about the Laboratory

The AWAY laboratory – the discursive programme of the project – was made up of three think tanks and several public events of the symposium with the aim of engaging experts from the fields of art, culture, science and policy-making in intensive exchanges in the think tanks, exploring the topic from their specific perspectives, jointly addressing key issues and generating know-how for optimizing international residency programmes for the future.

The symposium included talks, workshops and discussions in which representatives of international artist residencies, scientists and cultural policy-makers outlined and highlighted the state of the art of residencies abroad and encouraged a public exchange of experiences and opinions. The laboratory was designed and realized in cooperation with Katja Stecher.

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AWAY derives its complexity from the three different areas covered: While the exhibition presents the achievements of artists during recent residencies and the destinations cover the places, frameworks and features which the Austrian Federal Chancellery offers to Austrian artists in its international residency programme, the laboratory with its theoretical approach wishes to explore the design of comparable programmes elsewhere, existing experiences, identifiable potentials for development and the direction which the development of this promotional instrument could take in future.

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think tanks

The core task of think tanks is to consider certain problems and issues and to develop proposals for solutions and actions to be implemented in practice. AWAY – a project around residences also pursued this approach in meetings organised in the run-up. The focus was on exploring the institutional fabric of this previously under-researched practice area as well as the perspectives of the artists themselves together with players of the art scene. The results of the three AWAY think tanks was presented in the exhibition and were made to make a significant contribution to the future of residency programmes.

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Residency programmes have already become an apparently natural key element of the international art scene so that neither their origins nor their future development is challenged and called into question. Manifold schemes open up a world of opportunities and evoke a picture of placeless, nomadic artists who have to leave their home environment to be creative. But how do these programmes actually structure artistic living and working practices and which problems are linked with this pressure to be mobile?

It may be surprising that, in spite of the evident international boom in studio grants and residency programmes, there are hardly any scientific studies on this practice area. Against this background, AWAY – a project around residencies provided a platform for a critical discourse that reviewed the logics of this institutional fabric as well as the objectives of diverse grants and programmes. The think tanks explored these key issues from different perspectives and, together with experts of the art scene, considered structures, models and approaches which seemed to make sense in the future.

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think tank #1
30/08/2016 | 10 am-2 pm | das weisse haus, Hegelgasse 14, 1010 Vienna
The studio abroad – an artistic turning point in a foreign country?
think tank #2
28/09/2016 | 10 am-2 pm | AIL – Angewandte Innovation Lab, Franz Josefs Kai 3
Artist Residencies – Learning from each other
think tank #3
03/11/2016 | 10 am-2 pm | Zollergasse 31, 1070 Vienna
A look behind the scenes – who becomes an artist-in-residence and how?


In accordance with its title “Learning from each other“, this symposium organised in the context of AWAY – a project around residencies reflects the intention of attaining closer international exchange through intensive networking with experts in the fields of art and cultural policy, in this way generating knowledge that may have a lasting effect on future residence programmes.

Residence programmes have established themselves as an element of the international art scene that is so central and apparently integral and self-evident that its origin is usually as little analysed as its future development. In fact, they reflect a historical concept with a long tradition that found its beginnings with secondment practices at European courts and has been experiencing a revival since the 1990s. To this day, a great variety of heterogeneous models and offerings – all of them covered by the same umbrella term – has evolved around the world. Moreover, it should be considered that not only the field of politics and its frame conditions, but also the context in which such programmes are embedded have changed radically over the past three decades or so.

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Seen against this background, the AWAY laboratory viewed itself as a platform for a critical discourse that directed its analysis at the logics and structural conditions of this complex area as well as at the focuses and objectives of various scholarships and programmes. Another central issue of the discussion pertained to the question of which models and offerings should be chosen by individual carrier bodies in order to react to topical cultural and political challenges. A key approach lied in highlighting these central issues from different perspectives in order to collectively identify structures, models and methods that seemed effective for the future. A multifaceted programme made up of workshops, lectures and talks was to generate important impulses and new knowledge, in this way making an essential contribution towards self-reflective practice.

Erich Berger
(artist), Claudia Büttner (art historian), Juraj Čarný (curator), Susan Hapgood (executive director ISCP New York), Friedemann Heckel (curator), Stefanie Hessler (curator TBA 21 Academy), Katrin Hornek (artist), Marko Lulic (artist), Thomas Macho (cultural scientist), Kai Maier-Rothe (artist), Vera Mey (curator), Bernd Milla (director Kunststiftung Baden-Württemberg), Wolfgang Müller-Funk (cultural scientist), Nicola Müllerschön (head of arts and culture department, KfW Stiftung Frankfurt), Jörn Schafaff (art historian), Andreas Spiegl (media theorist), Sofie Thorsen (artist), Sabine B. Vogel (art critic), representatives of Austrian and international residence programmes.

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Symposium Day #1

16/11/2016 | 05-06.30 pm | Zollergasse 31, 1070 Vienna

Learning from each other

# The romance of the atelier will probably disappear in time

Symposium Day #2

01/12/2016 | 03-07 pm | Zollergasse 31, 1070 Vienna

Learning from each other

# Which residency and why?

Symposium Day #3

02/12/2016 | 10 am-07.30 pm | Zollergasse 31, 1070 Wien

Learning from each other

# Real / imagined spaces
# Curators as Nomads and Networkers?
# Which terms and functions need to be re-defined?
# Artist Residencies – from an artistic point of view
# From Landscape to Laboratory

Symposium Day #4

03/12/2016 | 10 am-05 pm | Zollergasse 31, 1070 Vienna

Learning from each other

# Theories of strangeness
# Working in the global art world
# Visions – Desires – Changes


Our list of literature on the topics of artists in residence, artists' studio, artistic work, the theoretical as well as exemplary as well as a selection of publications of our discussion participants:


Abbing, Hans: Why Are Artists Poor? The Exceptional Economy oft he Arts. Amsterdam, 2006
Aranda, Julieta/Wood, Brian Kuan/Vidokle, Anton: Are You working Too Much? Post-Fordism, Precarity, and the Labor of Arts. Berlin, 2011
Augé, Marc: Vorüberlegungen zu einer Ethnologie der Einsamkeit. Frankfurt am Main, 1994
Bachelard, Gaston: Poetik des Raumes. Frankfurt am Main, 19(57)87
Bätschmann, Oskar: Ausstellungskünstler. Kult und Karriere im modernen Kunstsystem. Köln, 1997
Behnke, Christoph/Dziallas, Christa/Gerber, Marina/Seidel, Stephanie (Hg.): Artist-in-Residence. Neue Modelle der Kulturförderung. Lüneburg, 2008
Bianchi, Paolo: Der Künstler, Narr und Nomade. In: Kunstforum International 112, 1991
Bishop, Claire: Radical museology, or, what’s 'contemporary' in museums of contemporary art? Köln, 2013
Boltanski, Luc/Chiapello, Eve: Der neue Geist des Kapitalismus. Konstanz, 2003
BNN (Hg.): We love Artists. Artists In Residencies around the world. Tokyo, 2009
Bröckling, Ulrich: Das unternehmerische Selbst. Soziologie einer Subjektivierungsform. Frankfurt am Main, 2007
Buren, Daniel/Repensek, Thomas: The Function of the Studio. In: October Vol. 10, 1979, S. 51 - 58
Büttner, Claudia/Rückert, Genoveva: Die Rückkehr der Auftragskunst. Eine Gegenerzählung von Projekten und Installationskunst im öffentlichen und institutionellen Raum. In: Sturm, Martin/Stoff, Julia (Hg.): Höhenrausch – Kunst in die Stadt., Wien, 2016
Büttner, Claudia: Art Goes Public. Von der Gruppenausstellung im Freien zum Kunstprojekt im nichtinstitutionellen Raum. München, 1997
De Certeau, Michel: Praktiken im Raum. In: Kunst des Handelns. Berlin, 1988, S. 177-238
Diers, Michael/Wagner, Monika: Topos Atelier. Werkstatt und Wissensform. Berlin, 2010
Doherty, Claire (Hg.): Contemporary Art. From Studio to Situation. London, 2004
English, James F: The Economy of Prestige. Prizes, Awards, and the Circulation of Cultural Value. London, 2005
Falb, Daniel/Gerhardt, Ulrike/Heckel, Friedemann: Post-Studio Tales. Hamburg, 2015
Foster, Hal: The Artist as Ethnographer. In: Ders.: The Return oft he Real. The Avant-Garde at the End oft he Century, London, 1996


Graw, Isabelle: Der große Preis. Kunst zwischen Markt und Celebrity Kultur. Köln, 2008
Glauser, Andrea: Verordnete Entgrenzung. Kulturpolitik, Artist-in-Residence-Programme und die Praxis der Kunst. Bielefeld, 2009
Groys, Boris: Über das Neue. Versuch einer Kulturökonomie. Frankfurt am Main, 1996
Haberl, Horst Gerhard/Krause, Werner/Strasser, Peter (Hg.): auf, und, davon. Eine Nomadologie der Neunziger. Essays über die Notwendigkeit den Standort zu wechseln (Herbstbuch eins). Graz, 1990
Harvey, Jonathan /O’Laughlin, Lea: 25 Years. Hosting International Artist’s Residencies in London. London, 2012
Hildwine, Jeriah: Artist Residencies. Are they worth it? Vermont, 2015
Holert, Tom/Terkessidis, Mark: Fliehkraft. Gesellschaft in Bewegung – von Migranten und Touristen. Köln, 2006
Kunstforum International: Ästhetik des Reisens Bd. 136. , 1997
Kunstforum International: Atlas der Künstlerreisen. Bd. 137. , 1997
Krauss, Rosalind: Sculpture in the Expanded Field. In: October, Vol. 8, S. 30-44, 1979
Kwon, Miwon: The Wrong Place. In: Doherty, Claire (Hg.): Contemporary Art. From Studio to Situation, London, 2004, S. 30-41
Kwon, Miwon: Ein Ort nach dem anderen. In: Schöllhammer, Georg/Saxenhuber, Hedwig (Hg.): OK Ortsbezug. Konstruktion oder Prozess, Linz, 1998, S. 17-54
Löw, Martina: Eigenlogische Strukturen – Differenzen zwischen Städten als konzeptuelle Herausforderung. In: Berking, Helmuth/Löw, Martina (Hg) : Die Eigenlogik der Städte – Neue Wege für die Stadtforschung, Frankfurt am Main, 2008, S.33-53
Mazza, Lisa/Windhager, Laura: How to Live Together? How to Work Together? On Residencies as Sites of Community and Production. Masterarbeit. Goldsmyth University London, 2012
Mitch, Albert/Antoniolli, Alessio/Frey, Lorna/Loder, Robert: Triangle. Variety of experience around artists’ workshops and residencies. London, 2007


O´Doherty, Brian: Atelier und Galerie (Studio and Cube). Berlin, 2012
On Residencies (Hg.): A conversation with Irmeli Kokko – curator, educator and cultural producer with a long time involvement in residency programs. o.O., 2015
Romero, Emily L.: Artist-in-Residence. A Qualitative Study of A Rural Arts Programme. Denver, 1997
Ruppert, Wolfgang: Von der Werkstatt zum Kulturort. Frankfurt am Main, 1998
Sassen, Saskia: The Global City: New York, London, Tokyo, Princeton. Princeton, 2001
Schneemann, Peter Johannes: Das Atelier in der Fremde. In: Diers, Michael/Wagner, Monika: Topos Atelier. Werkstatt und Wissensform. Berlin, 2010, S. 175-191


The European Commission: Policy Handbook on Artists’ Residencies. Open method of Coordination (OMC) Working group of EU member states experts on artists’ residencies. , o.O., 2014
Ursprung, Phillip: Arbeiten in der globalen Kunstwelt. Olafur Eliasson’s Werkstatt und Büro. In: Diers, Michael/ Wagner, Monika: Topos Atelier. Werkstatt und Wissensform. Berlin, 2010, S. 147
Wagner, Monika: "Der kreative Akt als öffentliches Ereignis“. In: Diers, Michael /Wagner, Monika: Topos Atelier. Werkstatt und Wissensform. Berlin, 2010, S. 45ff