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In the context of the Curator's Project of the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna 2009
Curator: Sabine Breitwieser

What does the reality of artistic practice look like today? What about the social conditions under which it unfolds? And what is to be expected from receiving an artist’s education, for example, at the Academy?

Since 1998, the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna has periodically invited an internationally renowned curator to have a look at its study courses for artists and present a selection of the students’ recent production. In this year’s exhibition, Sabine Breitwieser will directly thematize the image of the artist and his/her education.

A didactic program has been developed to accompany the exhibition. Interventions and events will offer insights into the exhibition process, explore artistic practices situated at the interface of art, didactic practice, curatorial approach, and knowledge production, and deal with the question of art’s freedom between self-determination and self- disciplining. The discussion will center on the artists’ social position and the structures of the precarious working conditions connected with it.

The subject of the exhibition will be explored from various view-points: artists, experts, people concerned with the presentation of art, and students will outline their positions in thematic tours and discussions. Literature as well as audio and video materials will provide a basis for further information.


Fri, 06.11.2009, 4:00 p.m.
Working as an artist
A tour through the exhibitition with Lisa Lampl and Veronika Richter

Tue, 10.11.2009, 3:00–5:00 p.m.
Annual exhibitions, artists, didactic approaches
Open seminar, Performative Art and Sculpture Studio

Wed, 11.11.2009, 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Reforming life. Styles of liberation
Open seminar, Fashions and Styles, Institute of Education in the Arts

Thur, 12.11.2009, 6:00 p.m.
Which working conditions?
Daniela Koweindl (politico-cultural speaker of IG Bildende Kunst) in conversation with Angelika Stephanie Böhm on the artists’ social situation

Tue, 17.11.2009, 10:00 a.m.–12:00 noon
Keep it real – art and the public
Open seminar, Art and Communication, Institute of Education in the Arts

Tue, 24.11.2009, 11:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
Sculpture or no sculpture? A media critique
Open seminar, Textual Sculpture Studio

Wed, 25.11.2009, 3:00–5:00 p.m.
Open class meeting
Open seminar, Art and Photography Studio

Thur, 26.11.2009, 5:00 p.m.
M and M as concerned with the presentation of art
Tour in the context of the Academy’s curatorial project 2009 with the Post-Creative Artist Dead Posers

Mon, 30.11.2009, 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Artists and their conditions of production
Open seminar, Performative Art Studio

Tue, 01.12.2009, 2:00–4:00 p.m.
Collective utopias and utopian collectives
Open seminar, Art in Public Space Studio

Thur, 03.12.2009, 6:00 p.m.
Self-determiantion or self-disciplining?
Oliver Ressler (artist) in conversation with Lilli Göll and Martina Greimel on freedom in art

Didactic program conceived, organized, and realized by Angelika Stephanie Böhm, Martina Greimel, Lilli Göll, Lisa Lampl, and Veronika Richter as part of the study course “Art and Communication Project” (Nora Sternfeld) in the summer semester of 2009

Which Life? Between Calling and Career
Curator's project of the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna 2009

Curator: Sabine Breitwieser
Exhibition dates: 06.11.–05.12.2009
Opening hours: Mon–Sat 11 am-6 pm, Thu 11 am-8 pm

Translation: Wolfgang Astelbauer