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 where it was first hosted by Import Projects. The Berlin program is currently hosted by Spike Art Quarterly. In 2018, an additional program was hosted by Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles. In 2019, an additional program will be hosted by Performance Space New York.

The institute was founded by artist and theorist Warren Neidich and is co-directed by art critic and poet Barry Schwabsky. Sarrita Hunn is the artistic coordinator.



Full-time Summer Intensive, 2-3 weeks.



current faculty

Fia Backström, Patricia Clough, Simon Denny, Suzanne Dikker, Bracha L. Ettinger, Joerg Fingerhut, Andrea Fumagalli, Coco Fusco, Stefano Harney, Stefanie Hessler, Yuk Hui, Jitish Kallat, Agnieszka Kurant, Sanford Kwinter, Joseph E. LeDoux, Isabel Lewis, Jon Lindblom, Lev Manovich, Carlo McCormick, Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky, Yann Moulier-Boutang, Bonaventure Ndikung, Warren Neidich (founder/director), Reza Negarestani, Susanne Neubauer, Ruth Noack, Alva Noë, Boris Ondreička, Luciana Parisi, Christiane Paul, Daniel Pinchbeck, Susan Ploetz, Florencia Portocarrero, Elisabeth Von Samsonow, Barry Schwabsky (co-director), Martha Schwendener, Mithu Sen, Sensorium, Jennifer Teets, Pieter Vermeulen, Hubertus von Amelunxen, Laura Wexler, Charles T. Wolfe.