Site-Specific Art

Head: Paul Petritsch
The focus of our program is to understand a site and its context as a driving force, a material to work with, as a place of activity, and a field for action. The students concentrate on approaches that make a site the point of departure for the artistic process.

We consider the class a field for experimentation where it becomes possible to shift settled notions and, in addition, to develop an individual artistic position. We want to study sites closely – both in- and outside –, expanding, breaking, amplifying, and changing them. There are no limits to the actual strategies employed: works can be performative, conceptual, object-related, processual, and may refer to social, political or art-specific topics.

Students’ individual interests are stimulated by working within an exhibition space, by reflecting in one-on-one conversations as well as with peers or through writing, and by manual artistic realizations in analogue and digital studios. We expand our focus with collective exhibition visits, projects, guest lectures, and field trips, while we ourselves make a public appearance.

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