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2014 Salzburg International Summer Academy of Fine Arts – Résumé

Applications and attendance increased by 10%. Average student age lower: 68% under 35



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Friday 29 August 2014, 4 - 8 p.m.
Open Day – final presentation
During the next few days, all the classes of the International Summer Academy of Fine Arts will be preparing their final presentation, to be held on Friday in the Jewellery class in the Galerie 5020, Residenzplatz 10, and in Hohensalzburg Fortress.

This year, 19 courses of between one and four weeks were held in Hohensalzburg Fortress, Galerie 5020, the aviary in the Mirabell Garden and the surrounding park, and the Kiefer quarry in Fürstenbrunn.
Of some 300 participants from 46 countries (2013: 44) including Afghanistan, Belarus, New Zealand, Philippines, Nigeria and South Africa, about 68 % were under 35 years old (2013: 60%). There were two courses fewer than last year; Kader Attia's course had to be cancelled at short notice due to illness. Despite this, the number of students equalled that in previous years. Thus attendance increased (from about 14 last year to over 15.5 students per course this year) – borne out by applications, which increased by over 10%.
Grant applications also showed a significant increase. In the open competition for grants awarded by the Society of Friends of the Summer Academy, there were 379  applications, 110 (41%) more than last year. Altogether 91 grants were awarded this year. Sponsors include the American Austrian Foundation/Seebacher Prize for Fine Arts, Free State of Bavaria, ERSTE Foundation, Münster Academy of Fine Arts, Society of Friends of the Leipzig Academy of Graphic Arts and Book Design, Kingston University London and the Würth Company.

45 events open to the public were attended by around 3,400 visitors.

2014 Course programme
How does the world come into the picture? This was the motto of the 2014 Summer Academy's widely diversified course programme, which focused on the special ability of the fine arts to produce "images" of our increasingly impenetrable world, of both its outward appearance and its social and political conditions.

Robert Kuśmirowski's course Pub Art proved a particular attraction. For three weeks, eleven international students worked intensively on their projects for public space, mainly in and around the aviary in the Mirabell Garden, thanks to the co-operation of the City of Salzburg. The works ranged from a camera obscura in the former Baroque Museum, through an "abstract" gallows in the Mirabell Garden (an allusion to the hierarchies and power structures in both the city and the institution of the Summer Academy), a growing message in the lawn and a documentation of the a Romanian artist's application for a job as head gardener, to an interactive sound sculpture of mattress springs and a soup kitchen for all.
"Storytelling" was a focus in several courses. Participants in the photography courses directed by Paolo Woods and Tobias Zielony carried out research in the city, Felix Gmelin's students developed stories and rumours about Salzburg, and Sarnath Banerjee's class explored "downtown Salzburg", the Elisabethvorstadt, to produce small graphic novels about it.

NEW in our programme was the course directed by cinéma copains – Arne Hector/Minze Tummescheit – Handmade Cinema, working with analogue 16mm film, which the students themselves developed in the new darkroom in the Fortress. Due to enormous demand, Jennifer Allen's class, The art of writing, was held in two consecutive courses.

2014 Programme of events
Under the title Cities – spaces for art, politics, living... the theme of the course programme was more sharply focused, with particular emphasis on art in public space. Four lectures – held this year in the Stadtgalerie Lehen – by distinguished theorists (Felix Wiegand, Christoph Doswald, Jennifer Allen, Ton Matton) discussed the topic from various angles, each of the last three with a commentary by a teaching artist (cinéma copains, Tobias Zielony, Charlotte Cullinan). The lecture by art critic and historian Jennifer Allen deserves special mention. She put forward the theory that in our digital age, where only what appears in social media is "real", there is no longer any difference between private and public space, private and public spheres.
In 20 Lunch Talks, teaching artists – still focusing on the topic of the city – spoke about their own work. The four-part film and video programme in DAS KINO, curated by Rainer Bellenbaum, demonstrated clear parallels between the development of the city and that of cinema. Each of four city walks (by Sarah Untner, Bureau Du Grand Mot, Max Rieder and Julia Schwarzbach) guided an audience of 40 to little-known places, showing unfamiliar aspects of Salzburg. Group exhibitions by teaching artists and  four Open Days rounded of the programme.

Lukas Tagwerker, a radio journalist from Vienna, has documented and commented on life at the Summer Academy and in the city during the past six weeks:
Sina Moser, Salzburg artist and film-maker, has documented the lecture and discussion series and the Lunch Talks. Some of the videos are already available here on YouTube.

Further information and photo material
Bärbel Hartje
presse@summeracademy.at, +43 (0) 662 842 113
Press photos are downloadable here.

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