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March 15, 2022

Open call: summer school for Land and Environmental Art

Alps Art Academy

Badel/Sarbach, Animal Remains, 2018.

Ben Vautier, Terrain Vague, 1961–70.

Marcus Maeder, ACLA, 2021.

Courtesy Alps Art Academy.

Alps Art Academy
The fourth international Alps Art Academy will take place between August 25–September 3, 2022, in the Safiental (Grisons, Switzerland). Located in Tenna, 1650 metres above sea level, the summer school focuses on Land and Environmental Art. In a dialogue with the canonical Land Art of the 1960s–70s, the Academy focuses on contemporary approaches to Land and Environmental Art by bringing them into a relationship with the Alpine landscape. We wish to create a platform of potentialities for contemporary and future Land and Environmental Art, which integrates not only the natural landscape and the environment but also other media and the wider social and cultural context.

We encourage proposal submissions from artists working with landscape and the environment across genres and media, as well as from theoreticians, facilitators and curators engaged in research on the topic of Land and Environmental Art. We welcome applications accompanied by a concrete concept that can be realised during the period of the summer school. The concepts should reflect the 2022 Alps Art Academy theme Learning from the Earth. It is an invitation to rethink our relationship with the Earth. It is a call to action and a question about how we can artistically and scientifically create a more ecological and just future. The Academy is both a school about change and a catalyst for change.

Program
Gathering circa twenty participants over a period of ten days, the Academy offers a rich program of workshops, seminars, field trips, artist talks and presentations, as well as a thematic symposium. Participants have the opportunity to explore what it means to create in, and interact with, the Alpine landscape and apply their experience in their work. Participants work together with local and international instructors who offer practical and theoretical mentoring. The Academy is linked to the ILEA Institute for Land and Environmental Art and the outdoor biennale ART SAFIENTAL (July 2–October 23, 2022) during which the final projects of the academy will be presented.

Instructors
Main Faculty: Badel/Sarbach (Switzerland), Laura Bodenmann (Switzerland), Gerber/Bardill (Switzerland), Fabian Gutscher (Switzerland), Hanna Hölling (Switzerland/UK), Kaspar König (Switzerland), Sascha Skraban (Switzerland). Guest faculty: Othmar Arnold (Switzerland), Mirja Busch (Denmark), Johannes M. Hedinger (Switzerland), Michèle Hürlimann (Switzerland), Marcus Maeder (Switzerland), Dharmendra Prasad (India), Shazeb Shaikh (India) amongst others.

Registration/information
The conditions of participation, application form and further information can be obtained here.

Fees
1,400 CHF, 1,450 USD, 1,350 EUR. The fee covers ten days of participation in the academy, accommodation in a single bedroom, board and excursions: Travel expenses to and from the Academy are not included and have to be borne by the participants. For participants in need of financial support there is the possibility to apply for funding.

Funding
The academy is committed to a diverse group of participants (age, gender, origin, underrepresented groups). Lower-income applicants may apply for a stipend. To qualify for funding, applicants should provide a justification letter in addition to the regular application form.

Deadline
The deadline for submissions is Sunday, April 24, 2022.

Organization
Sponsorship: Naturpark Beverin / The Municipality of Safiental; ILEA Institute for Land and Environmental Art; Director: Johannes M. Hedinger.

Related events
Biennial Art Safiental: Learning from the earth
July 2–October 23, 2022, Safiental, Switzerland.
Artists: Lara Almarcegui, Badel/Sarbach, Ursula Biemann, Julius von Bismarck, Com&Com, Valentina Demicheli, Saskia Edens, Lithic Alliance, Marcus Maeder, !Mediengruppe Bitnik, Dharmendra Prasad, Simon/Odermatt, Steiner/Lenzlinger, Ben Vautier. Curated by Johannes M. Hedinger.

Symposium ILEA Talks: Learning from the earth
August 27–August 28, 2022, Tenna, Switzerland and live stream.
Speakers: Ursula Biemann, Annemarie Bucher, Damian Christinger, Johannes Hedinger, Hanna Hölling, Catherine Hug, Marcus Maeder, Naturpark Beverin, Dharmendra Prasad, Boris Previšic, Re Source ZHDK, Shazeb Shaik amongst others.

Publication LANDSCAPE #1
2020, 288 pages, ISBN 978-3-909090-94-5. Authors: Aufdi Aufdermauer, Mirja Busch, Delphine Chapuis Schmitz, William L. Fox, Johannes M. Hedinger, Hanna B. Hölling, Mattli Hunger, Sibylle Omlin, Janis Osolin, Lukas Ott, Jano Felice Pajarola, Jolanda Rechsteiner, Emily Eliza Scott, Chris Taylor, Lucie Tuma. Edited by Johannes M. Hedinger and Hanna B. Hölling.

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