"Sculpture is what you bump into when you back up to see a painting" (Barnett Newman).
Ever since the de-differentiation of the genre of Minimal and Conceptual Art, sculpture has become a cultural term in itself; sculpture has not only re-articulated the terminologies of space and objects by opening itself to media such as photography, video and language, but also changed its status from media-reflection and self-reference to an operative structure. The term "performative" applies to sculpture as it addresses its own frame of reference, investigates it but also understands it as potential action: in the specificities of material, place and time, the perceiving subject, object and surroundings coincide and contingently relate to each other in their eventfulness. "Architecture" as both concrete, designed space and socio-economic and identity-establishing structure becomes the focus of attention in two ways: as an instrument of post-industrial subjectivization through hegemonic structuring of spatial experience it is, in advanced sculptural practice, both an object of study and a venue of social criticism by means of art.
The theoretical foundation for the sculptural practice of performative art, based on Minimal and Conceptual Art – Happening, Installation, architectural intervention, Performance, Process Art, Research-Based Art, Institutional Critique, Relational Art – is developed in talks, groups and one-to-one conversations. Flexible working methods and concepts spanning different branches and media shall promote the development of autonomous critical confrontation of art. The investigation of economic, socio-political, institutional place-specific structures - establishing gender roles and identities – in art history and in current happenings are the focus of attention. In the field of production, students are supported in their technical-material work on their projects through individual counseling and practical introductions. We lay special emphasis on the collaboration of students and their cooperation with other Academy classes.