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Salzburg International Summer Academy of Fine Arts - Course programme 22 July–31 August 2013



Artist’s territory *. Disillusionment and re-enchantment
The 2013 programme is diverse and multifaceted, ranging from stone sculpture to media art, from “arte útil” (useful art) to jewellery design and on to curatorial practice. The focus is on exploration, defining and interpreting the terrain where art is produced, presented and communicated – as well as on the inevitable disillusionment that occasionally arises, and the subsequent re-enchantment. Students will be given assistance in discovering their own artistic cosmos and creating scope for development. The 21 courses, of between one and four weeks, are held in three locations: Hohensalzburg Fortress, the old salt factory (Alte Saline) in Hallein and the Kiefer quarry in Fürstenbrunn.

Figuration or abstraction? The painter Norbert Bisky takes students into the field of tension between the two. The contrast between precise reproduction and free expression is seen here as a valuable extension of the possibilities offered by painting. In his painting course, Hubert Scheibl, who is presenting a solo exhibition in the Salzburg Museum of Modern Art from 20 July until 20 October 2013, will examine how popular media such as film and music can influence painting. Photographer Katharina Sieverding returns, and a photography course is also offered by Paolo Woods, who works as a documentary photographer in various conflict regions (currently Haiti) for Time, Newsweek, Le Monde, Geo and other international publications, and has also enjoyed success in numerous exhibitions. His course is devoted to the question of how photography can tell stories. The Russian artist Olga Chernysheva is known for her lyrical investigations of individuality within a society in upheaval. Her course focuses on working out one's own artistic landscape, which may be expressed in a variety of media. Robert Kuśmirowski – generally called a “genius of fake” – meticulously replicates entire situations, rooms or landscapes. His students will use specified materials and situations to work out new sculptural perspectives. Christoph Draeger takes everyday objects as the basic materials for his course. By means of collages and assemblages, the students will explore how the meaning of these objects can be altered when they are placed in different contexts. In her workshop, Tania Bruguera concentrates on the question of what actual social and political effects can be achieved through art.

Further artists and curators are: Nancy Adajania, Shaina Anand/Ashok Sukumaran, Sarnath Banerjee, Leya Mira Brander, Charlotte Cullinan, Milena Dragicevic, Bassam El Baroni, Felix Gmelin, Hanspeter Hofmann, Thomas Kilpper, Mara Mattuschka, Lucy Sarneel, Schälling|Enderle.

Application, grants, closing dates
The fees are between € 430.- and € 1,120.-, depending on the duration of the course. Some 90 grants are available; application for these should be made (online only) by 10 April 2013. Information and application here.
The closing date for application for courses is 15 May 2013. Later application may be possible if places are vacant. Information and application here.

Salzburg International Summer Academy of Fine Arts – 60th Anniversary
The Salzburg International Summer Academy of Fine Arts, founded by Oskar Kokoschka in Hohensalzburg Fortress as a “School of Seeing” in 1953, celebrates its 60th anniversary in 2013.
To mark the 60th anniversary, a book will be published in spring 2013 by Jung & Jung Verlag, Salzburg. Martin Fritz is writing a comprehensive history of the Academy, from its inception under Kokoschka up to the present day.

Further Information

Johannes Greiner, presse@summeracademy.at, phone: +49 (0)173 43 22 694
Bärbel Hartje, baerbel.hartje@summeracademy.at, phone: +43 (0)662 842113
Press photos are available to download here.

*  Title of Olga Chernysheva's course


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