Summer School for Land and Environmental Art

Summer School for Land and Environmental Art

Alps Art Academy

(1) frölicher I bietenhader, ctrl + s (prekäre Stellen), 2020. Sketch for Art Safiental. (2) Alps Art Academy, 2018. (3) Berghotel Alpenblick Tenna/Switzerland.

February 17, 2020
Summer School for Land and Environmental Art
June 25–July 4, 2020
Application deadline: March 8
Symposium ILEA talks: June 27–28
Art Safiental Biennial: July 4–October 18
Berghotel Alpenblick
Mitte 28
7106 Tenna
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The third international Alps Art Academy will take place between June 25–July 4, 2020, in the Safiental (Grisons, Switzerland). Located in Tenna, 1650 meters above sea level, the summer school focuses on Land and Environmental Art.
In a dialogue with the canonized Land Art of the 1960s–70s, the Academy focuses on contemporary approaches to Land and Environmental Art by bringing them into a relationship with the Alpine landscape. We wish to create a platform of potentialities for the contemporary and future Land Art, which integrates not only natural landscape and the environment but also other “media” and the wider social context.

We encourage proposal submissions from artists working with landscape and the environment across genres and media, as well as from theoreticians, facilitators and curators engaged in research on the topic of Land Art. We welcome applications accompanied by a concrete concept that can be realized during the period of the summer school. The concepts should reflect the 2020 Alps Art Academy theme “analog – digital.”

Gathering circa thirty participants over a period of ten days, the Academy offers a rich program of workshops, seminars, field trips, artist talks and presentations, as well as a thematic symposium. Participants have the opportunity to explore what does it mean to create in, and interact with, the Alpine landscape and apply their experience in their work. Participants work together with international instructors who offer practical and theoretical mentoring. The Academy is linked to the Land Art Biennale Art Safiental (July 4–October 18, 2020) and offers an opportunity to present final projects.

Matthias Bildstein (AT), Les Frères Chapuisat (CH), Sally De Kunst (BE/CH), Fragmentin (CH), Gabriela Gerber / Lukas Bardill (CH), Hanna B. Hölling (CH/UK), Richard Saxton (USA), Ella Tetrault (CAN), Lucie Tuma (CH) and additional guests.

The conditions of participation, application form and further information can be obtained at

CHF 1200, USD 1200, EUR 1110

The fee entails 10 days academy, accommodation in double room, board, excursions during the academy: Travel expenses to and from the Academy is not inclusive and have to be carried by the participants. For participants in need of a financial support there is the possibility to apply for a funding.

The academy is committed to a diversified group of participants (age, gender, origin, underrepresented groups). Lower-income applicants may apply for a reduction of the tuition fee and / or a travel funding. To qualify for the funding, applicants should provide a justification letter in addition to the regular application form.

The deadline for submissions is Sunday, March 8, 2020.

Sponsorship: Naturpark Beverin / The Municipality of Safiental; Director: Johannes M. Hedinger

Related events:

July 4–October 18, 2020
Art Safiental: Biennale for Land and Environmental Art - “analog digital”
Artists: Nancy Baker Cahill (US), James Bridle (UK/GR), Com&Com (CH), Fragmentin (CH), HR Fricker (CH), Frölicher / Bietenhader (CH), Denis Handschin (CH), Bruno Jakob (US/CH), Melodie Mousset (F/CH), Patrick Rohner (CH), Manuel Rossner (DE), Curdin Tones (CH/NL), Lucie Tuma (CH), Ester Vonplon (CH). Curated by Johannes M. Hedinger.

June 27–June 28, 2020
ILEA talks: New Tendencies in Land and Environmental Art
Speakers: Nancy Baker Cahill (US), Sally De Kunst (BE/CH), Johannes M. Hedinger (CH), Michael Hiltbrunner (CH), Hanna B. Hölling (CH/UK), Richard Saxton (US), Lucie Tuma (CH), amongst others.

LANDSCAPE #1, 2020, 288 pages, ISBN 978-3-909090-94-5
Authors: Aufdi Aufdermauer, Mirja Busch, Delphine Chapuis Schmitz, William L. Fox, Johannes M. Hedinger, Hanna B. Hölling, Mattli Hunger, Sibylle Omlin, Janis Osolin, Lukas Ott, Jano Felice Pajarola, Jolanda Rechsteiner, Emily Eliza Scott, Chris Taylor, Lucie Tuma. Edited by Johannes M. Hedinger and Hanna B. Hölling.

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