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Asterisk Summer School

Where does play end and work begin?

Why is playing only for kids?

Who doesn’t work can’t play?


Mark your calendars: Asterisk Summer School is back with another edition taking place in Tallinn 28.07—06.08. This year we will focus on summer activities, taking a closer look at the relationship between work and play.


Leave your computers at home — it’s summer

after all.



The tutors at the summer school are designers and artists Samuel Nyholm (SE), Giacomo Porfiri (IT), Radim Peško (CZ), Åbäke (FR) and summer school organisers Elisabeth Klement & Laura Pappa (EE).



Duration: 28.07—06.08 (10 days)

Location: Telliskivi Loomelinnak, Telliskivi 60a

Participants: 32

Language: English


Participation fee for the summer school is €200*. The amount includes workshop fees and basic work materials.

*Participation fee for Estonian students is €100.


The program for the Asterisk Summer School consists of two sets of daily workshops and two days of seminars. More info on the program coming soon…


SAMUEL NYHOLM is a Swedish graphic designer and illustrator. Formerly part of the the Swedish graphic design studio Reala. Selection of clients and collaborators include Tate Etc., Cornel Windlin, Kunsthalle St Gallen, Eric Steinbrecher, Svenska Filminstitute, Vitra, Absolut Vodka, Cneai, Tensta Konsthall, Svenska Dagbladet, Die Zeit, der Spiegel and others. As an illustrator, his works have been exhibited in Kunsthalle St Gallen, Kino Babylon in Berlin, Nieves/Corner College in Zürich, MoMA PS1 in New York, Art Basel, Copenhagen Art Fair and the Brno Biennale.

In 2012 he was appointed the Professor of Illustration in HfK, Bremen. He is a frequent guest tutor and critic at various art schools like Konstfack and The Royal University of Fine Arts

in Stockholm, HDK in Gothenburg, ECAL in Lausanne, Gerrit Rietveld Academie and Sandberg Institute in Amsterdam and Werkplaats Typografie in Arnhem.,‎ 


GIACOMO PORFIRI, born 1982 in Milan, formed artistically and professionally inside the entourage of Studio Azzurro, collaborating with them from 2001 at 2004, specializing in the design and implementation of interactive systems. Frequented the Accademia delle Belle Arti di Brera at the Multimediale departments until joining in 2004 with Matteo Erenbourg, Paololuca Barbieri, Alberto Caffarelli and Andrea Masu to create the stable formation of the collective Alterazioni Video.

Giacomo has taken part in international exhibitions such as Performa 09 (New York), Venice Biennial, Manifesta7 and has represented his group in many artist-in-residence programs (Moca 2006, Duolun Museum, 2007, Shanghai; Location One, 2006, New York). Currently residing in Berlin, tireless traveler, he grows parallel to his visual artist practice a collection of original recordings of audio from all over the world. 


RADIM PEŠKO is a graphic designer based in London. He works in the field of type design, editorial and exhibition projects. Work includes identity for Secession Vienna (AT), Berlin Biennale 8 (DE) in collaboration with Zak Group, various work for Moravian Gallery, Brno (CZ), Eastside Projects, Birmingham (UK) and a long-term collaboration with artist Kateřina Šedá among others.

In 2010 he has established his RP Digital Type Foundry that specializes on typefaces that are both formally and conceptually distinctive. He teaches at Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam (NL) and École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts de Lyon (FR). Since 2011 he is part of curatorial board of International Biennial of Graphic Design in Brno. 


The first time Francesco Spampinato heard the word ÅBÄKE dates back to 2002, associated with electronic music label Kitsuné, which is also a quintessential parisienne fashion brand. In fact Kitsuné is just one galaxy – collateral and not even representative – of the Åbäke universe, a London-based design studio behind which lurk Patrick Lacey, Benjamin Reichen, Kajsa Ståhl and Maki Suzuki. Active since 2000, the Royal College of Art alumni count clients like the British Council and the Serpentine Gallery, and collaborations with fashion designers such as Hussein Chalayan and Maison Martin Margiela, artists such as Ryan Gander, Johanna Billing and Martino Gamper, and bands such as Air and Daft Punk.

As the term Åbäke suggests, however, the Swedish word for a large and cumbersome object, Francesco suspects that the group supports the burden of design on commission only to learn rules and conventions that it is happy to deconstruct at other times. Åbäke, indeed, is also responsible for meta-design projects, independent, transdisciplinary, strictly collective and often participatory: the dialogical digital platform for architecture Sexymachinery (2000-2008), the relational culinary events of Trattoria (2003), the publishing project Dent-De-Leone (2009), the propaganda for the imaginary Victoria & Alferd Museum (2010), and the spy agency Åffice Suzuki (2010).

For Åbäke constantly attracts the attention of the art world: most of its projects do not certainly meet criteria of functionality, but raise questions about how design conveys the forms of transmission of culture. Publications, curatorship, talks and workshops, indeed, are integral part of their activities. So when Spampinato invites the group to be part of his book on art collectives, Åbäke agrees to contribute if Francesco writes in exchange this biography, inserting himself, “so it isn’t authorless,” in third person, putting thereby in crisis the role of the critic and the conditions under which he normally associates intellectual values ​​to cultural phenomena.,,,,,, 


Asterisk Summer School is open for graphic designers, artists, theorists, critics, curators and others interested.


•  32 participants in total will be accepted

•  Applicants will be notified by 8th of June

•  Applicants will be accepted based on the submitted work and CV


To participate you are kindly asked to fill in the form below. You are required to add your CV and a PDF with an overview of your work (min 5, max 10 projects). As the summer school is open to people from different fields the submitted work can be different from merely art and design projects.


Name your files:

your_name_cv.pdf / your_name_cv.doc


Maximum size for the PDF is 10 MB. Please be patient with the uploads.


Application deadline is June 1st, 2014.



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Asterisk is run by two freelance graphic designers; Laura Pappa and Elisabeth Klement who both studied at the Estonian Academy of Arts and the Gerrit Rietveld Academie. Laura is currently obtaining a Masters degree from the Werkplaats Typografie in Arnhem, graduating summer 2014. Since 2012 Elisabeth, together with Pieter Verbeke, has run the San Serriffe book shop in Amsterdam, and is working at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie graphic design department. The predecessor of Asterisk Summer School is Portable Bookshop Asterisk, active from 2009 to 2011.
Asterisk Summer School is kindly supported by the Cultural Endowment of Estonia




Many thanks to Ranno Ait, Allan Appelberg
Previous edition: Asterisk Summer School 2013