Austria, Salzburg

Portraiture / Animism

when 30 July 2018 - 11 August 2018
language English
duration 2 weeks
fee EUR 700

This course explores the ideas of anthropomorphy, animism and process-based working. The main focus is on the artistic production, and there will be also some theoretical input. We will explore our urge to recognize ourselves in others and our connection to objects through empathy. Further, we will look at the perception of the self and projection of the other.

The idea in animism, the shift from an object to becoming a subject, gives it a life, animates it. The class will deal with this shift between the inanimate and the animate, and everything in between. How objects become personas and personas are defined through objects. We will be looking at ourselves through objects, sculpting without seeing, and creating portraits through everyday objects. We will be working from our imagination and from and with objects.

Over the two-week course, the participants will use different media and techniques to explore portraiture and the field between abstraction and figuration, as well as the shift from object to subject. Participants will be working with collage, direct print, paper sculpture, clay and soft materials.

As now it seems that we have found an answer for everything, we are seeing the inexplicable, the magic, the other(-worldly) to make sense of the everyday. The aim of the course is to bring objects to life, to become the creator of creatures, just as in Frankenstein’s Lab.

Course leader

Caroline Achaintre

Target group

open to anyone interested in fine arts

Fee info

EUR 700: Regular fee
EUR 540: Reduced fee for students


Send application for grants by 3 April 2018. link on official website