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2012 Salzburg International Summer Academy of Fine Arts – Résumé


This year, 22 courses of between 1 and 4 weeks were held in Hohensalzburg Fortress, the Alte Saline Hallein and the Kiefer Quarry. Of some 310 participants, more than 50% were under 30 years old. The average age this year was once more significantly lower; at the same time, the degree of professionalism was considerably higher. The international appeal of the Summer Academy is demonstrated by this year's renewed increase in grant applications to around 480 (2011: 370). Some 5,100 visitors attended 51 events on the theme of The studio.

2012 course programme
The motto of the 2012 course programme was "to jump into the abyss, only to resurface". This was a reference to the current social and political situation as well as to artistic production, which for the artist always signifies both the risk of failure and the hope of gaining fresh insight. Our courses attract more and more artists who have already made something of their career and are looking for new approaches and ideas for their production. Thus the current motto has met with enormous appreciation from the participants. Many of the courses dealt directly with the content, as for example Tania Bruguera's Political Timing Specific, Christoph Schäfer's Drawing as desiring-machine: reinventing the city, or Christopher Roth's Crises, changes, clash – towards a new contemporaneity.
The following classes were fully booked: Leya Mira Brander, Milena Dragicevic, Juan A. Gaitán/Maria Lind, Hanspeter Hofmann, Mara Mattuschka, Manfred Pernice, Krystyna Piotrowska, Katharina Sieverding and What, How & for Whom/WHW.
2012 programme of events
This year's programme of events, themed since 2010 and open free of charge to the public, focused on The studio as a place of artistic production – a topic which invited controversy, and which was broadly discussed (not only) in the comprehensive lecture series. This ranged from an introduction to the history of the studio since the 19th century, by Jon Wood (Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, UK) to the topics The City is our "Factory", Political Interventions and Working in Collectives, or The Global/Local Studio. Lecturers included prominent artists such as Katharina Grosse, Christian Jankowski and Carey Young, and curators and art historians Jens Hoffmann, Bojana Pejic, Bisi Silva and Philip Ursprung.

All the Lunch Talks held by teachers were of outstanding quality, taking a close look at a whole range of approaches to and uses of the studio.
Dahlia Maubane from Johannesburg, this year's Photographer in Residence, also took the theme of The studio for her photo-documentary project on the Summer Academy.
The series Exploring Salzburg, which this year offered visits to eight Salzburg studios, brought interesting encounters between the participants and artists working in Salzburg.

All the 2012 events were documented and commented with texts (Ian Macgregor Morris) and photographs (Isabella Hager) in the Summer Academy Blog. The lectures, discussions and two Lunch Talks, filmed by Laura Kokoshka, will shortly be available on Youtube.

Outlook for 2013

The 2013 International Summer Academy will be held from 22 July to 31 August. Since the Summer Academy will be celebrating the 60th anniversary of its founding, its history and its current position will be subjected to intensive analysis. A book is planned for July 2013, published by Jung und Jung Verlag. Currently, Martin Fritz (www.martinfritz.net) is working on a research project on the history of the Summer Academy, which will produce a detailed essay for the book. Here, for the first time, the Stuppäck period will be closely analysed. There is also a fictive interview with Oskar Kokoschka, compiled with quotations from letters, speeches and diaries, to trace the history and the intention of the "School of Seeing". Statements by teaching artists and students over six decades complete the book.
The history and current relevance of the Summer Academy and artistic training in general will be the theme of an international symposium next summer.

Downloadable press images in high resolution are to be found here

For further details, please contact:
Susanne Tiefenbacher presse@summeracademy.at, +43 (0) 664 1442114
Bärbel Hartje baerbel.hartje@summeracademy.at, +43 (0) 662 842 113


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