Site-Specific Art

Head: Paul Petritsch
Team: Heribert Friedl, Georgia Holz, Maria Stepanek, Johanna Tinzl
Site-specific art leaves the studio to confront and explore concrete sites and real spaces – to study the “spatial manifestations” of the material world of which we are also a part. Such a site can be an idea as well as built architecture, nature, landscape, society, the public space, the exhibition space, the digital space, the fictional space, our living space.
During the course of this study program we want to examine these sites closely, experiment with them, and transform them. How the student chooses to do so is up to him or her; the main thing is to decide on a method and a form and to find the right medium. This can be anything from photography, installation, painting, performance, intervention, or sculpture to sound, video, or text.
We see the program as a field for experimentation in which it is possible to develop one’s own independent artistic position. Being able to present work in the department’s own project space or in public space, think through what one is doing in one-on-one conversations or group discussions, learn theory as well as practical implementation, all these opportunities promote and stimulate the various interests of each individual student. The range of different course offerings makes it possible to integrate current topics into the lesson and one’s own practical work, issues that truly impact the present. These include discourses about ecology, public space, nature/culture, diversity, feminism, queerness, the counterpublic sphere, digitality, and our technological conditions.
Portfolio consultation for the entrance exam
We offer you the possibility for a remote portfolio consultation via zoom:
Wed., January 13, 2021 / 2 p.m - 4 p.m. 
Please pre-register via email:
How to apply – Admission & application process
The usual application process and entrance examination for the Department of Site-Specific Art’s programme requires your personal attendance. Given the current Covid-19 measurements, we have developed an Online Application Procedure. This grants all applicants the same conditions and requirements. 
The Entrance Examination consists of two rounds. Each round requires a positive assessment to move on to the next round. Applications are accepted for the October 2021 intake.
All information about the digital entrance exam can be found here:


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Paulusplatz 5
A-1030 Wien