Ongoing Projects



Robot Theatre I and II

The Project ROBOT THEATRE tries to teach a robot to make theatre, starting from writing a play and ending up with a performance both directed and played by robots. The artistic aim of the project is to explore the possibilities of using AI in creating an emotionally efficient performance; while as the research aims, more broadly, at understanding AI's potential to participate in any creative process.

Project coordinator: Liina Keevallik

Indrek Ibrus, Pia Tikka, Janika Leoste, Ermo Säks, Jaagup Kippar


Twinning for Sustainable and Visible Excellence in Screen Media Entrepreneurship Scholarship

The objective of the ScreenME-Net project is to enhance excellence in screen media entrepreneurship scholarship at Tallinn University (TLU), to increase its networking position and visibility in this scholarly field, and to ensure sustainability of the impact of this project, mainly through the institutionalization of a screen media entrepreneurship research hub, the so-called ScreenME-Hub, at TLU. In terms of enhancing excellence in scholarship, the project aims at positively impacting all four pillars of scholarship (Boyer, 1990): discovery, integration, teaching and application. The objectives will be achieved through networking and collaboration activities with an interdisciplinary set of internationally-leading research institutions with strong expertise in entrepreneurship teaching and research as well as in various academic disciplines and scholarly areas of high relevance to understanding current dynamics in media industries and their wider societal effects.

Project coordinator: Ulrike Rohn  

Indrek Ibrus, Katrin Tiidenberg, Andres Jõesaar, Külliki Tafel-Viia


The Public Value Chains of Cultural Open Data Solutions

The project studies the complex ways in which cultural open data solutions could produce 'public value'. In conceptual terms it builds on Moore's and Mazzucato's work on public value, links these to our work on innovation systems in creative industries and investigates how new open data technologies such as the Semantic Web and blockchain could be seen as conditioning the emergence of new innovation systems, how they provide new tools for understanding the functioning of the related public sphere and of industry systems and how public value is produced within these systems. Our work in this project will be both empirical as well as applied, aimed at designing and testing new cultural open data management systems with Estonian Public Broadcasting. The project is highly international (studying multiple case studies across the world) and interdiscplinary (combining network science and data analytics with media and innovation economics, anthropology, information systems design and others).

Project coordinator: Indrek Ibrus

Ulrike Rohn, Maximilian Schich, Andres Kõnno, Andres Karjus, Vejune Zemaityte, Hanna Jemmer.


Representations of Femininity in Estonian Pop Music

This study explores the representation of women in Estonian popular music (in music videos, lyrics, interviews, pop artists' self-representation on social media, and audience reception) to examine how femininities are constructed. The analytical lens used to explore this topic is that of postfeminist (Cohen 1997; Schippers 2007; Lazar 2009; James 2017; Whitefield-Madrano 2016; Gill 2001; Gonick et al. 2009) and post- colonial / post-soviet femininities (McEwan 2001; Koobak 2013), relying on extant research on gendered discourses within popular music, popular media and women’s social media self-presentation. As such, the project contributes to (new) media, pop music, feminist and post-socialist studies by offering an in-depth analysis of Estonian pop music and constructions of femininity in the 21st century, as well as extending the dominant (Western) conceptual framework for studying constructions of gender in popular culture.

Mobilitas Pluss
Kerli Kirch Schneider

Freud's last Hypnosis - Validating emotion-driven enactions in cinematic VR

Using 360 VR film Freud’s last hypnosis as a study case, this experimental project will model the film viewers' emotion-driven enactment by specifying time-locked parameters of the viewers' engagement with the narrative. The project builds on my concept of Emotive Cinema and on-going development of the Emotive VR headset with integrated electroencephalographic (EEG) device for real-time measures of viewer's brain signals. I will identify a specific set of behavioral and physiological measurements that allow correlating the viewer's mental states and related emotion-driven interactions with the film's temporal and narrative unfolding. Eventually, the project will allow validating the viewer's unconscious mental states when iteratively testing the Emotive VR prototype, in particular, but, importantly, increase the conceptual and theoretical understanding on the enactive dynamics of emotion-driven cinematic narratives, in general.

Mobilitas PlussMarie-Laure Cazin


Finished Projects

Cross Motion

Interreg Baltic Sea Region

Alessandro Nani

Indrek Ibrus


Perception of Russia across Eurasia: Memory, Identity, Conflicts             

ERA-NET Rus Plus Programme

Anastassia Zabrodskaja 01.01.2016-31.12.2017

Courses for journalists from developing countries                                      

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Katrin Saks


Three Layers of telling a story

European Commision Erasmus+ (former Erasmus Mundus)

Elen Lotman 2014-2017

Kino Eyes 

The European Movie Masters - Erasmus Plus Joint Master Degree

European Commision Erasmus+ (former Erasmus Mundus)

Elen Lotman 2014-2017

Preparation for the international study programme Serious Games

Nordic Council of Ministers' Nordplus Horizontal

Andres Jõesaar


Creativity needs nurturing: enhancing school culture through a cross-sectional network II

Nordic Council of Ministers' Nordplus Horizontal

Eda Heinla


Transparency of New Forms of Media Advertising Online

Helsingin Sanomat (HS) Säätiö

Kaja Tampere


Benchmarking water protection in cities

European Commision Life+ Finnish Ministry of the Enviroment

Kaja Tampere


Architectural Short Films

Cooperation with Estonian Association of Architects

Elen Lotman


A Dozen Questions about Estonia

In cooperation with Estonian Institute

Elen Lotman


Paul Beaudoin PhD (Fitchburg State University/Brandeis University, USA) former Institute of Fine Arts Department of Music Fulbright Guest Scholar

Project coordinator at TU: Gerhard Lock

spring semester 2015

Choreography Department Participation in  Nordplus Network EXPLORATIONS IN MUSIC AND DANCE / EMD NETWORK

Nordic Council of Ministers Nordplus

Tiina Ollesk


Finished Projects


Master of Arts in Cinematography, as an Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree

Elen Lotman 08.02.2016-31.07.2021