2016 June 21
Ortsbezogene Kunst Site-Specific Art

Site-Specific Art

The focus of our program is to understand a site and its context as a driving force, a material to work with, as a place of activity, and a field for action. The students concentrate on approaches that make a site the point of departure for the artistic process.

We consider the class a field for experimentation where it becomes possible to shift settled notions and, in addition, to develop an individual artistic position. We want to study sites closely – both in- and outside –, expanding, breaking, amplifying, and changing them. There are no limits to the actual strategies employed: works can be performative, conceptual, object-related, processual, and may refer to social, political or art-specific topics.

Students’ individual interests are stimulated by working within an exhibition space, by reflecting in one-on-one conversations as well as with peers or through writing, and by manual artistic realizations in analogue and digital studios. We expand our focus with collective exhibition visits, projects, guest lectures, and field trips, while we ourselves make a public appearance.

History of the Department

Originating in the Master Class of Graphics, the department was headed by Univ-Prof. Mario Terzic from 1992 until 2013. In 2000, due to its focus on landscaping elements and garden design it was renamed Landscape Design and embedded within the Institute of Design.
From 2013 to 2014, Martha Schwartz as well as Tim Richardson and Tony Heywood directed the Landscape Design class.

Under the new head Paul Petritsch (Six & Petritsch), the class was reestablished in 2014 as Landscape Art and has since been positioned within the Institute of Fine and Media Arts.

Since June 2016 it is called Department for Site-Specific-Art to reflect the shift from a focus on the creation of place through design to a questioning of place through artistic inquiry and intervention. 

Image: Pia Plankensteiner, “Stadt in Bewegung”, 2016