TAMING THE DEAMONS

Since it is now certain that the "International Summer Academy for Fine Arts and Media Venice" will not take place this year, we want to postpone our program for this year to 2021. The starting date is therefore Sunday June 20, 2021.

But there is an alternative project for 2020:

Since there will probably be no vernissages, no art fairs, no biennials for a long time, the usual exchange about art comes to a standstill. Many art fairs go online, but since a fair is a social event, it doesn't really work.

As the International Summer Academy, we have developed a presentation format with the Saturday shows, which is based on topics as well as on the art master classes. We want to use this format to compile a presentation of our 100 best artists in the current “time of silence.”

We suggest the theme "Taming the Deamons." We propose to show how each of us can name his/ her unspeakable demons, fears and sinister feelings that may currently surround us. We are able to express them in painting, literature, photography or dance. And once the demons are named, they are also tamed. Now is the time to fully expand on this wonderfulpower of art.

It doesn't necessarily have to be works that have been created now, but works from the past can also be used on this subject. An example is available at my blog Learning from the crisis?, an example of the format is available at the link to the catalogue “100 Artists of Tomorrow."

Arranged according to art disciplines, we will then present the 100 best works in an internet catalog or an online tour and send them to gallery owners, museum directors and art critics.

When everything comes to a standstill, essential works remains. We want to show this to as many people as possible.

All the best

Wolf Werdigier
Diana Millet 

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Program 2021

The International Summerschool of Fine Arts and Media | Venice is grounded in the tradition of Black Mountain College and Robert Wilson’s Watermill Center.

Our interdisciplinary approach welcomes students of all skill levels and backgrounds to our idyllic location in Venice, where the school was founded in 2003. The school partners with the Venice Biennale, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection and Francois Pinault’s collection at the Palazzo Grassi and Punta della Dogana.

Students enrolled in our summer art classes will find a global teaching staff, peers from more than 15 nations, and classes geared toward everyone from the complete beginner to the advanced career artist.

The courses are scheduled weekly, allowing students to immerse themselves in an interdisciplinary and creative environment. The master classes start on Monday and end on Sunday. Saturday evening is the exhibition of the work of the students curated by the teaching professors. 

This year we will start a new model of organization.

As the International Summer Academy Venice has to facilitate high end art and innovative experimenting, the classes will be divided in 2 weeks of training and 2 weeks of innovative studios. During the first 2 weeks training in different art disciplines will be offered as it has been offered in the recent years. During the second 2 weeks artists will work in their own studios for individual or small group work. In order to support interdisciplinary work, we will invite a New Media expert to assist the project work during this time. Artist are welcomed to book a studio for their individual project work during one or two weeks.

For more information on the school and the master classes, and concept read more here.

Find the blog and documentation here.

Don't hesitate to contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call +43 660 588 4018.

The following Summer Master Courses and Studios are offered from June 20 to July 18, 2021:

Painting I

Teaching Professor: Wolf Werdigier
Course date: 20. June – 4. July 2021

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Painting II

Teaching Professor: Lucia Riccelli
Course date: 20. June – 4. July 2021

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Soundscapes

Teaching Professor: Gisela de Villiers
Course date: 27. July – 4. July 2021

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Photography

Teaching Professor: Orshi Drozdik
Course date: 20. June – 4. July 2021

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Creative Writing - German

Teaching Professor: Harry Walter
Course date: 20. June – 27. June 2021

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Artist Career

Teaching Professor: Christine König
Course date: 27. June – 4. July 2021

 

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Studios

Dates: 4. July – 18. July 2021

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