Sommerakademie Paul Klee (SPK) 2021/22 has opened the call for applications to take part in the 16-month programme hosted by the Bern University of the Arts (HKB).
Up to nine residents will be selected by a jury to join the SPK programme which will be curated by artist Dora García. Over the course of 2021 & 2022, the SPK will include public lectures, closed-door seminars, and access to state-of-the-art infrastructure and technical support at HKB, as well as teaching opportunities in the form of workshops at the HKB.
The SPK will take place in a hybrid physical/digital format, including candidates residing within an approx. 1000 km radius of Bern, and international candidates who will take part via digital residencies. Pro Helvetia supports successful candidates from the regions of its liaison offices around the world. Our office will support one successful applicant from South America.
CURATORIAL FRAMEWORK FOR SPK 2021/22: Position voice mundo: The urgent need for feminization
Under the curation of Dora García, the SPK 2021/22 wishes to echo a major paradigm shift that has changed the world (and the art world) over the last five to ten years: The feminization of politics has introduced an inclusive feminist perspective that has shaped a different way of relating to the world in economic, cultural, sociological, and aesthetic terms. We are in a time of transition; an in-between. We need to respond to this phase with resilience, intelligence, and generosity. Seemingly unmovable concepts in economy, culture, sociology and aesthetics, are very movable now. The SPK proposes to explore this new world with as little prejudice as possible, leaning on each other’s specificities, working towards a radical new idea of what it means for art practice and authorship. Hence also the intention to develop a substantial part of the 2021/22 programme in close collaboration with the residents themselves.
Image: Demonstrations during International Women’s Day, 8 March 2019, Ciudad de México. Photo by Esthel Vogrig