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Successfull 3. Alps Art Academy

Because of the Covid pandemic, the international summer academy ALPS ART ACADEMY was postponed into autumn and its size was reduced by half (participants and workshops).
The associated ILEA Talks were  largely carried out digitally, with participants from three time zones and streamed live on Youtube. Even the early onset of winter could not slow down the success, but only spurred the creativity of the participants even more. > final presentation. A selection of the academy projects will also be on view at the closing event of the Art Safiental Biennale> Program

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Alps Magazine

“Das Digi-Tal. Das Bündner Safiental ist eng. Doch seine Bewohner sind so offen, wie man es selten in abgelegenen Alpenregionen erlebt. Frische Ideen und mutige Projekte..”
Thank you ALPS Magazine, Ute Watzl and Lisa Hörterer for the lovely and comprehensive article on our art initiatives and valley.



ILEA Talks: critical grounds


The symposium will take place on the first weekend of the Alps Art AcademySeptember 26/27, 2020The first day of the Conference “CRITICAL GROUNDS” addresses a critical discourses regarding landscape, its change, perception, and use: the second day presents several art initiatives working in the peripheral, rural and alpine areas. Due to restrictions caused by the Covid-pandemic, this year’s the symposium will only take place within the Academy and will not be open to external visitors. But we will stream the talks free of charge and live for all interested parties.

Speakers: Annemarie Bucher, Sally de Kunst, Ryan Dewey, William L. Fox, Johannes M. Hedinger, Michael Hiltbrunner, Hanna B. Hölling, Marcel Hörler, Tara Lasrado, Dharmendra Prasad, Emily Eliza Scott, Chris Taylor, Curdin Tones, Rebecca Uchill, Karen Winzer
Link  Live Stream
Link Live Stream Sunday

Detailed program: HERE
Program/Handout – info/download


ETH Robotics Event

On 5./6. September 2020 the Science Weekend, organized with ETH IRIS (Institute or Robotics and Intelligent Systems) in the frame of Art Safiental took place. On both days there was offered a «Robotic Hike» with the two robots “Myosuit” and “Anymal” from Tenner Alp Bleichtaboda (1938 m.ü.M.) the the peak Chrüz (2020 m.ü.M.). Reviews in NZZBlick, Südostschweiz, Bündner Tagblatt und Ruinaulta. – Photos by Robert Riener and Susi Schildknecht.



Finally mainstream

The Art Safiental Biennale was featured as a question in the quiz show “1 gegen 100” on TV SRF1. and the candidate eben new the answer! 118980588_3487295721383632_5077130419664284489_n


Tree No. 3

With Com&Com we show at Kunsthaus Zofingen the all new sculpture “Tree No.3”




Power of the Alps

Article in  Engadiner Post about my talk on contemporary art initiatives in the Swiss Alps. which took place in the frame of Kunstwege 2020 in Pontresina




Art Safiental open

Art Safiental Biennial is officially open. The beautiful weather attracted many people. About 200 attended the official events, many more met individually the artists at their installations. A free exhibition guide can be downloaded here



Preview Art Safiental


Luckily, despite the Covid-19 pandemic, the 3. Art Safiental Biennale can take place from 18.7. – 1.11. 2020. The annual topic is “Analog-Digital”, here you can find a Presspreview (german) and we just published the artist list:
Nancy Baker Cahill (US), James Bridle (UK), Com&Com (CH), Fragmentin (CH), H.R. Fricker (CH), Frölicher / Bietenhader (CH), Denis Handschin (CH), Bruno Jakob (US/CH), Melodie Mousset (FR/CH), Patrick Rohner (CH), Manuel Rossner (DE), Sara Rutz (CH), Curdin Tones & Jan Robert Leegte (CH/NL), Lucie Tuma (CH), Marie Velardi (CH), Ester Vonplon (CH).

The accompanying international Summerschool Alps Art Academy  on the other hand had to be postponed into autumn (new dates: 24.9. – 3.10.2020). Also the ILEA Talks are pushed back to 26./27.9.2020.

All three events are organized by ILEA Institute for Land and Environmental Art.



Covers Landscape1

LANDSCAPE is a new publication series edited by Johannes M. Hedinger and Hanna B. Hölling for the Institute for Land and Environmental Art (ILEA) concerned with the theory, history and new tendencies in the art of the peripheric, rural and alpine landscapes. The book consists of three parts: The DOSSIER includes a collection of writing excerpts related to a theoretical and historical reflection about the landscape. The ESSAY section features writings, articles, interviews and artistic contributions that originated in the network of the Institute ILEA. The CATALOG offers an overview of the outdoor biennale Art Safiental and the international summer school Alps Art Academy of the years 2016 and 2018.

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Texts by: Aufdi Aufdermauer, Delphine Chapuis Schmitz, William L. Fox, Johannes M. Hedinger, Hanna B. Hölling, Mattli Hunger, Sibylle Omlin, Janis Osolin, Lukas Ott, Jano Felice Pajarola, Jolanda Rechsteiner, Emily Eliza Scott, Chris Taylor, Lucie Tuma

Artworks by: Lita Albuquerque, Ueli Alder, Atelier für Sonderaufgaben, Paul Barsch & Tilman Hornig, Bildstein | Glatz, Mirja Busch, Delphine Chapuis Schmitz, Com&Com, DIG Collective, Les Frères Chapuisat, H.R. Fricker, Gabriela Gerber / Lukas Bardill, Bob Gramsma, Marianne Halter & Mario Marchisella, Jaffa Lam, Ingeborg Lüscher, Filippo Minelli, Raumlabor, Steve Rowell, Analia Saban, Roman Signer und vielen mehr.

Publisher: Vexer Verlag St.Gallen / Berlin
Editors: Johannes M. Hedinger, Hanna B. Hölling
Editorial Cooperation: Mirja Busch
Graphic design: Alltag Agentur, Philip Bührer, Janine Lorenz

english/german, 288 pages, 114 images
ISBN 978-3-909090-94-5
CHF 33 / Euro 30
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