Austria, Salzburg

The Magic Meets the Conceptual

when 12 August 2019 - 31 August 2019
language English
duration 3 weeks

This course is intended for all kinds of artists, such as painters, sculptors, conceptual artists, new media artists, performance artists and sound artists. What we call “the magic” are esoteric knowledge systems (e.g. astrology/tarot), supernatural phenomena, pre-modern rituals, and illusions, but this does not mean that we delusionally exclude science and Western modernity. By mixing the magic and the modern perspective, we critique the condition of our contemporary society. How to animate inanimate objects? How can everyday rituals be magic? What is a non-ritualistic ritual? How do we form a temporal community? How can we deal with time moving backwards and forwards? How can art be magic? How can non-Western knowledge systems translate into a wider context? Where does Conceptualism meet the magic? Where does psychology meet the magic? How to WeChat? How to airdrop? How to drive without a driver?

At the beginning of the course, Ei Arakawa and Sarah Chow will demonstrate their research on the topic of “contemporary art and magic”. We may look into artists such as Jack Smith, Stuart Sherman, Mike Kelly, Ana Mendieta, Gutai, Rei Naito, Hélio Oiticica, Charlotte Posenenske, Trisha Donnelly, Maryanne Amacher. We will also conduct a blind-date-style astrology performance. Participants will prepare some “magic” and create individual artworks that we will develop together in class. At the end of the course, we will present these artworks both in class and outdoors in Hohensalzburg Fortress, or in another public space.

Course leader

Ei Arakawa with Sarah Chow

Target group

Open to anyone interested in fine arts and performance

Fee info

EUR 0: EUR 950: Regular fee
EUR 710: Reduced fee for students


Send application for grants by 3 April 2019. Link on official website