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Open call: Sommerakademie Paul Klee 2019/20


Application file to be submitted digitally by 7AM Central European Time, 25 January 2019, via http://www.sommerakademie-paul-klee.ch

Application needs to include:
1. brief statement explaining reasons for applying and/or a proposal as to how you intend to engage with the program and facilities (800 words max)
2. documentation of recent work and/or general practice
3. CV & brief bio
4. phone number and Skype ID

Availability for a short Skype interview 13 or 14 February 2019
second round candidates will be contacted on the evening of 12 February to schedule
the interviews (jury decisions will be finalised by 16 February)

A firm commitment over the entire span of the program – the minimal on-site presence
amounts to a total of 5 weeks, over two separate sessions (Summer 2019, Summer
2020), not counting optional time windows for production and teaching.

Call for applications to a 16-month program hosted by the Bern University of the Arts HKB

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 materialise as the program evolves.

A good decade ago, the Sommerakademie im Zentrum Paul Klee introduced a landmark educational template – a tightly curated retreat for international artists – a format which was quickly established throughout Europe. This template was revisited by the new Sommerakademie Paul Klee, which kicked off on 6 August 2017. With its atypical timeline, and exceptional facilities, it sought to combine rigorous collective inquiry with the perks of production-oriented residencies.

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).

Travel, accommodation, visa expenses and a per diem of 50 CHF are covered. Residents using production facilities are entitled to a modest production stipend of 500 CHF. All teaching is remunerated at standard local rates.

The Sommerakademie Paul Klee caters to practitioners working at a postgraduate level, whether or not they have an official certificate saying so. Professional experience and intellectual appetite are the necessary requirements here. Though artists will be prioritized, curators and art writers are encouraged to apply. Application deadline is 25 January 2019; successful candidates will be contacted by 15 February 2019.

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Image: Performance by “Generation Grundeinkommen” at Bundeshaus Bern, Switzerland, preceding UBI referendum in 2016. Photo by Stefan Bohrer

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