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16 July – 25 August 2012 Programme of events


The 2012 programme of events presented by the Salzburg International Summer Academy of Fine Arts focuses on the topical theme of The studio. As a place of production, the studio is a highly-charged, mysticised place where art is created. Here the artist invents him/herself. Here the production methods and their historical development become apparent. A studio, however, can be many kinds of place. The architecturally defined space, the classic sculptor's or painter's studio, is only one possibility. The computer memory, a shared office space, the street, the city, an exhibition, a café – all these and more can function, temporarily at least, as a studio, or can be defined as such.

Since the 1960s, the classic concept of the studio has been increasingly called in question. In 1971, Daniel Buren proclaimed the abolition of the studio, and John Baldessari's Post Studio class in the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) started the previous year. Site-specificity, art in public space, installation, appropriation, performance, interventions and the like are all developments over the past forty years; they signify a redefinition of artistic work, and entail a revaluation of the function of the studio as a workshop for physical production, effectively abolishing it in its 19th-century form.

In contrast to the course programme, the programme of events is open to all those interested, being intended as a substantial contribution to the mediation of contemporary art and forms of discourse in Salzburg.

Lectures and discussions
A new series of events has been developed for the topic of The studio. Five evening sessions in the new  Salzburg University Unipark Nonntal, each consisting of two to four short lectures followed by public discussions, will deal with the five topics listed below. The lecturers are art historians, curators and artists from all over the world.

History and current relevance of the studio – Katharina Grosse, Jon Wood
20 July 2012, 6.30 p.m., Hörsaal 2, Unipark Nonntal, Erzabt-Klotz-Str. 1
To start the series, the history of the studio, traced by curator and art historian Jon Wood with the help of studio photographs taken since the 1850s, will be contrasted with the today's position, presented by artist Katharina Grosse. In 2007, she had a "studio machine" built by augustinundfrank architects in Berlin, where she lives and works.
Moderation: Hildegund Amanshauser

The city is our "factory" – Shaina Anand/Ashok Sukumaran, Niels Boeing, Charlotte Cullinan, Christoph Schäfer
25 July 21012, 6.30 p.m., Hörsaal 2, Unipark Nonntal, Erzabt-Klotz-Str. 1
Here the questions concern the relation between city, artist and production, and what has changed in the post-industrial, digital age. How does the city change? What influences its relation with the artist? Are new places of collective production really a model for the future?
Moderation: Hildegund Amanshauser

Political interventions and working in collectives – Tania Bruguera, Jörg Franzbecker, Voina, What, How & for Whom
27 July 2012, 6.30 p.m., Hörsaal 2, Unipark Nonntal, Erzabt-Klotz-Str. 1
The question of site, function and structure of studios entails the question of artistic production. What persons, in what functions or roles, are involved in the creation of a work? What form does the work take? Participants will discuss work in collectives, interdisciplinary work, dissolution of roles (we speak of "cultural producers" now, rather than of artists, curators, etc.), participation and artistic work as collective knowledge production.
Moderation: Helmut Draxler

The global/local studio – Christoph Draeger, Jens Hoffmann, Bojana Pejic, Bisi Silva
7 August 2012, 6.30 p.m., Hörsaal 2, Unipark Nonntal, Erzabt-Klotz-Str. 1
The age of globalisation raises the question of the conditions of artistic production the world over, what the regional differences are, and how artists react to these. The discussion will look at the field of tension between "local" and "global", which concerns any artistic production intended as supra-regional.
Moderation: Georg Schöllhammer

Getting out of the (traditional) studio – Wouter Davidts, Christian Jankowski, Philip Ursprung, Carey Young
21 August 2012, 6.30 p.m., Hörsaal 2, Unipark Nonntal, Erzabt-Klotz-Str. 1
Since the modern movement, artists have increasingly been taking over new spaces as their (post-)studio – media, landscape, museums, public space. Works are conceived as site-specific, their content relating directly to their location.
Thus Christian Jankowski made a television studio or a church his studio, "cleaned up" Nam June Paik's studio in the museum dedicated to him in Korea, and in her work Everything you've heard is wrong (1999) Carey Young made Speakers' Corner in London the scene of her production.
Moderation: Raimar Stange.

Architectural and other projects – Arno Brandlhuber
8 August 2012, 8 p.m., Hörsaal 2, Unipark Nonntal, Erzabt-Klotz-Str. 1
In co-operation with Initiative Architektur, Arno Brandlhuber presents some of his current architectural and urban-planning projects

Lunch Talks
All the teaching artists and some guests present their working methods in Lunch Talks in Hohensalzburg Fortress or the Alte Saline Hallein, discuss current projects and reflect on the topic of The studio.

Several of the teaching artists offer insights into their work, in exhibition spaces in Salzburg and Hallein: Jo Ractliffe in the Fotohof, Christoph Schäfer and Stephen Mathewson in the kuntraum pro arte, Lin Cheung in the Cathedral Museum, Helen Schoene in the Galerie Eboran, and (almost) all the Summer Academy assitants in the two-part show At work, curated by Bärbel Hartje, in the Galerie KG Freiräume in Hallein.

Exploring Salzburg – studio visits
The series Exploring Salzburg, which began in 2010 with visits to art galleries and continued last year with visits to Salzburg art collections, is devoted this year to visiting artists' studios. Some of the many artists who live and work here will open their studios to visitors and offer insights into their working methods. This brings the current topic right into the town.
Tuesday 24 July 2012, 6 p.m.: Lithography workshop/Bernhard Lochmann
Thursday 26 July 2012, 6 p.m.: Konrad Rainer, and others – Jahnstrasse studios
Tuesday 31 July 2012, 6 p.m.: Mario Sinnhofer
Wednesday 1 August 2012, 6 p.m.: Fritz Rücker, Peter Brauneis/Martina Mühlfellner
Dienstag 14. August 2012, 6 p.m.: Elisabeth Schmirl/Stefan Heizinger – periscope
Freitag 17. August 2012, 6 p.m.: Gold Extra
Wednesday 22 August 2012, 6 p.m.: Andrew Phelps
Reservation required: sommer@summeracademy.at oder +43 (0) 662 842 113

Photographer in Residence

After Thandile Zwelibanzi and Jay Caboz, photographer Dahlia Maubane is this year's guest. She will spend two weeks (22 July – 4 August) observing the operation of the Summer Academy and develop her findings into a photographic project of her own. This is a continuation of the co-operation with the Photo Market Workshop in Johannesburg and Camera Austria in Graz.

Open Days
The Open days offer insights into the students' artistic production  and allow anyone interested to experience the unique atmosphere in the course locations:
3 August, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., Hohensalzburg Fortress and Alte Saline Hallein;
24 August, 11 a.m. - 18 p.m., Hohensalzburg Fortress, Alte Saline Hallein, Kiefer quarry, Fürstenbrunn.

General information

Entry to all events is free. Admission to events in the Fortress is free for Salzburg residents; other visitors pay the regular Fortress admission fee.

For the detailed programme of events, click here

Further information
Susanne Tiefenbacher presse@summeracademy.at, +43 (0) 664 1442114
Bärbel Hartje baerbel.hartje@summeracademy.at, +43 (0) 662 842 113

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