Call for Applications: Alps Art Academy – International Summer School in Swiss Safiental

Alps Art Academy
Safiental, Switzerland
June 26 – July 2, 2016


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This summer, the first international ALPS ART ACADEMY on the topic of LAND ART will take place in the stunning valley of Swiss Safiental, canton Graubünden. Four workshops will offer the participants an opportunity to create art in situ in dialogue with nature and landscape. Additionally, one workshop will be devoted to the history, theory and mediation of Land Art. During the academy, the validity of the term Land Art will be critically analyzed, challenged and questioned. The resulting artworks and art writing will provide ground for the Next Land Art that, apart from nature and landscape, will engage with society in general and the local communities in particular incorporating a variety of media.

Alps Art Academy will be concluded with an open-air exhibit Art Safiental that will feature artworks created during the workshops and make them publicly available to the local community and visitors. The majority of the projects will be open to the public until fall 2016.

Each of the four workshops—New Public Land Art, Trans Media Land Art, Social Context Land Art, Land Art Theory & Education—will be led by two lecturers. A public symposium at the beginning of the academy will provide an introduction to the history and theory of Land Art, as well as to each workshop. At the end of the academy, a short publication will document and reflect on the findings and the newest tendencies of Land Art.

The Alps Art Academy is meant for artists interested in working outdoors and theorists and curators who wish to delve or revisit the topic of Land Art. As a result of a call for application, 30-35 participants will be invited to attend the four workshops by a selection committee comprised of the faculty members and advisory board. We explicitly welcome diversity and creative, out of the box thinking. The workshops will be held in English and German. Hotel Alpenblick in Tenna will be the academy center. Participants will work and create throughout Safiental.

Atelier für Sonderaufgaben (CH), Com&Com (CH), Hanna Hölling (UK),  Jaffa Lam (HK), Chapuisat Brothers (CH), Filippo Minelli (I), Raumlabor (D), Konstanze Schütze (D) and visiting lectuers tba.

Verein Pro Safiental and Johannes M. Hedinger

CHF 800, USD 800, EUR 730 which includes 1 week academy, room and board but excludes individual travel costs. There are four grants made available for participants requiring financial aid.

Please see for the application form and further information.
Application deadline May 7, 2016

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Silence/Shapes by Filippo Minelli