In December 2021 Estonian Literary Museum and The Under and Tuglas Literature Centre of Estonian Academy of Sciences will celebrate the 100. birth year of Ilmar Laaban with a hybrid live-streamed conference at the Estonian Literary Museum.

Call for Papers

Abstracts (in PDF format)



December 9, 2021
9:00–10:00 Registration

10:00–10:30 Opening. Chair: Triinu Ojamaa

Welcome speeches
Tõnis Lukas, Director of the Estonian Literary Museum
Mare Kõiva, Director of the Centre of Excellence in Estonian Studies
Jaan Undusk, Director of the Under and Tuglas Literature Centre of the Estonian Academy of Sciences
Krista Ojasaar, Insight into exhibitions
Paul Beaudoin, Composition Disappearing Words

10:30–11:30 Keynote. Chair: Aare Pilv
Hasso Krull, The Politics of Imagination: Ilmar Laaban and the Thousand-Year-Old Tradition (in Estonian)

11:30–11:45 Coffee

11:45–13:15 Session 1. Chair: Aare Pilv
Johannes Bergmark, Fylkingen, the Text-Sound Art Pioneers and the Avant-garde Situation in Scandinavia
Raivo Kelomees, Ilmar Laaban and the Group “Para ’89”
Eduard Parhomenko, Ilmar Laaban and Tõnu Luik: A Dead-End Conversation on Heidegger (in Estonian)
Roomet Jakapi, performance Heidegger’s Language Speaks

13:15-14:15 Lunch break

14:15–15:45 Session 2. Chair: Jaan Undusk
Mirjam Hinrikus, N. Triik’s Märter (Martyr, 1913) and A. H. Tammsaare’s Juudit (Judith, 1921) as Examples of Nietzschean Decadence (in Estonian)
Merlin Kirikal, Ellinor’s Weird Associations: On Semper’s Decadence and Surrealism (in Estonian)
Lola Annabel Kass, The flowers of evil and phantasmagoria in Eduard Wiiralt’s Art (in Estonian)

15:45–16:00 Coffee

16:00–17:10 Session 3. Chair: Leena Kurvet-Käosaar
Leonhard Lapin, Poem for Voice. Reuse. Performed by Leonhard Lapin and Bill Olson
Aija Sakova, Tiina Kirss, The Dialogical Moment in the Literary Correspondence of Ilmar Laaban with Paul Celan and Nelly Sachs
Marin Laak, Ilmar Laaban’s avant-garde and the core of Estonian poetry: Translations that remained in the manuscript (in Estonian)

17:10–18:00 I’m laabaning, you’re laabaning, he’s laabaning
Markus Andreas Auling, Karl Birnbaum, Richard Ester, Lauren Grinberg, Hanna Brigita Jaanovits, Laurits Martin Muru, Hele-Riin Palumaa, Herman Pihlak, Kristin Prits, Emili Rohumaa, Alice Siil, Juhan Soon, Astra Irene Susi, Kristina-Margot Preimann, Rasmus Vendel and Edgar Vunš.
Supervisored by Anu Lamp.
EAMT’s Drama Department Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre


December 10, 2021

9:30–10:00 Registration

10:00–10:30 Johannes Bergmark, performance I have been in you, you have been in me

10:30–11:30 Keynote. Chair: Jaan Ross
Kerri Kotta, Sound Transformations and Sound Spaces (in Estonian)

11:30–11:45 Coffee

11:45–13:15 Session 1. Chair: Jaan Ross
Paul Beaudoin, At the Border of Poetry and Music
Raivo Kelomees, Concept Transference in Surrealist Art and AI
Philip Meersman, The Interdisciplinary Toolbox: How to Analyse Visual Poetry?

13:15-14:15 Lunch break

14:15–15:45 Session 2. Chair: Risto Järv
Arne Merilai, Laaban’s Oxymora as the Mystical Backbone of Snails (in Estonian)
Jaan Pehk, Paul Daniel, Waltzing on Limericks (in Estonian)
Mare Kõiva, Aimar Ventsel, Exchanging Codes in Today’s Music

15:45–16:00 Coffee

16:00–17:30 Session 3. Chair: Maarja Hollo
Johannes Bergmark, performance Sten Hanson’s toothpick
Jaan Malin, Ilmar Laaban, the Gambler (in Estonian)
Märt Väljataga, The Odious Odes of Ilmar Laaban (in Estonian)
Triinu Ojamaa, Ilmar Laaban as a Refugee among Refugees: Roles and Image (in Estonian)

17:30–18:30 Presentations. Chair: Berk Vaher
Jaan Malin, presents a book The End of the Anchor Chain is the Start of Deeds. Ilmar Laaban’s Bigliography (in Estonian)
Jaan Malin, Roomet Jakapi, present an LP ETHNO-TONTE. Sound of Estonian
Leonhard Lapin. Reminiscence
Jürgen Rooste, Siim Aimla, performance A diver shit-ox

18:30–21:00 Closing ceremony and reception

Registration HERE