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Cäcilia Brown/Anna Hofbauer/Mikkel Holm Torp

Minerals and overalls
26 July–22 August 2020

Quarry 2019
Untersberg quarry, 2019. Photo: Mira Turba

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Works with stone, steel, drawing, photography, video, all media welcome

Untersberg quarry

Teaching language
English (the teachers also speak German, Danish, French and Italian)

What to bring
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 tools are provided.

Previous experience in stone sculpting is welcome but not required.

Maximum number of participants

Participation fee
€ 1,240.– (€ 920.–)

As opposed to biological life, minerals are often seen as something dead – yet they interact with us in numerous ways. The Untersberg quarry lies as a cavity in the green Untersberg mountainside, where stone has formed the life of humans for centuries, as humans have engaged with the shaping of stone. It offers ideal conditions for different approaches to the material as well as to the landscape of stone production.

Awareness of the relation of exchange between material and place and place and individuals is explored with stone as a point of departure, understood as an artistic material itself alongside or in relation to other materials and media.

In this course, participants and the teaching artists live and work for four weeks directly on site. In the atmosphere of a symposium exchange and individual work progress is valued equally. We will discuss emerging questions on shape, surface, forms of language, expression and intention.

Participants can learn or refine technical skills in the treatment of stone, explore the possibilities and limitations of working in limestone and get to know the light, colour and textural qualities of this specific material or work site-specically in other media.

Helping each other, discussing ideas, maybe developing a collective practice or working individually as well as preparing food and maintaining everyday life in the quarry 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, 25 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 public space. Her latest works use roof beams and other material from demolished buildings, in allusion to socio-economics of urban life and increasing commercialisation of the property market. She lives and works in Vienna.

Solo exhibitions (recent)
2018 Es gibt Ecken, aus denen kommt man nicht mehr raus, Gabriele Senn Galerie, Vienna. 2017 Spuren der Zeit, Leopold Museum, Vienna. Luxusprobleme, Gabriele Senn Galerie, Vienna. Normalities, Austrian Cultural Forum, New York, NY (US).

Group exhibitions (recent)
2019 Brown, Meier, Raff, Nicolas Krupp Contemporary Art, Basel (CH). Über das Neue. Junge Szenen in Wien, Belvedere 21, Vienna. 2018 Susi 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.

Anna Hofbauer works between 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 sculptures and landscapes with historic and ongoing narrations of sculpture and society. She is a co-founder of the non-commercial exhibition space BLACKBRIDGE OFF, Beijing, where she curated group shows and film programmes from 2010 until 2015.

Solo exhibitions (recent)
2018 BOSCH & HOFBAUER. Anna Hofbauer: Drucke, Paintings Gallery of the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna. 2017 mein Vulkan bricht nur für dich nicht aus Anna Hofbauer, FOX, Vienna. 2016 GHOSTS look somewhat different 2016, A307, Vienna. terracotta conflisi, Galerija 42°, Cetinje (ME).

Group exhibitions (recent)
2019 Al fresco, V.esch, Kaltenleutgeben (AT). TWO MEN STANDING. Part 2, Out of Sight, Antwerp (BE). #oblaka. Dave’s house, Detroit, MI (US). 2018 Newjörg Immendorf, New Jörg, Düsseldorf (DE). Shifting Point(s), periscope, Salzburg (AT). Mittelbau, Skulpturinstitut, 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). After serving his stonemason apprenticeship in Copenhagen he studied at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Carrara. Based on the historical relationship between narrative and stone, his work focuses on how the solidification of the past becomes visible in the creation of personal fictions.
Portrait photos Cäcilia Brown, Anna Hofbauer, Mikkel Holm Tort
Portrait photo Brown: Mischa Leinkauf
Portrait photo Hofbauer: Dominik Hruza
Portrait photo Torp: Claus Torp