??? Summer School in August 15-22, 2021
Applications deadline June 25
Theme: Gravity

When

15-22 of August 2021.

Where

Oandu village, Lahemaa National Park, Lääne-Virumaa county, Estonia.

Apply to participate

16 participants in total will be accepted.

Applicants will be accepted based on the submitted work.

Application deadline is June 25, 2021.

Applicants will be notified about participation by June 28, 2021.

Fee and what that includes

Participation fee for the summer school is €320.

The amount includes:

> transfer Tallinn-Oandu-Tallinn;

> food (prepared collectively);

> workshop fees and basic work materials;

> accommodation;

> sauna.

Why we organize ??? Summer School

Imagine a group of typography enthusiasts arriving in the forest without their computers, papers and pens. A couple of them find a lake and some clay. One of them breaks a wooden stick from an old and dried log. A fourth one finds a swamp with a half-drowned lone boot. The fifth stumbles on a rock that reminds them of the letter 'R'. Two more wanderers discover an old lawn mower beside the roadside where the grumpy bus driver left them. We are very keen to see what these typography enthuasiasts and experimental minded individuals will come up with in the unknown territory.

The organisers responsible for managing the summer school and well-being of the participants are Aimur Takk, Ran-Re Reimann, Mathias Väärsi & Vello Lutter. All four have previously finished graphic design department at Estonian Academy of Arts and share an interest in experimental typography and self-initiated design projects. Of course there are many more contributors who will help make ??? Summer School truly unique experience, among others design professor Ivar Sakk with his support and know-how or Eleonora Šljanda with her unique design language that visually manifests the vibe of ??? Summer School.

Living conditions

The summer school will be held in a rural area, and we will be living and working mostly in outdoor conditions. There are 3 cottages on the site with warm beds in each of them, but those who fancy more privacy can bring their own tent. For hygiene, we have at our disposal an indoor toilet, sauna with a shower, and, for the courageous, a refreshing lake. Participation fees involve food three times a day; there is a possibility to use a grill at all times. Pack a lot of warm and waterproof clothes as August weather in Estonia might be unpredictable. Stock up on snacks if you'd like; perhaps bring along your favourite food, or a recipe that we could collectively prepare.

We also want to point out that you will probably not need a laptop, paper or pen throughout ??? Summer School – if possible, don't even bring them along! As we are not in total wilderness nor jungle then we still have indoor facilities where you can safely keep laptops and other electronics or even charge your phone battery.

Participation disclaimer!

Please read the text below before registering to the summer school.

??? Summer School will be held in a rural area where all the participants experience close encounters with nature, forest, water, bugs and insects. Please inform us if you have allergies to bees, flowers or any other elements of the wilderness. The summer school will be taking place on the land of a country house in the Lahemaa national reserve. Transportation is possible by bus and by car. The nearest shop, in the Võsu village, is 9 km away from the workshop site. First aid is also nearby. Tutors and participants will be living, eating and sleeping together for the whole week in a camping-like setting – please pack accordingly. Sleeping is organized in collective camping houses but everyone is welcome to bring their tent if more privacy is preferred.

Contacts

info@qoqoqo.ee

aimur@qoqoqo.ee

ran@qoqoqo.ee

mathias@qoqoqo.ee

vello@qoqoqo.ee

Graphic design by Eleonora Šljanda, @eo407


??? Summer School is supported by Cultural Endowment of Estonia (Eesti Kultuurkapital)





Introduction

??? Summer School is a week-long experimental workshop with a focus on type design and typography, taking place on August 15-22 in the beautiful countryside of Oandu village, Lahemaa National Park, Estonia. Typography is often closely related to the urban environment but ??? Summer School aims at finding new methods and inspiration in the practice of typography by experimenting with it in rural Estonia. This year we also have a theme: gravity.

We welcome graphic designers, artists, architects, theorists, critics, curators and everyone else interested to participate.

Our tutors are Laura Linsi & Roland Reemaa (UK/EST) and César Rogers (FRA/NL) + guest lecturers.

Laura Linsi & Roland Reemaa

LLRRLLRR (Laura Linsi, Roland Reemaa) is a studio for architecture, design and research. Our practice is focused on informality, landscapes and politics of space. Our projects span across the mediums of installations, buildings, exhibitions and text production. We embrace a broad spectrum of research and design methods that move between administration and atmosphere.

www.rloaluarnad.com

@rloaluarnad

César Rogers

César is very interested in typography and the tension laying in abstraction or (un)legibility. He has always seen letters as faces who stare at him, with surprising moods and attitudes. He is looking for infinite translations between their shapes, and a state of in-between, of transition, which often leads to him discovering new alphabets.

@kareslachevresitupeux

Keep up with ???

This website is very static and barely will be updated. So to keep up with ??? Summer School news and latest activities then follow us on Instagram and Facebook.

@qoqoqo_summerschool

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Schedule

15.08. Sunday
16:00 Transportation from Tallinn to summer school
18:00 Arriving at Oandu
19:00 ??? Workshop
23:00 ÖÖ/Night grill
16.08. Monday
06:00 Movie/sound yoga
07:00 Main Workshop day 1: The Start
10:00 Breakfast
11:00 Workshop day 1
15:00 Lunch
16:00 ??? hike & Dinner & Night lecture
22:00 Sauna & Chill
17.08. Tuesday
08:00 Movie/sound yoga
10:00 Breakfast
11:00 ??? workshop
15:00 Lunch
16:00 ??? workshop cont.
20:00 Dinner
21:00 Night lecture
22:00 Sauna & Chill
18.08. Wednesday
08:00 Movie/sound yoga
10:00 Breakfast
11:00 Workshop day 2
15:00 Lunch
16:00 Workshop day 2 cont.
20:00 Dinner
21:00 Night lecture
22:00 Sauna & Chill
19.08. Thursday
08:00 Movie/sound yoga
10:00 Breakfast
11:00 Workshop day 3
15:00 Lunch
16:00 Workshop day 3 cont.
20.00 Dinner
21:00 Night lecture
22:00 Sauna ja Chill
20.08. Friday
08:00 Movie/sound yoga
10:00 Breakfast
11:00 Workshop day 4
15:00 Lunch
16:00 ??? Workshop
21:00 Dinner
22:00 Surprise lecture & 100% sauna & chill
21.08. Saturday
10:00 Breakfast
11:00 Workshop day 5. > Final polishing
14:00 Lunch
15:00 Presentations
18:00 Dinner
20:00 Presentations cont.
22:00 ??? Forest Party
22.08. Sunday
10:00 “Last Supper” Breakfast
11:00 Relaxing at Oandu
14:00 Amps/Quick bite (carrot)
15:00 Back to City

*This is an initial program of the ??? Summer School and organizers take the liberty to change it if necessary. Only to make it even better.