is a 16-month program hosted by the Bern University of the Arts HKB.
A decade ago, the Sommerakademie im Zentrum Paul Klee introduced a landmark educational template that is now being reinvented by the reestablished Sommerakademie Paul Klee (SPK), beginning in August 2017.
The new Sommerakademie Paul Klee, under artistic director Tirdad Zolghadr, is a fully funded program offering artists a departure from business as usual, without becoming an exhausting interruption in its own right. It 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 main requirements.
Over two summer sessions eight residents are granted access to the university’s outstanding infrastructure and technical support. Although based on the idea of an academy, the aim is to transcend the blueprint of seminars and tutorials, and to focus on group research and cross-professional coalition building. Back in the 2000s, there were few examples of summer retreats as proposed by the Zentrum Paul Klee. Our new program builds on this pioneering idea, while proposing a more complex blend of theory and practice, discourse and production. With its atypical timeline and exceptional infrastructure, the SPK combines collective inquiry with the perks of production-oriented residencies. The SPK is a fully funded program, covering room, travel and visa expenses. This in close partnership with international art institutions such as KW Institute for Contemporary Art Berlin.
Both in terms of a concrete curatorial theme and a fundamental working premise, the SPK seeks to account for the consequences of Contemporary Art. It traces the impact artists effectively have on the world around them, and works towards possibilities of reclaiming and steering that leverage. As such, it asks how the traction of Contemporary Art, as is, can be used to maximum effect, here and now.
The Division of Design and Fine Arts offers the three Bachelor degree programmes Art Education, Visual Communication and Fine Arts, as well as the Master degree programmes building on these Bachelors: Art Education, Communication Design and the Master in Contemporary Arts Practice residing at Y Institute.
The main focus is on independent, mentored project work in the workshop, and practical, craft-oriented and theoretical teaching accompanies this. Depending on the way students choose their courses, the various degree programmes may overlap. The intersections could be in technical, cultural-historical or theoretical fields. The different programmes also offer joint classes.
→ state-of-the-art print workshops
→ wood, plastics, metal, and textile facilities
→ high-tech sound studio
→ audiovisual media lab for film, video, and photography
→ conservation and restoration facilities
→ specialized libraries
→ contacts to conservation and restoration facilities
Sommerakademie Paul Klee 2019/20Sessions on-site:
→ August 3–18, 2019
→ July/August, 2020
The call for application ended on January 25, 2019.
→ Travel, visa expenses, room and board fully covered.
→ A collective production budget is also secured.
→ Minimal commitment required is 5 weeks on-site, over two separate sessions (Summer 2019, Summer 2020), not counting optional time windows for production and teaching
→ From the very outset, SPK residents are encouraged to assume co-curatorial responsibility, and co-devise the program.
→ Teaching opportunities at Bern University of the Arts HKB in December 2019 and 2020. The scope of these workshops is to be determined with the SPK residents.
→ Alumni of the Sommerakademie im Zentrum Paul Klee strongly encouraged to apply.