Saas-Fee Summer Institute of Art

Saas-Fee Summer Institute of Art (SFSIA) is a nomadic, intensive summer academy with shifting programs in contemporary critical theory. SFSIA stresses an interdisciplinary approach to understanding the relationship between art and politics. The program consists of seminar-style lectures, deep readings, and workshops. An evening lecture program is free and open to the public. We encourage all genre of artists, film-makers, poets, philosophers, architects, critical theorists, and curators whose practice could use an invigorating jolt of new theory to seriously consider applying for the program.

SFSIA originated in Saas-Fee, Switzerland in 2015 and migrated to Berlin, Germany in 2016. The institute was founded by artist and theorist Warren Neidich and is co-directed by art critic and poet Barry Schwabsky. Sarah Beadle serves as Director of Administration.

In 2018 a new program is hosted by Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles in addition to Berlin. The Los Angeles program runs May 21 to June 3, 2018. SFSIA | Berlin runs July 8th to July 24, 2018.  Our exciting faculty consists of philosophers, scientists, practicing artists, architectural thinkers, curators and critical theorists. It is a hands-on, rigorous environment to learn in. 



Full-time Summer Intensive Seminar, 2-3 weeks. Two separate programs: Los Angeles and Berlin.



current faculty

Los Angeles: Alva Noë, Andrew Culp, Arne De Boever, Benjamin H. Bratton, Barry Schwabsky, Bruce Wexler, Candice Lin, Ed Finn, Eleanor Kaufman, Florencia Portocarrero, Graham Harman, Hamza Walker, Jason Smith, Jennifer Teets, Johanna Drucker, John C. Welchman, Juli Carson, Kenneth Reinhard, Mary Kelly, N. Katherine Hayles, Nima Bassiri, Renee Petropoulos, Reza Negarestani, Sanford Kwinter, Suparna Choudhury, and Warren Neidich