Austria, Salzburg

Let paintings sing

when 16 July 2018 - 4 August 2018
language English
duration 3 weeks
fee EUR 950

This course is intended for painters, visual artists, performance artists and musicians/sound artists. Through music, I would like to explore the culture of painting, its past and future, its relevance in our time and society. You will be expected to choose one specific painting for extensive research. You will make a reproduction of that painting (i.e. paint a fake version, photocopy, etc). The researching process will be translated into a form of poetry and song, then that painting will sing the song based on your research.

At the beginning of the course Ei Arakawa will demonstrate his research on the topic of “singing paintings”, which also includes his sculpture projects in Münster, where he has already been collaborating with Christian Naujoks, musician and co-teacher of the course. In a practical workshop, students will find out about how to engage with different strategies of music production and generating sound. index.php?id=16242

How does music relate to art? Does a painting have a voice? Where and to whom does a painting want to speak and sing? We will explore the various ways of how paintings can be activated outside the usual exhibition wall setting – allowing the painting to perform itself. Students may work individually or in groups. We could collectively reproduce the painting, and also collectively make a song. The last step might be that the students find a location in the city or in nature, document the activity and finally make a “music video” which will be shown at the Summer Academy and uploaded.

Course leader

Ei Arakawa with Christian Naujoks

Target group

Open to anyone interested in fine arts and musicians

Fee info

EUR 950: Regular fee
EUR 710: Reduced fee for students


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