While "away" refers to leaving a place and also to a fresh start and to making new experiences, "a way" describes the course leading into a certain direction. Artists are seekers, sometimes nomads and voyagers. In order to create their works outside the national art system and under the influence of a new environment, they often move their studio to foreign countries. Residencies abroad are considered to be evidence of a successful career, constitute a key section in biographies and also are an important instrument of public art promotion. Numerous Western European countries have seen a new upturn in stays of domestic artists in important art metropolises and remote retreats in the form of artist-in-residence programs and studio grants since the 1990s. International residencies that are even regarded as an accolade also play a significant role in Austria’s art scene.
Since 2016, AWAY – a project around residencies has put the spotlight on the renowned international residency programme under which the Federal Chancellery of Austria has sent Austrian artists all over the world since the 1970s. In addition to providing a documentary analysis of the programme, AWAY and its extensive website have become a well-established information and participation platform on the topic of artist residencies and was continued with a publication in 2018.
For the first time, the exhibition made this important field of art promotion accessible to a wider public and in the laboratory, the discursive programme, experts discussed ideas for the future. Commissioned by the Federal Chancellery, Alexandra Grausam designed the project and implemented it together with her team and numerous artists.read more
Under the international residency program introduced in the 1970s, the Federal Chancellery "sends" Austrian artists all over the world in order to give them modern work opportunities in foreign cultural regions and to fulfil the art system's demand for networking and international presence. The opportunities have continuously changed over the years and now include 18 studio places at 13 destinations allocated to around 50 artists from the fields of the visual arts, photography and media art. At present, too, there are over a dozen artists on tour.
WEBSITE, NETWORK, PUBLICATION
The focus of AWAY currently is on the extensive website — it gives visibility to the international residency program and its evolution, all the destinations and the participating artists and, with calls & programs, it offers a networked service tool that informs about current calls and programs of the Austrian art promotion scene.
The diary and the Instagram residency #awayresidency gives grant beneficiaries the opportunity to be present in parallel to their geographical absence. The two formats extend an invitation to artists to tell us about their day-to-day work and life abroad in uncensored statements and snapshots, to share their personal experiences and work processes and to let us accompany them a bit to their temporary studios.
In 2018, AWAY was continued and expanded by a publication – documenting the exhibition with its around 170 exhibits and the laboratory with the contributions to the discussions in the think tanks and the symposium. The book presents artistic outcomes and contrasts them with structural components and theoretical approaches in order to identify future-oriented impulses for international studio and residency programs in an evaluating outlook going beyond a purely documentary level.
The project was initiated by the Federal Chancellery to address current challenges that go hand in hand with the provision of studio places abroad.read less
Each year, the Federal Chancellery of Austria sends around 50 artists to the currently eighteen foreign studios of the republic for three to six months. Since the 1970s, about 950 artists have been recording these temporary work rooms and currently the following fellows are on their way to discover and expand the artistic situation on site and their own work in a foreign environment:
Around 950 Austrian artists have worked at a studio provided by the Federal Chancellery abroad since the 1970s. Many of them are well known – artists who represented Austria at the Venice Biennale, documenta or other renowned exhibitions of contemporary art, who pass on their experiences and know-how to the next generation at national and international art universities and who succeed in the global art market.
Born in Vienna, studied art history at the University of Vienna as well as conservation – restoration at the Technical University of Munich and the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna.read more
In 2006 she founded Atelier Siebenstern focusing on the restoration of contemporary works of art and paintings. In 2007 she co-founded the art association das weisse haus which she has managed to date and which was expanded to include a studio and residency programme (studio das weisse haus) in 2013. Alexandra Grausam was co-curator and co-organiser of the project »Hard to Sell, Good to Have« in 2010. Moreover, she was a jury member of »BESTOFF« (annual exhibition of the University of Art and Design in Linz) and the »Diagonale Prize for Innovative Cinema « in 2016 and has been a member of the Supervisory Board of Kunsthalle Wien and the »New Media« advisory board of the City of Vienna since 2017. AWAY was designed by Alexandra Grausam and curated by her together with Genoveva Rückert and Katja Stecher for the Federal Chancellery Austria.read less
Born in Hall in Tirol, studies art history in the master programme at Vienna University and at Università degli Studi Roma Tre.read more
From 2011 she worked for three years in a Viennese gallery for contemporary art and supervised the private collection of a local collector. In 2016 she completed an internship at KÖR – Kunst im öffentlichen Raum Wien. In 2017/2018, she continued to study art history at the Università degli Studi Roma Tre in the Italian capital. Most recently, she was involved as a research intern for the exhibition "Comedy of Being" at Kunsthaus Zug in Switzerland.
For AWAY in 2016 she was jointly responsible for the exhibition assistance of "Stories from Abroad". Since 2017 she continues to work on the project support as an assistant to Alexandra Grausam.
Studied journalism and communication sciences as well as art history in Vienna and Utrecht (Netherlands).read more
She made her way to copywriting by working in PR and for a motley group of accounts for many years. She has been employed by Blumenkraft in Vienna since 2001 – as a fully-fledged florist after obtaining her apprenticeship certificate in 2005. Cooperation with Leonard Koren on the book project The Flower Shop. Since 2011, Alexandra Uedl has been active as a free-lance copywriter for online and printed stories and specialised in storytelling and corporate publishing. She drafts wordings, develops product names, conducts and writes interviews, speeches, recipes and children’s stories and is responsible for the textual presentation of several Austrian enterprises. Her position is Head of Text within the framework of AWAY.read less
Studied art history at the University of Vienna and ECM (educating, curating and managing) at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna from 2012 to 2014.read more
Master thesis: »Who is Calling? Disziplinierungen und Durchkreuzungen im Ausstellungsfeld am Beispiel des Open Call« She co-curated the exhibition »Out of the Box. 10 Questions about Artistic Research« at the Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art in 2013 and authored exhibition and catalogue texts for The '70s. Talkin' 'Bout Future at Schallaburg in 2016. She currently works as art educator at the 21er Haus in Vienna and, as project co-ordinator, shares responsibility for the studio and residency programme of studio das weisse haus. Together with Alexandra Grausam, she is in charge of the Laboratory of AWAY – a project around residencies.read less
Born in Palermo, Italy, studied painting at the Academy of Fine Arts of Palermo and at the École des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, France.read more
In addition to her own artistic activities as a painter and sculptor, she worked at several young off-spaces in Palermo. She served as assistant at the gallery Francesco Pantaleone Arte Contemporanea in Palermo and at the Futura Centre for Contemporary Art in Prague where she also worked as a co-curator in 2014. in early 2016, an extracurricular traineeship in geographical mobility took Serena Fanara to Vienna and to the weisse haus to which she will return in September to work as a project assistant. For AWAY she serves as an exhibition assistant. Serena Fanara lives and works in Vienna and Palermo.read less
studied art history and cultural anthropology at the University of Vienna.read more
2007-2012 she worked in the curatorial team of the Kunsthalle Wien. She (co-) curated the exhibitions "Mode/Fotografie aus der Sammlung“, "Francesco Vezzoli", "Marcellvs L.", "Clifton Childree", "Mike Parr", "William S. Burroughs". 2013-2014 she worked in the team of the Generali Foundation. Since then, she has worked as a freelance curator, author and journalist, co-curating the exhibition "Ellen Cantor" for the Neue Kunstverein Wien and the ongoing exhibition series "THE HALL" together with Gerald Matt for the Art Institute Vienna. She has contributed extensively to artist monographs and catalogs, and has been involved in the publication of das weisse haus publication for their 10th anniversary in 2017. At AWAY she is part of the editorial team for AWAY publication.read less
Born in Vienna in 1965, studied architecture at the technical universities of Vienna and Stuttgart. Since his graduation in 1994, he has worked for various architecture firms, numerous competitions, exhibition venues and museums.read more
Exhibition architecture and technical co-ordination for the MAK/Museum of Applied Arts in Vienna (1996-2001 and since 2014). Project architect for Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary since 2004. Projects implemented for the Vienna Fair, Forum Mozartplatz and the “Mega” exhibition at the Künstlerhaus. Taught at the Department of Building Theory by Design at TU Wien from 2003 to 2008. Designed shops (Klavierhaus am Opernring, Tonstudio Noyz, Vienna), residential (loft conversions in Vienna) and public buildings (main entrances of the MAK/Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna, and the side portal of Karlskirche in Vienna) and much more.read less
Studied economics and social sciences at the Vienna University of Economics and Business and completed the master programme “art & economy” at the University of Applied Arts in 2013.read more
Since 2010, she has worked as a free-lancer on cultural and media projects, e.g. assistant to Georg Russegger for the Coded Cultures Festival; internship at the ORF Public Value competence centre in 2011, subsequently assistance and editorial work for Public Value publications; 2012-2014 radio producer for Radio Orange 94.0 with her own monthly music show. In 2013 she took charge of project co-ordination for the studio and residency programme studio das weisse haus and shared responsibility for its concept and development. In 2014, festival coverage for Edition VDW 2014 during the Vienna Design Week. For AWAY, Sheyda Malek serves as Laboratory assistant.read less
Born in Graz in 1974, studied Art History and Culture Management, Art Education and Design and Technology in Graz, Linz and Karlsruhe.read more
Since 2003 cCurator at the OK Center for Contemporary Art, Upper Austria., responsible for the program and the publications and since 2012 head of the department for development and art mediation, Since 2005 lecturer on spatial theory and other subjects at the Art University Linz and, curator of BestOff 2016 there. Curated many international exhibitions and headed the development and education department at OÖ Kulturquartier. Key work areas:group shows and thematic exhibitions & publications: spatial art and theory, especially media art, spatial installations and art in public space. Exhibitions and publications: ExtraKino, CyberArts – wWinners of Prix Ars Electronica, Shake – Staatsaffäre, Mirador – Media Art from Spain, Am Sprung / Takeoff – Young Art/Scene Austria, Biennale Cuvée, Höhenrausch / Thrill of Heights, Tiefenrausch / Thrill of Depth, etc.; Solo presentations: Lida Abdul, Bill Fontana, Ryan Gander, Cristina Lucas, Oscar Munoz, Roman Signer, etc.read less
born in Dej, Romania, studied fine art at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna and painting at the University of Art and Design Cluj Napoca, Romania.read more
Additionally to her artistic practice, Alexandra is also working independently as a curator and on project-based initiatives for various institutions like das weisse haus Wien and Alte Schmiede among others. Currently she is a doctoral candidate at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, researching on the topic of post-soviet subjectivities.read less
Born in Vienna, studied international development with a focus on gender studies at the University of Vienna.read more
After activities for several development agencies, she worked for the Vienna Institute for International Dialogue and Cooperation (VIDC) from 2010 to 2014 and specialised in combatting trafficking in women in Austria. Alexandra Toth is a part-time author writing for the magazines an.schläge and thegap. She gives presentations on trafficking in women for NGOs and works as a DJ. For AWAY, she serves as a project assistant with regard to organisational issues.read less