Call for applications – Sommerakademie Paul Klee 2019/20, Bern, Switzerland

Application Deadline: 25 January 2019, 7am

Eight residents are invited to join the upcoming Sommerakademie program under artistic director Tirdad Zolghadr, beginning 3 August 2019. Over the summers of 2019 & 2020, the Sommerakademie Paul Klee features two series of public lectures and closed-door seminars, of 16 days each. Over an additional five days, residents are also granted access to the university’s state-of-the-art infrastructure and technical support. Thirdly, over the months of December 2019 and 2020, residents are offered teaching opportunities with students of the Bern University of the Arts HKB. Additional meetings and workshops may materialize as the program evolves.

Both in terms of curatorial theme and working premise, the Sommerakademie Paul Klee accounts for the really-existing consequences of Contemporary Art. It traces the impact artists have on the world around them, and hopes to reclaim and steer that leverage. Although the academy tradition remains important here, the aim is to transcend brief bursts of topical intensity, to the benefit of longstanding intellectual commitments. By way of example, in response to REALTY, the curatorial premise 2017-19, Sommerakademie residents forged BLOCC, a collective project with long-term objectives (www.blocc.space).

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