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Opening of the 2015 Salzburg International Summer Academy of Fine Arts, Programme of Events 20 July – 29 August

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The Summer Academy starts on 20 July 2015, with the first six of 21 courses.
As of today, we have enrolled 330 students – around the same as in previous years. We have allotted 106 grants – a substantial increase from previous years (2014: 91; 2013: 84; 2012: 88). This is primarily thanks to outstandingly generous support from members of the Society of Friends.

This year, the 63rd International Summer Academy focuses on the production of meaning. Art is always a confrontation with the world and with the society in which we live. Thus we consider that art-works produce, in diverse ways, something that could be called meaning. Not only art-works, however, but also art theory, history and criticism, as well as curatorial theory and practice, all produce meaning. What interests us in particular is how differently this topic is comprehended in the various regions of the world – by our teachers, lecturers and students, who this year come from some 50 different countries.

feld72 – Public Space
The course offered by the architecture collective feld72 is site-related. In specific transitional zones in the town, participants will examine how Salzburg fluctuates between a "state of emergency" (the Festival season) and periods of "business as usual". Public space is one of the major platforms upon which this alternation is enacted with all its opportunities and conflicts. The phenomena to be found in Salzburg can be used as a case study for the transformation of public space in general.
On Friday 7 August, the artistic works and interventions will be presented in public space. Thanks to positive co-operation with the town of Salzburg, the course is allowed temporary use of the former Baroque Museum on the Mirabellplatz as a studio for all preparatory work.
2015 programme of events
The production of meaning

Lectures and discussions

What, in the field of art, has or assumes meaning, and why? How is meaning produced, and who decides on this? What is the difference between production of knowledge and that of meaning? What is the relation between meaning and effect?
The invited lecturers at the Summer Academy address a wide range of topics in their answers to these questions – from the analysis of "Useful art" and its impact on society (Florian Malzacher, 22 July), to the critical examination of the art-work in the field of tension between market and museum (Luis Camnitzer, 28 July). David Riff (3 August) considers the current relevance of Marxist ethics, and Ekaterina Degot (12 August) asks how curatorial display in exhibitions contributes to the production of meaning. Finally, Tony Chakar (19 August) reports from his Middle Eastern culture, and talks about the relationship between ISIS and Christian minorities in the Levant.

In addition, the directors of three major Salzburg art institutions are invited to hold discussions with colleagues from Graz and Munich on The production of meaning in Museum and Kunstverein. What advantages are offered by the specific environment in Salzburg, and what are the challenges? Which current and planned projects are explicitly related to Salzburg? How can a transregional effect be achieved? Sabine Breitwieser in conversation with Peter Pakesch, Martin Hochleitner with Otto Hochreiter and Séamus Kealy with Chris Fitzpatrick.

The Salzburger Kunstverein presents Diedrich Diederichsen's three-part lecture series The Person as Special Effect.

Lunch Talks
These are held in Hohensalzburg Fortress. Under the heading of The production of meaning, Summer Academy teachers talk about their work as artists, curators or critics.

Exploring Salzburg
Four immigrants, who have lived in Salzburg for years or only months, each conduct a Walk through a different town. Jubril Olawunmi from Nigeria, Mohammad Ali Sadeghi from Afghanistan, Mohammad Basel Safrahaji from Syria and Ariadna Castorena from Mexico will show us places in Salzburg that have special significance for them, comparing specific situations with those in their native country.

The work of Summer Academy teachers is on view in three exhibitions in Salzburg. Nora Schultz shows a site-related intervention in the Cathedral Museum's Cabinet of Curiosities; Galerie Trapp displays marble reliefs by Peter Niedertscheider; and periscope hosts a two-part group exhibition entitled Referring to..., with works by cinéma copains – Arne Hector/Minze Tummescheit, Eva Engelbert, Fabian Fink, Giovanni Giaretta, Katharina Karner, Nina Kerschbaumer, Barbara Lindmayr, Maha Maamoun, Nina Prader, Viktoria Schmid, Sam Siwe, Anton Stuckardt and Siegfried Zaworka.

Open Days
At the end of each course period, the students convert their studios into exhibition rooms, for a public presentation of the work they have produced in their classes. This is a unique opportunity to experience at first hand the exceptional ambience of the Summer Academy, and to learn more about current art production.

Blogger in Residence
Throughout the Summer Academy, journalist and social anthropologist Rafael Dernbach will observe and comment on activities, artistic and otherwise, in a daily blog: www.summeracademy/blog.

General information
All events are open to the public free of charge. Details of times and locations are given on our homepage www.summeracademy.at under the menu option EVENTS 2015.

Contact and photo material
Bärbel Hartje
presse@summeracademy.at, +43 (0) 662 842 113
Press photos can be downloaded here.

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