Salzburg, Austria

Editing as Practice: Developing Personal Voice

blended course
when 19 August 2021 - 31 August 2021
language English
duration 2 weeks
fee EUR 640

This course is part of the Salzburg International Summer Academy of Fine Arts's 2021 programme.

Course leader

Wasif Munem

Target group

open to anyone interested in fine arts

Course aim

"I always listen to what I can leave out."(Miles Davis). How can we listen to what's not there? Spaces behind the images (notes) and the silence from which pictures (music) emerge. We are living in a time where ninety-five million photos are uploaded every day on Instagram alone. In such a time of constant visual feed, how can we create a voice and give meaning to our work? How can we listen through images and value authorship?

The focus of the course is to understand editing as a practice and a continuous process. By engaging with the idea of sequencing and narrative building, students explore how editing can create, alter and influence new meanings in our work. Students learn to analyse various theories and approaches to editing and look at the conjunction of flow, pace and rhythm in a narrative. By drawing parallels between composing music, cinema practices and textual forms, students explore various materials – taken or found, documentary or fiction – to understand editing in contemporary image-making practices. How can the same body of work respond to the needs of different forms of representation, such as for digital platforms, physical exhibition or as a book?

Students learn from intense dialogue about ongoing personal works, paired with one-on-one consultations. Other students’ engagements involve dissecting, juxtaposing and analysing a variety of critical work by other artists and photographers, while I will share personal experiences and approaches, from conceptualisation to exhibiting.

*If necessary, the course may be held exclusively online.

Fee info

EUR 640: regular fee
EUR 480: reduced fee for students


Grant applications can be sent before 3 May.