Class by Cäcilia Brown, Anna Hofbauer and Mikkel Holm Torp 2021, photo: Mira Turba
Untersberg quarry (on site only)
What to bring Laptop, camera, material from the students’ archives, tools, pens, brushes, etc.
Weatherproof clothing, safety goggles and work gloves, earmuffs, dust mask, stout work shoes (if possible with steel toe-caps), sunscreen, swimsuit, tools and material for your desired technique. Basic stone and steel working tools are provided.
Requirements Previous experience in stone sculpting is welcome but not required. Willingness to work and live in a group.
Maximum number of participants
Participation fee € 860,– (reduced € 620,–)
On the Untersberg mountainside, a small community of workers developed around the industry focused on stone quarrying. The quarry is still active but is now driven by a few people, leaving space for other activities. The framework for community life remains, and at the same time offers ideal conditions for work that is dusty and noisy, as well as space to find calm in the simplicity of mountain life. We invite you to come for the three weeks to use this platform and the unique material and spatial possibilities it offers.
The exchange between material and place, place and individuals is explored, with the surroundings as a point of departure, inviting participants to engage with ancient materials in the mixing-pot of contemporary conversation.
In this course, participants and the teaching artists live and work for three weeks directly on site. In the atmosphere of a symposium, exchange of ideas and individual work progress are valued equally. We will discuss emerging questions on context, shape, surface, forms of language, expression and intention.
Participants can learn or refine technical skills in the treatment of stone, use and learn basic steel treatment such as cutting and welding, or work site-specifically in other media.
Helping each other, discussing ideas, perhaps developing a collective practice or working individually, as well as preparing food and maintaining everyday life in the quarry – these are common ground. There will be core working hours which can be freely adjusted depending on the project.
Students in this course generally live and work in the former workers' houses on site. Everyday life in the quarry (cooking, cleaning, etc.) is organised by the students themselves. From Saturday evening, 30 July, simple dormitory accommodation is available in the quarry grounds for € 7.- per night. An invoice will be issued in advance.
Cäcilia Brown, born in Sens (FR) in 1983, focuses with her sculptures on questions concerning the social and public sphere and its immanent hierarchies, combining them with sculptural questions of weight, volume, texture and material. Her latest works use clay from recent digging for a new underground in Vienna, roof beams and other material from demolished buildings.
Solo exhibitions (recent) 2022 Landstreicherinnen, E-Werk, Freiburg (DE). Imi Knoebel/Cäcilia Brown, Galerie Senn, Vienna. 2018Es gibt Ecken, aus denen kommt man nicht mehr raus, Gabriele Senn Galerie, Vienna. 2017Spuren der Zeit, Leopold Museum, Vienna. Luxusprobleme, Gabriele Senn Galerie, Vienna. Normalities, Austrian Cultural Forum, New York, NY (US).
Group exhibitions (recent) 2021 Biennale Internazionale Donna, Triest (IT). 2020 Everything was clear, Künstlerhaus Wien, Vienna. In case of an avalanche, Stadtgalerie Lehen, Salzburg (AT). 2019Brown, Meier, Raff, Nicolas Krupp Contemporary Art, Basel (CH). Über das Neue. Junge Szenen in Wien, Belvedere 21, Vienna. 2018Susi klebt sich in die Ecke und schreibt Biedermeier an die Wand, Belvedere 21, Vienna. Women of the Town, Laura Mars Gallery, Berlin. Performance – Körper als Kontinuum in der Kunst, Gabriele Senn Galerie, Vienna. Space for Kids. WeltTraumStadt, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna.
Education 2004–2011 Fine Arts, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. 2008–09 Marmara University, Istanbul.
Teaching 2015 (ongoing) Lecturer in the department of Sculpture and Transmedial Space, University for Art and Design, Linz (AT). 2019 Guest lecturer at University of Applied Arts, Vienna. 2020 Teaching Minerals and Overalls with Anna Hofbauer & Mikkel Holm Torp at Salzburg International Summer Academy of Fine Arts. 2013 and 2014 Co-teacher in Robert Kusmirowski Sculpture class at Salzburg International Summer Academy of Fine Arts 2012 Co-teacher in Manfred Pernice Sculpture class at Salzburg International Summer Academy of Fine Arts 2009-2017 Leading and developing art courses for children at Atelier Zoom Children's Museum, Vienna 2015-2017 Developing and organising volunteer-based art courses at refugee centres in Vienna
Anna Hofbauer works in the media of sculpture and photography, often based on structures borrowed from narrative forms such as novels, diaries, myths, essays or screenplays. She has participated in exhibitions and sculpture workshops in Europe and Asia and performs slideshow presentations that link depictions of sculpture and landscape with historic and ongoing narrations of sculpture and society. She is a co-founder of the non-commercial exhibition space BLACKBRIDGE OFF 空间, Beijing, where she curated group shows and film programmes from 2010 until 2015.
Solo exhibitions (recent) 2020 ada is … Anna Hofbauer, ada – artistic dynamic association, Vienna. 2018BOSCH & HOFBAUER. Anna Hofbauer: Drucke, Paintings Gallery of the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna. 2017mein Vulkan bricht nur für dich nicht aus Anna Hofbauer, FOX, Vienna. 2016GHOSTS look somewhat different 2016, A307, Vienna. terracotta conflisi, Galerija 42°, Cetinje (ME).
Group exhibitions (recent) 2021 transfers, Charim Galerie, Vienna. 2020 in case of an avalanche, Stadtgalerie Lehen, Salzburg. cerebro con huevo, Biquini Wax EPS, Mexico City. 2019Al fresco, V.esch, Kaltenleutgeben (AT). TWO MEN STANDING. Part 2, Out of Sight, Antwerp (BE). #oblaka. Dave’s house, Detroit, MI (US). 2018Newjörg Immendorf, New Jörg, Düsseldorf (DE). Shifting Point(s), periscope, Salzburg (AT). Mittelbau, Skulpturinstitut, Vienna.
Education 2003–2009 Fine Arts, Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna. 2003 Industrial Design, École de Design Industrielle, Nantes. 2000–2005 Stage Design, University of Applied Arts, Vienna.
Teaching 2020 Teaching Minerals and Overalls with Cäcilia Brown & Mikkel Holm Torp at Salzburg International Summer Academy of Fine Arts. 2018 Co-teaching, Working with stone with Andreas Lolis, at Salzburg International Summer Academy of Fine Arts. 2018 Senior artist, Objektbildhauerei / Julian Goethe, Akademie der Bildenden Künste Wien, Vienna. 2017 Co-teaching, Working with stone with Andreas Lolis, at Salzburg International Summer Academy of Fine Arts. 2016 Senior artist, Objektbildhauerei / Julian Goethe, Akademie der Bildenden Künste Wien, Vienna.
Anna Hofbauer, Bianca Regl (ed.): BLACKBRIDGE OFF, Verlag für Moderne Kunst, Vienna 2018.
Mikkel Holm Torp, born in Frederiksberg (DK) in 1987, lives and works in Copenhagen and Carrara (IT). He works with sculpture, ceramics and installations. His works are developed from knowledge in stone masonry and investigations of mineral materials. He explores how art forms correspond with geology, landscape and archaeology. His latest works question how stones are valuable elements, not only as minerals, but also as metaphors for navigating in historical landscapes, cultural memory and iconology.
Education 2011–2015 Apprenticeship at Raadvad Stenhuggeri, Hovedstaden (DK) 2015–2018 Accademia di Belle Arti di Carrara
Teaching 2020 Teaching Minerals and Overalls with Cäcilia Brown & Mikkel Holm Torp at Salzburg International Summer Academy of Fine Arts. 2019 Co-teaching, Listen to the stone with Karin Reichmuth, at Salzburg International Summer Academy of Fine Arts.