Teacher Board

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.


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Orshi Drozdik

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.

Exhibitions (Selection)

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)

Class: Photography
Website: www.orshi.hu


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Harry Walter

* 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. 

Literature [selection]

  • Max Bense als Zeichner seiner Zeichen, in: Jonnie Döbele, 
Max Bense 6.12.76, 18.15 -19.20h
 Aufnahmen vom Hörsaalsitz. Köln, Walther König, 2015
  • Elf Reflexionen, in: Wolfgang Ullrich (Hrsg.), Über das Morgen hinaus, Katalogbuch zur Quadriennale Düsseldorf, 2014. Leipzig, E.A. Seemann, 2014
  • Jeans meets Khaki, in: Katharina Hohmann, Katharina Tietze (Hrsg.), Denimpop – Jeansdinge lesen. Berlin, Merve, 2013
  • Drei Bewegungsmodelle, in: Doris Titze, Thomas Hellinger (Hrsg.), Zeichen setzen im Bild. Jede Linie ist eine Weltachse. Hochschule für Bildende Künste Dresden, 2012
  • ABR-Stuttgart: Ornament und Versprechen. Johann-Karl Schmidt (Hrsg.), Galerie der Stadt Stuttgart, Stuttgart, quantum books, 2001, ISBN 3-935293-12-7
  • Max Bense in Stuttgart. Deutsches Literaturarchiv Marbach 1994, ISBN 3-929146-25-8
    Kopf und Schweif, 35 Kometenbruchstücke. Stuttgart, Ed. Rot, 1992


  • Friedlieb-Ferdinand-Runge-Preis für unkonventionelle Kunstvermittlung der Stiftung Preußische Seehandlung 2013

Class: Creative Writing - German 
Website: wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_Walter



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Wolf Werdigier

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
The Heads

Auf der Suche nach dem Unbekannten des eigenen Ich
Parallel Vienna
Tagebuch 15. März - 31. Mai

2016 Love Sick
15 Tage Diolog durch 2
10 SQM Vienna
Die Geburt der Bilder
2015 My work with Willie Bester
2014 Truth and Reconciliation
Urbo Kune
The South African - European Studio
2013 The Point of No Return
Der Augeblick
2012 13 Ways To Look on a Love Story
2011 Kicken, Kunst und Kebab
Fathomizing Memory
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
2008 Afrika
Afrika II
2007 Goethe's italienische Reise
Der Wunderblock
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?
2006 Hidden Images
2003 Eurydice Project
Eurydice II
2002      Mix-Tape
2000 Denk-Mal
1991 City Scenarios
1989 Sfarad
1985 Les Fleurs Du Mal

Class: Painting I
Website: www.WolfWerdigier.com
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Lucia Riccelli

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
Website: luciariccelli.com



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Christine König

Christine König Galerie was founded in 1989 in Vienna. The gallery represents a variety of internationally recognized artists and works simultaneously with a decidedly younger generation of upcoming artists. The gallery’s program and its selection of the artists reflects the central concerns of Christine König: Politics and activism, feminism, literature, as well as post-conceptual approaches.
In the last decades art has become a dominant field of action and discourse. Visual arts can help develop an understanding for socio-political and cultural processes of change. In a highly stimulating and productive climate, galleries have assumed the role of intermediaries, making a preliminary selection and using their intellectual resources in a responsible way to back and promote certain positions and artists vis-à-vis collectors.
An important focus of the gallery is entering into a dialogue with the public and engaging in art discourse: Until 2006 artists, curators, architects and philosophers talked about their work in weekly Lunch Lectures, since 2008 this tradition has been continued in the CONVERSATION series, taking place in irregular intervals.

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.

Class: Artists Career
Website: www.koeniggalerie.com


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Gisela de Villiers

Gisela de Villiers is a composer, choir director and cabaret artist.

She completed her music studies at the University of Pretoria and the University of South Africa, in South Africa.
She started her career as conductor of a prestigious girls’ choir in the capital, Pretoria. She lead youth choirs and various school choirs, performing in Europe and winning top awards in Prague, and at the World Choir Olympics in Bremen.
As a composer, her works are published internationally. She has made several CD’s in her native language, Afrikaans, and in English, and is in high demand as composer for choir works.
Gisela holds regular choral workshops all over South Africa and is national adjudicator for the most prestigious choir competition in the country named “ATKV Applous”, a multifaceted competition which also incorporates African music and rhythms into the prescribed curriculum. She has produced the following CD’s:
1. “The door is open” – own compositions
2. “Tussen vriende” – own compositions
3. Fire and Ice – a collaboration with South African poet and physician, Graham Ellis
4. “Hou jou rokkies bymekaar” with Robert Brooks
Gisela improvises on poems brought by her audiences, producing finished compositions for piano and voice. As voice artist, she also presented a live radio program, where she handled news, current affairs, and political discussions. She is, however, a total musician, and believes that the drama in music can often say much more than speech.
She is director of the company, “Infullvoice Productions”, which trains young singers and promotes artistry and the use of music as a tool for positive social change in her country.The gallery is well-known for having constantly pursued an innovative, cutting-edge exhibition program and for discovering new aesthetic positions.

Class: Choral Singing
Website: www.miagi.co.za


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