros for teachers). These will be paid as soon as we get completely filled grant acceptance forms back to ULapland (emailed, scanned document is ok). It might take a while for you to receive the money. Teachers please contact me as soon as possible, so I know how many would be going.

Accommodation & travel:

Students find a way to travel themselves, and book their accommodation themselves. Accommodation alternatives can be found below

Credit points:

According to Dama network and Nordplus network rules, students should gain credits from participating to the course / workshop. Each institution is responsible for handing out the credits for their students. Typically Dama workshops have been 3-5 ects courses. Students should confirm that the course can be accepted into their studies at their home university.  

Accommodation options:

UT VCA student’s hostel “Oma Kodu”: 14.70€ /per person (shower in each room, linen/towels inc.)

Guesthouse Hilda Villa, available 3 rooms for max 11 persons. It’s possible to use kitchen. 15 eur/per persoon. Booking must be done before May 18.


Hotel Endla, available 2 rooms for 6 people (for 2-bedded and 4-bedded) 15 eur/night breakfast included. 


Hotel Centrum, 25 €/ per person (breakfast included). 20 eur without breakfast.


Arrival to Viljandi

You will arrive at Tallinn or Tartu Airport or Tallinn Harbour. Buses from Tallinn Bus Terminal to Viljandi depart hourly and the trip takes about 2.5 hours. Bus trip from Tartu Bus Terminal takes about 1 hour and 15 min. For further information please check the bus connections website Bussireisid http://www.bussireisid.ee/index.html?MENU=&KEEL=en

Bus station in Viljandi is very close to the Academy (3 min walk) and the hotels (Centrum opposite to the bus station; Endla 5 min walk; Hilda Villa 15-20 min walk).

There is also a train connection between Tallinn and Viljandi, but the

trains commute only three times a day.  For further information please check Edelaraudtee website http://www.edel.ee/274/ From railway station it takes about 25 min walk to the town center and the Academy

Please bring with you
If possible, a laptop computer and audiovisual equipment (digital camera, video camera, sound recording equipment, sensors, etc.)
Good ideas
Good moves
Ability to work and live in an international group

About UT Viljandi Culture Academy


Address: Posti 1, 71004 Viljandi, Estonia (map)

More information
Network coordinator tomi.knuutila at ulapland.fi

Workshop lead taavetjansen at gmail.com
General info about accommodation, grants, travel etc. International coordinator virpi.nurmela at ulapland.fi


A workshop in Viljandi, June 18-22, 2012

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White / noise

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