Perform, paint, print, and pencil! The Summer Academy’s Open House is an alternative Festspiele and ultimately, a celebration. Rhythm, mark making, and magic in respective fields highlight the classes outcomes from the intensive processes of the past weeks.
At Kunstquartier, Yorgos Sapountzis and Marilena Katranidous collaborate with Oyvind Torvund (International Summer Academy for Musik). A multi-layered performance begins outside. The smallest movement becomes the largest gesture. The most mundane materials are activated to a swell of sounds and gatherings. Folding paper. Knocking rocks. Poking balloons. Rolling scrolls. Attaching paper limbs. Remixed Soprano solos. Sculptural interventions. It was an abstract techno opera, a one-time experience. Projections broadcast via miniature theater. Everyone has a part to produce a whole. A contemporary vibe provokes Salzburg’s Festspiele.
Cameron Jamie’s class, co-taught with Eva Engelbert, ceremoniously opens to a zine festival on the Festung. The test prints from the battle with the copy machine are on the walls, the limited editions in rainbow papers on tables in the center of the room. Viewers leaf through the books. Immerse themselves in printed matter universes.
Finished potions from alchemy lessons with Paulina Olowska manifest as charcoal drawings, oil paintings,and sculptural totems. Diagrams of anatomy and recipes for paint mixtures are on the walls as well. The taxidermy models are also just hanging out, stiff and stuffed, while the paintings animate them to incantations.
In Massinissa Selmani’s class, fine pencil drawings provide an ephemeral and fragile view into political questions both fictitious and true. Newspaper collages and animations and a lot of transparent paper create layer upon layer. It’s as if the room is full of paper whispers.
18 August 2019
by Nina Prader
Nina Prader is an artist, author, independent publisher, and a print activist in Berlin and Vienna. She has written for Texte zur Kunst, Spex, SLEEK, BerlinArtLink, HANT, Arts for the Working Class, Wespennest, and Augustin. Her research focuses on printed matters and the Risograph. Most recently she curated the exhibition “Druck Druck Druck” in the Galerie im Körnerpark, Berlin; the gallery became a live publishing house and print studio to pursue radical goals in art, education, and community.