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Salzburg International Summer Academy of Fine Arts – 2011 course programme 18 July - 27 August 2011


The programme of the 2011 Salzburg International 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. This year, special attention is devoted to the question of what social role art plays in today's globalised world. "What is art today?" – this is the theme to be elucidated from various points of view.


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, who sees drawing as a "wish-machine". Jewellery artist Lin Cheung deals with "the Social Life of Jewellery as a way of seeing", and Jo Ractliffe Evoking the real, explores the expressive element in documentary photography. Mumbai-based artist Jitish Kallat, in his one-week, intensive "off course", will establish an interdisciplinary laboratory, in which students will be encouraged to sharpen and extend their conceptual and artistic skills.


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 following courses: Milena Dragicevic Meet the artist, find the image, Katrin Plavcak Three paintings I wouldn't have painted so soon, Hubert Scheibl Painting, photography and film and Christina Zurfluh Extended painting / painting and space.


Artistic techniques and genres

Specific artistic techniques are the focus of courses directed by Katrina Daschner Performance and the performative, Judy Fox Figure modelling, Denes Miklosi Functions of printmaking and Hubert Maier/Knut Wold with the Stone Sculpture Symposium in the Kiefer quarry in Fürstenbrunn.


Curatorial practice

An innovation this year is the course on Curating. Maria Lind, who has gained wide experience as a curator and teacher in places including Stockholm, Munich and New York, 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. The causes of this are diverse – including the current interdisciplinary trends (e.g. artistic research), or the globalisation of art, which shows the western definition of art as only one amongst many.


Programme of events

The Summer Academy is planning a symposium on Global Art, to be held 29th and 30th July in collaboration with the Austrian section of the AICA (Association Internationale des Critiques d’Art). The concept is being prepared by Sabine B. Vogel and Hildegund Amanshauser. A continuation of the series "Lunch Talks" and "Exploring Salzburg" is also planned. Guests will again be invited to take part, in cooperation with the Literaturforum Leselampe (Author in Residence), and Camera Austria and Market Photo Workshop Johannisburg, SA (Photographer in Residence).



Duration 18 July - 27 August 2011

Application: deadline 15 May 2011 (for grants, 15 April 2011)

Fees: 4-week course: € 1,070.- (reduced fee for students: € 750.-)

3-week course: € 840.- (€ 600.-)

2-week course: € 610.- (€ 450.-)

1-week course: € 380.- (€ 300.-)



Director: Hildegund Amanshauser, +43 662 842113, hildegund.amanshauser@summeracademy.at

PR: Susanne Tiefenbacher, +43 664 1442114, presse@summeracademy.at

www.summeracademy.at (with downloadable photos)

February 8th, 2011

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