Running a „global academy“ means that you need expanding networks. Our way of establishing networks is very simple. We ask all teachers, lecturers and the students, whom they suggest for a teaching position. We travel, visit exhibitions, symposia, lectures, bookstores, galleries, art spaces in as many different parts of the world as possible. And there is also internet research, libraries, books, magazines …
When we invite artists, curators, critics to teach or lecture in Salzburg, we either know this person ourselves or we need recommendations. That means people who know us as well as this person. Artworld people are often sceptical about an art school, where everybody can apply to study, like at the summeracademy.
We invite artists whom we consider as great artists and whom we also imagine to be great teachers. We only invite artists who don’t have a professorship in an European Art Academy. And we invite each person only twice (with very seldom exceptions), because we want to make sure, that there is a development, a permanent change.
I try to combine a faculty each year, which is hot, mixed, global, diverse, artists, curators, critics who might also be interested in each other, who love to share their knowledge and who have a lot to say, about art production, the art world, art history etc.
"For me, the International Summer Academy is a very special place. The intensive, creative and inspiring atmosphere in all our activities never ceases to fascinate me. Artists come to us – as teachers and students – from all over the world, taking advantage of this summer time-slot to concentrate exclusively on production, reflection and presentation, far removed from their everyday life. Disillusionment and re-enchantment, downfall and upswing – all this is possible; there emerge not only exceptional works of art, but also friendships and networks that often last a lifetime. The long-term project Global/Planetary Academy is at present my main objective. Its aim is to further establish the Summer Academy as a hotspot for global art, tackling relevant questions and strengthening worldwide connections. The project focuses on questions of how art can be learned and taught in the globalised world."