“The human” and “the non-human”

“The human” and “the non-human”

Salzburg International Summer Academy of Fine Arts

Tobias Zielony, Die Überfahrt (like real boat people. dislike maritime marketing), 2014. Installation view, Lichtwark revisited, Hamburger Kunsthalle. Photo: Tobias Zielony. Courtesy the artist and KOW, Berlin.
April 20, 2015
“The human” and “the non-human”

20 July–29 August 2015

Application deadline: 15 May 2015

Salzburg International Summer Academy of Fine Arts
Hohensalzburg Fortress
Mönchsberg 34
5020 Salzburg

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What is “the human”? What distinguishes man from animal or from machine? What are the specific options open to human conduct, and how can these be considered through art? In an age of biopolitics, global waves of refugees and terrorist attacks, these questions are more relevant than ever, and will be issue in some of this year’s summer academy courses.

We are very proud to include two artists in our teaching staff who will be official representatives of their home countries at the 56th Venice Biennale: Tobias Zielony‘s documentary essay in the German Pavilion will deal with the situation of African migrants and refugees in Germany. And the Russian Pavilion will present Irina Nakhova‘s The Green Pavilion which refers to Ilya Kabakov’s Red Pavilion for the 45th Venice Biennale in 1993.


Irina Nakhova
The Nude: Interpretation in Painting
The main subject of investigation in Irina Nakhova’s course is the human figure, as one of the oldest and most delightful subjects in art. The students will learn and study the human body as a part of a broader understanding of the origin of art language, not only as representation.
Duration: 27 July–8 August
Fee: 680 EU (reduced 520 EU)
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Tobias Zielony
In this course, participants will take photographs in Salzburg of people who are arriving or departing, or who have come to stay. What cultural background, what experiences do they bring with them? What does their presence in Salzburg tell us about global developments and conflicts? And, how can these processes and observations be captured using the resources of photography?
Duration: 03–15 August
Fee: 680 EU (reduced 520 EU)
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Maha Maamoun
They Were Like Animals
In this course, animals are taken as starting point to investigate issues that relate to our societies, cultures and politics. Animals have always been used in art, from prehistoric times to the present. This course will focus on the use of animals in contemporary art, especially in video and film.
Duration: 03–15 August
Fee: 680 EU (reduced 520 EU)
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Doug Ashford
The Non-Human
This course encourages a speculative and nonlinear body of collaborative artistic research and practice that aims to expand definitions of human life, bodies, and politics as experienced by class participants. Key in the students’ work will be designing proposals that challenge the received expectations and qualities of “humanness” as it is defined by the present.
Duration: 17–29 August
Fee: 680 EU (reduced 520 EU)
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Find more information on the entire course programme here.
Apply here.


Regular application
All prospective participants must apply for acceptance. Teaching artists select participants on the basis of the submitted dossier. The fees are between 440 EU and 1,160 EU, depending on the duration of the course. Students are entitled to a reduced fee. All applications received by 15 May will be treated equally. Later applications are welcome according to vacancies in the courses and will be processed in the order received.

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