The International Summer Academy for Fine Arts and Media, Venice was founded by professors who have been teaching at European and U.S. schools. They are combiningthe didactic, factual knowledge of a university degree together with the freely accessible, open atmosphere of the Summer Academy. The teaching staff is changing from year to year but the continuity remains because of the academy's teaching concept.
From 1965 to 1969, Drozdik attended the University of Education in Szeged, where she studied drawing and hungarology. From 1970 she studied at the Budapest Academy of Fine Arts, where she was initially a student of the painter Szilárd Iván (1912–1988) and the graphic artist Károly Raszler (1925–2005) and finally belonged to the master graphic class from 1974 to 1977. Between 1976 and 1978 she worked together with the post-conceptual Hungarian artist group Rósza.
Drozdik left socialist Hungary in 1978 and traveled to Canada via Amsterdam and finally to New York City in 1980. There she worked together with the artist group Colab. She taught at the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia (1989-1990, Department of Sculpture), New York University (1991-1993, Fine Arts), University of California, San Diego (1994-1995, Fine Arts) and the Central European University in Budapest (1997/99, Gender Studies).
In her installations, performative and conceptual works, Drozdik often deals with basic feminist questions, such as the normative representation and perception of the female body. She belongs to the first generation of feminist artists in Hungary.
In her early works Individual Mythology (1975–1977) and Nude Model (1977), based on the role of mostly female nude models in classical art education, she questions female identity anew. By making herself the protagonist of the work, i.e. identifying herself with the model, a reinterpretation from a passive object to an active subject is possible. In the Individual Mythology series, she also replaces static poses with dance movements. In this act of liberation, Drozdik identifies with pioneers of modern dance, whose choreographies she recreates.
1994: Manufacturing the Self, the Hairy Virgin, Biennale Sao Paulo
2001/2002: Adventure and Appropriation 1975–2011, A Retrospective, Ludwig Muzeum, Budapest
2002: Passion after Appropriation, Museum of Contemporary Art and the Art Pavillon, Zagreb
2009/2010: Gender Check. Rollenbilder in der Kunst Osteuropas, mumok Museum Moderner Kunst und Stiftung Ludwig Wien/Zachęta Nationalgalerie
2011: The Other Venus, Modem Centre for Modern and Contemporary Arts, Debrecen
2018/19: Medea muckt auf! Radikale Künstlerinnen hinter dem Eisernen Vorhang, Albertinum (Kunsthalle im Lipsiusbau)
* 1953 in Stuttgart, lives and works there.
Studied philosophy, German and art history at the universities of Stuttgart and Tübingen.
Harry Walter has been working as an artist, exhibition organizer and author since 1978. In 1983, together with René Straub, he founded the artistic production association ABR-Stuttgart, which existed until 2006 and dealt in numerous exhibitions and publications with questions of the ornamental constitution of reality.
From 1985 to 1987 he worked as a lecturer in German literature at the University of Kanazawa in Japan, and subsequently held various teaching assignments at art colleges, including the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich (Visiting Professorship 2004) and Karin Sander at the ETH Zurich (2007- 2013). 2009 Co-founder of the artist group "SOUP (Stuttgart Observatory of Urban Phenomena)", the artistic support office for the civil protest movement Stuttgart 21.
Walter's works move in the borderland between philosophy, literature and visual art. His solo projects as well as his collaborations with other artists are less about creating artefacts than about an "aesthetics of showing". In the process, certain everyday objects - a model railroad, a wallpaper, a found photograph, a maggifuge bottle or a television chest - are considered from the speculative point of view that the stories in which they are embedded, can be retold in any direction. The range of resources used ranges from literary and essayistic texts to lecture performances and object stagings, where genre overlaps occur and are intended as such. Walter's current projects revolve around questions of "productive failure" based on a failed perpetual motion and a gigantic but unfinished model railroad.
From January 2016 to December 2017, Harry Walter published a monthly column on photo footage in the magazine Merkur.
Wolf Werdigier studied architecture in Vienna and London as well as painting and design with Jaap Bakema, Xenia Hausner, Jakobo Borges, Herman Nietsch, Markus Lüpertz. Works include urban designs, installations and city interventions. Visiting professor at the Pratt Institute of New York and at the University of Stuttgart. Works in the area of interactive art and paintings with exhibitions in Vienna, Barcelona and Vieussan, France, New York, Jerusalem, Philadelphia, Venice.
Since 2003 founder and director of the International Summer Academy of Fine Arts & Media | Venice.
Since 2015 co-founder and artist of the Produzentengalerie Wien
|2019||"There is no Planet B" or "Eros & Thanatos"
Out of the Furnace
|2018||The Myth of Lviv, A live Video and Performance
Auf der Suche nach dem Unbekannten des eigenen Ich
15 Tage Diolog durch 2
10 SQM Vienna
Die Geburt der Bilder
|2015||My work with Willie Bester|
|2014||Truth and Reconciliation
The South African - European Studio
|2013||The Point of No Return
|2012||13 Ways To Look on a Love Story|
|2011||Kicken, Kunst und Kebab
Der Weibliche Blick auf den Körper des Mannes
|2010||Werdigier – Abstraktionen
Das Phantasma der Ausländer
|2009||Websearch Your Life
Die Spittelberg-Bilder, Bilder einer Musik
|2007||Goethe's italienische Reise
Du sollst dir (k)ein Bild machen
Die Gefahr des Schosses heisst Stille
Berlin 1933 - Wien 1938
Colour and Identity
Das Leben: Zufall oder Wiederholung?
|1985||Les Fleurs Du Mal|
painter and performance artist.
Born in Rome, living in Vienna, Zakynthos and Rome.
After having attended the Liceo Artistico Statale specializing in painting ( grammar school ) she studied Fine Arts and Stage Design at the Academy of Fine Art in Rome and graduated in 1993.
She studied ballet at a private conservatory in Rome, receiving her Diploma in 1990 and she studied violin since 1987.
There followed a specialization in contemporary dance, physical theatre in different European cities.
She moved to Vienna in 1995, where she has worked for various dance companies and where she had in 1999 her first solo exhibition of her painting works.
She is exhibiting in galleries in Europe, China and USA. Teaching painting, drawing and dance for different workshop in Italy, Austria, Germany, Egypt and Greece.
Since 2007 participation in numerous public events and exhibition where she is directing her own Action-Painting performances.
Performing Art has always influenced Lucia Riccelli’s artistic development.
Dance, video filming, live music, Art installation and live painting are continuously researched and reflected in her work as a painter.Cass: Painting II
KOENIG2 by_robbygreif opened in 2017 as the gallery's new project space just around the corner of the main space and is focused on young and experimental positions. Its main criterion being, that artists who have never before exhibited in Vienna create a site-specific installation for the almost square room. It is only open by appointment, but 24 hours illuminated and visible.
Diverse jury activities for art fairs, art academies and workshops in media classes.
Gisela de Villiers is a composer, choir director and cabaret artist.
Jay Pather is a choreographer and director based in South Africa. He graduated with an MA from New York University as a Fulbright Scholar in 1984 and since then has collaborated with visual artists, architects and urban planners, taking his inter-cultural performances into public spaces and working with the architecture of Johannesburg, Durban, London, Zanzibar, Amsterdam, New York, Barcelona, Mumbai, Muscat, New Delhi, Copenhagen, Koln and Cape Town.
He is currently Associate Professor at UCT, director of the Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts (GIPCA) and artistic director of Siwela Sonke Dance Theatre. Pather was a co-curator for Spier Contemporary 2007/8, part of the curatorial team for Spier Contemporary 2010, and conceived and directed the first Infecting the City Festival with Brett Bailey. He is currently chairperson of the National Arts Festival Artistic Committee.
Andrzej Wełmiński was born in Krakow in 1952 and studied in the Graphics Faculty of the Krakow Academy of Fine Arts, graduating in 1977.
He works as a fine art painter and the installation artist, director, stage designer and performer.
Andrzej Wełmiński’s works intimately reflect the artist’s approach towards history, philosophy and creativity. Having lived and worked in Poland, since 1973 as a member of Tadeusz Kantor’s Cricot 2 Theatre company and in close relationship with the Foksal Gallery, Welminski continues to make pictures and to direct student groups in the ways and methods of the Cricot 2 Theatre.
His works address the history of his native country, particularly in relation to the censorship and devastation inflicted on its people and culture by the Nazi and Soviet occupation regimes. In the process of addressing these particular aspects, however, Wełmiński’s art evokes universal themes about life and death, entrapment and escape, and our own interface between individual and the collective history.
His works were performed and exhibited by several major institutions across Europe and overseas, from Sao Paolo through Tehran.