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Transitioning Through the Periscope

Every Summer Academy is surrounded with a lot of collateral events and one of the favorites is the exhibition at Periscope. This project is executed as an off-site exhibition, dedicated to the less-visible, but very important participants at the Academy - the co-teachers.


IN TRANSITION - Co-teachers of the Summer Academy


The majority of the co-teachers are exhibiting at this year’s Periscope exhibition, named In Transition. The first part of the exhibition was opened on July 27, while the second part is opening tonight, on August 17. Even though the title of the show is meant to signify a changeover of the works and exhibitors, I cannot help but reflect upon the social transitions that affected Europe in the past couple of years. Still, the transition of the works at Periscope is symbolic, following the changes in the Summer Academy courses.


As transition often implies diversification, the selection of works and themes is naturally diverse. This is hardly surprising, since all of the exhibiting artists come from different practices and media, while the spectators are challenged to discover possible intersections in their discourses.


With this exhibition, Periscope transforms into a place for encounters, interconnecting artists and spectators. “This show is imagined as a special platform where co-teachers get their own space to exhibit,” said Simone about In Transition. And observing the official program of the Academy, I can see why this is a welcome addition. With accomplished teachers in focus, the cultural program expands into a series of artists’ talks and Global Academy lectures, while co-teachers are not as visible. Collaboration with Periscope, a place dedicated to young and emerging artists, fills this gap in the best possible way - with an inspiring exhibition. Furthermore, opening events are traditionally clad in a welcoming and casual atmosphere, freed of titles and roles, just connecting people on a very human level, transitioning from acquaintances into friends.


The first edition of In Transition featured  Sonja Bendel with 3plus, Ines Hochgerner, Nina Theresa Kerschbaumer, Susi Krautgartner, Sophia Mairer and Michael Wegerer. Tonight, we will see the works by Martin Belou, Martyna Borowiecka, Jakob Buchner, Andrea Durianová, Michael Franz, Anna Hofbauer, Andrea Kopranovic, Ida Lennartsson und Petra Polli.


I cannot wait to mingle. See you tonight!



Sonja and Ines installing a piece in July


Steve enjoying art
Current exhibition at the Periscope
17/08/17 17:51 Summer Academy 2017

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