DIRK HOYER is a German born filmmaker, researcher and artist who currently lives in Estonia. Since 2018 he is Associate Professor at Tallinn University. Dirk has studied in Berlin, Paris and Helsinki and subsequently made several feature films. In 2015 he completed his doctoral project "(ap)art" at Aalto Arts in Helsinki. In the framework of this artistic research, he explored the relationship between art and utopia. The project consists of two parts, a 60 minute documentary film containing interviews with Estonian artists and a dissertation which is a theoretical reflection on the need for a redefined utopian project. The film has been screened at the 2015 Venice Biennale
In addition to writing scripts and directing films, Dirk worked on mobile phone art projects, short films, international lectures and seminars and as a script consultant in ENGAGE and MEDIA projects. Since its foundation in 2005, Dirk is lecturer of Audiovisual Arts at the Baltic Film and Media School in Tallinn. In addition to his doctoral research on utopia, his present focus is on film history (especially the rediscovery of Dimitri Kirsanoff in Estonia), political documentary, script consulting and the influence of social networks on the development of the self.
His recent project “Strawberry Desert” has been awarded a grant from the Finish Cultural Foundation. The documentary is currently in production and explores the complex relationships between a strawberry picker from Mali, a body-guard turned olive farmer from Germany and a Spanish triathlete in the context of an Andalusian landscape that is reshaped by shifting economic and ecological conditions. The film is also a social experiment based on Sergio Leone’s “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”.