April 26, 2012

Salzburg International Summer Academy of Fine Arts – 2012 course program

Salzburg International Summer Academy of Fine Arts

“…to plunge into the abyss, only to resurface”
is the motto of the 2012 Summer Academy course programme. It refers to the current social and political situation, in which many people have the feeling that they are hovering on the brink of disaster. It is also a metaphor for artistic production, which always involves taking a plunge, in the hope of resurfacing immediately.

Political artistic practices
In her course Political Timing Specific, the sculptor and performance artist Tania Bruguera will introduce a working method in which the piece correlates with the political circumstances existing in the moment it is made or exhibited. Under the title Crises, changes, clash – towards a new contemporaneity, architect Arno Brandlhuber negotiates questions of participation in or distribution of social space. He investigates the legitimation of spatial production, of both representative and iconic architecture. While Brandlhuber approaches these questions from the viewpoint of architect and urban planner, Christoph Schäfer‘s angle is that of artist and activist. His course Drawing as desiring-machine: re-inventing the city starts from a critical reflection on the town, seeking “submerged traces of the imaginary in the walls of everyday life.” In their Rough Guide to the Media Arts, Shaina Anand and Ashok Sukumaran, dOCUMENTA (13) participants, deal with artistic production in free radio, television, and video formats as well as in the Internet and other electronic networks, and question its utopian potential.

Tanja Bruguera: Performance, video, public art, behaviour art, 16 July–4 August 2012

Arno Brandlhuber: Architecutre, 6–25 August 2012

Christoph Schäfer: Drawing, installation, mixed media, 16 July–4 August 2012

Shaina Anand/Ashok Sukumaran: Media art, 16 July–4 August 2012

The high quality of the courses is guaranteed by the requirement that all prospective participants must apply for acceptance. On the basis of the submitted dossier, the teachers select participants, who will be notified by 31 May 2012. Closing date for applications for courses is 15 May 2012. If numbers allow, later applications may be considered.


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