Salzburg International Summer Academy of Fine Arts
Salzburg International Summer Academy of Fine Arts – 2011 course program
18 July – 27 August 2011
“What is art today?” – this is the theme to be elucidated from various points of view in the 2011 program of the Salzburg International Summer Academy of Fine Arts. This year, special attention is devoted to the question of what social role art plays in today’s globalised world. The Summer Academy of Fine Arts offers 20 courses of between one and four weeks, taught by 23 distinguished artists from 16 different countries in Europe, America, Asia and Africa, in three locations: Hohensalzburg Fortress, the Alte Saline (old salt factory) in Hallein and the Kiefer quarry in Fürstenbrunn.
What is the Salzburg International Summer Academy of Fine Arts?
Diversity, high standards, internationality and multilingualism characterize the intensive working atmosphere of the Summer Academy, where artistic production dovetails with discourse and presentation. Individual encouragement and development of each student is taken just as seriously as discussion and exploration in the group. Every year, more than 300 participants from over 40 countries attend courses in the three locations: Hohensalzburg Fortress, the Alte Saline (old salt factory) in Hallein and the Kiefer quarry in Fürstenbrunn. The unique atmosphere of the venues, the outstanding quality of the teachers and the first-class programme of events, with Lunch Talks, lectures on the history and theory of art, discussions, vernissages, gallery visits, etc. afford an intensive study of the production, reflection and teaching of current and contemporary art.
2011 courses with following topics:
Concept, utopia and reality
Concepts are central to the classes taught by Peter Friedl Pictures as concepts and Senam Okudzeto Conceptual drawing. The utopian element in art is emphasised by Sabine Bitter/Helmut Weber Urban wish-production and Christoph Schäfer. Jewellery artist Lin Cheung deals with the Social Life of Jewellery as a way of seeing, and Jo Ractliffe explores the expressive element in documentary photography. Mumbai-based artist Jitish Kallat, in his one-week, intensive “off course”, will establish an interdisciplinary laboratory.
Landscape, garden and urban life
As last year, the 2011 Summer Academy will focus on the topics of landscape, garden and urban life – with Véronique Faucheur and Marc Pouzol, of atelier le balto The island as garden, or the garden as island?, Matts Leiderstam Landscape picture/scene and Christian Phillip Müller Acts/actions with objects in urban space, performance and sculpture.
Painting dominates the courses of Milena Dragicevic, Katrin Plavcak, Hubert Scheibl and Christina Zurfluh.
Artistic techniques are the focus of courses directed by Katrina Daschner Performance and the performative, Judy Fox Figure-modelling and Denes Miklosi Functions of printmaking. Hubert Maier/Knut Wold will held the Stone Sculpture Symposium in the Kiefer quarry in Fürstenbrunn.
An innovation this year is the course on Curating. Maria Lind will direct the two-week course entitled The histories and practices of curating, which is open to artists and others interested in curating as a specific method, not only of mounting exhibitions, but also of devising and planning events.
Art and non-art
Finally Mladen Stilinovic calls his course Reflections on art and no-art – considering the significance of “production, speed and laziness” for artistic work. The boundaries between what art is and what it is not are dissolved.
Grants & Application
Around 70 grants are available for participation in the Summer Academy; these generally cover the tuition fees. Some grants are open to all applicants, some are intended specifically for art students.
Deadline for grant application: 15 April 2011.
Deadline for general application: 15 Mai 2011