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

Symposium Day #2

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

Symposium Day #3

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

Symposium Day #4

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