Sommerakademie Zentrum Paul Klee

20 August 2013

The Sommerakademie im Zentrum Paul Klee in Bern (SAK) is a private institution unaffiliated with any specific educational system and defines its raison d’ être as offering the opportunity to a group of international participants, artists, curators and writers, to experience the rare situation of sharing time and space together in order to concentrate on fundamental questions and ideas challenging their profession and to sketch viable and relevant practice. The SAK takes place each year in August during ten days in a kind of laboratory situation, and in the atmosphere of experimentation.

2013 fellows:

Kaya Behkalam (Germany/Iran/Egypt)

Stefan Benchoam (Guatemala)

Sarah Browne (Ireland)

Federica Bueti (Italy/Germany)

Onejoon Che (South Korea)

Shuruq Harb (Palestine)

Andrew Kerton (UK)

Jelena Martinovic (Switzerland)

Jillian Mayer (Cuba/USA)

Mi You (Chinese/Germany)

Marina Naprushkina (Belarussia/Germany)

Lerato Shadi (South Africa/Germany)

 Guest curator: Sue Williamson (South Africa)

The Sommerakademie im Zentrum Paul Klee 2013 will look at the meeting point between local and global. Between the ‘here’ and the ‘there’. We will consider how each artist and curator develops the tools, the methodology, the unique and authentic voice which stem from an individual life experience. We will investigate how that voice can be used to formulate approaches to new artistic problems both by studying the work of artists who have successfully managed this synthesis and by looking at the previous production of this year’s Fellows.

The discussions at the Sommerakademie im Zentrum Paul Klee 2013 will also reflect upon whether the artist has a social responsibility to the community, as evidenced in so much of the work exhibited on the profound and poetic dOCUMENTA (13) in 2012. Does the artist have any responsibility to engage at some level, however subtle, with social issues? Or not?