The team of the International Summer Academy for Fine Arts 2021 in Salzburg has succeeded in developing a diverse program despite the CoV crisis. 17 courses should or could take place from July 19 to August 28 – if politics does not bring the program down with new lockdowns.
The locations are the Hohensalzburg Fortress with so-called hybrid classrooms, the quarry in Grödig-Fürstenbrunn (Flachgau) and the Internet with web seminars, say the new director Sophie Goltz and Salzburg’s cultural advisor LHstv. Heinrich Schellhorn (Greens).
The motto of the upcoming summer academy is “Those who can, do. Those who can do more, teach “. The range of courses with internationally renowned artists was adjusted due to the lockdowns. “Art and art education can not be beaten even in challenging times,” emphasizes Schellhorn.
The program is intended to reflect current trends in contemporary art. Among other things, it is about performance and poetics, virtual reality and augmented reality animations as well as algorithms, archiving, collective and community-oriented practices.
First photo workshop for young people
In addition to exhibitions in the gallery in the Traklhaus and in the city gallery in the Zwergelgarten, talks with artists in cooperation with the 5020 gallery and film presentations in the Sunset Cinema of the Salzburg Art Association are also planned. The Fotohof in Salzburg is the first to offer a workshop for young people together with the artist Randa Mirza (Lebanon, France).
On the occasion of the 70th anniversary in 2023, the summer academy starts the research project Techno-Poetics, initiated by Director Goltz and co-curated by Marina Fokidis, editor of the magazine “South as a State of Mind”. The project examines emerging pedagogies in art education. Topics are gender, diversity and coexistence as well as their connection with technological and artistic developments.