I vaguely remember that Tobias Pils visited me some years ago, to present his work. In the meanwhile he is one of the very few Austrian artists of his generation, who has been internationally immensely successful. He is not only with three very powerful galleries like Eva Presenhuber, Zürich, New York (Tobias inaugurated her New York branch 2017), Capitain Petzel, Berlin and Gisela Capitain, Cologne. But he also has been doing numerous institutional shows: in the Secession, Vienna, the Kunsthalle Krems, Josef Albers Museum Quadrat, Bottrop, Germany, Le Consortium, Dijon, France, Chinati Foundation, Marfa/ TX, US etc.
His idea of teaching the course is to accompany each student individually to do some new steps in his/her artistic production. Therefore I’m excited to see how this will work and if and how the group will come in at a certain point.
Tobias Pils will encourage students to withdraw into themselves to work, to reflect and to exchange ideas. The aim is to familiarise them with their own work and working method. Tobias would like to enable students to gradual distancing and further development.
All classic painting and drawing techniques are welcome in the course. The prerequisite is process-oriented open-mindedness towards calling in question ones own working method. One to one conversations will initiate this process, which the students will then implement in their work.
13 March 2019
by Hildegund Amanshauser
"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."