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Nora Schultz will be our new professor for Sculpture and Installation at the Academy. Starting February 2022 she will be leading the studio for Sculpture and Installation at the Institute for Fine Arts.


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Nora Schultz often develops large installations that involve and re-code the venue’s structure and sometimes project beyond its confines. Alongside sculptural elements, her spatial installations include a range of media such as video, sound, drawings, text, print and performance. By means of these interlocking media, she considers her work as sculpture for its multi-dimensional / multi-perspectival construction. By working with temporal structures, language and recording systems, everyday objects and cultural displacements, her work extends an ordinary understanding of the sculptural process. The observation and critical activation of the space or structure in which her work takes place are not only key elements in her art-making process but additional visible dimensions of her sculptural work. She considers the sculptural process as a form of position-taking and as a tool to sharpen a social, political, physical and sensual awareness of objects, conditions and relationships, a tool to question what is taken for granted, and to re-position oneself towards given conditions, to possibly change them.

Nora Schultz earned her degree from Städelschule, Frankfurt, in 2005 and has also studied at the MFA program at Bard College, NY. Recent solo exhibitions include O-Ton and the O-Ton at O-Town House, Los Angeles, Two-Chambered Ears at Galerie Isabella Bortolozzi, Berlin, (both 2021) and would you say this is the day? at Secession, Vienna (2019). She realized solo performances at The Whitney Museum, NY and at Tate Modern, London and took part in Skulptur Projekte Münster in 2017. Schultz has taught at International Summer Academy Salzburg (2015/2016), at Kunstakademie München (2015), at Kunstakademie Karlsruhe (2013) and as a professor for sculpture and studio arts in the Department of Art, Film, and Visual Studies at Harvard University (2016-2021).