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Global Academy II, examples of transcultural exchange

  • 10 July 2018

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Press release

10 July 2018


Conference: Global Academy II, examples of transcultural exchange

11/12 August 2018, Salzburg


For some years now, the Salzburg International Summer Academy of Fine Arts has organised the Global Academy project, which deals with questions of learning and teaching art in a global context.



The 2016 conference discussed alternative academies in the global south; in 2018, various models of transcultural artistic exchange will be presented, raising the following questions: Against the background of colonialism, past and present, how can we actively promote an exchange of ideas beyond binary systems such as colonial/post-colonial, north/south, western/non-western thinking?What projects exist, and how do they work? How do creative artists, curators and institutions address transcultural themes? What methods do they use to position themselves in different regions of the world and arrive at mutual understanding?


Order of events

In the course of the weekend, after an introductory talk by artist, curator and teacher Shuddhabrata Sengupta, a member of the Raqs Media Collective in Delhi,selected experts from diverse fields of art will present their works on specific topics. This takes place in three sections of 15 minutes each followed by discussion.

The presenters of the fast-paced Pecha Kucha sections (20 slides shown for 20 seconds each) were selected in an open call and for their projects based in the global south. Two observers, Cristina Bogdan and Martin Herbert – both international art critics – will summarise the ideas presented and moderate a subsequent future-oriented panel discussion, which promises an animated debate on alternative models to come.



Lecturers:Shuddhabrata Sengupta, Marina Fokidis, Charles Esche, Alexander Koch, Clémentine Deliss, Bouchra Khalili, Will Calderón Furtado, Natasha Ginwala, Paul Feigelfeld, Ahlam Shibli, Diana Campbell Betancourt, Stephanie Bailey, Tony Chakar, Emeka Okereke, Sabine B. Vogel,

Observers: Martin Herbert and Christina Bogdan.

Concept: Hildegund Amanshauser and Kimberly Bradley.


Pecha Kucha participants: Andrew Gayed, Vanessa Gravenor, Debbie Onuoha, Iaroslav

Volovod, Amara Antilla, Hira Nabi, Rachel-Bride Ashton & May Murad, Cristiana Tejo & Kiki



Long-term Global Academyproject

Transcultural learning has always been carried on at the Summer Academy, but the methods and content of the Academy have evolved since its founding by painter Oscar Kokoschka in 1953. The Summer Academy regards itself as a global academy; teachers are invited from all over the world, and students come from up to 50 different countries. The Global Academyproject addresses current questions of global art, strengthening networks with other institutions worldwide, with particular focus on the “global south”.



Further information

Simone Rudolph

Communications & assistant to the director, tel.: +43 (0)662 842113