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Work Places and their Future Stories – Online Summer School with Anamarija Batista

We are delighted that curator and art historian Anamarija Batista will be leading our 2021 Summer School, Work Places and their Future Stories. The school will focus on how we can think about workplaces, and consider how we can relate them to the ideas of exchange and production. The school will discuss these questions in the context of serial working conditions, collaboration, knowledge production and art education. Batista has also invited philosopher and art educator Iris Laner, and artist and academic Sven Anderson to contribute.

In these sessions we will engage with the question of how productivity, collaboration and development are reflected in the actual design of ‘workplace’, but also in its ideas. The conceptions of work processes play an important role here, in connection with issues like how collaborative working is promoted, how individual workplaces should be arranged, who connects with whom, who is able to make decisions and whose voice is heard by others. Therefore, we will take a special interest in revolutionary institutions of art education and in new forms of dynamic workplaces in the field of art, which are organized in the form of artist in residence programs. These examples give us a basis to discuss future notions of productivity as well as collaboration, but also to imagine the way these will be expressed in the form of workplace arrangements.

In preparation for the workshop, participants will receive a reader with selected texts (mid June). We will use the format of group presentations to present and discuss the texts during the workshop.


Application Procedure

The school is open to artists, curators, writers, activists, musicians, architects and academics. Please note this three-session course has a limit on places. We will need - An expression of interest specifying why you are interested in the topic of Work Places and their Future Stories; a short bio 100 words maximum; supporting documentation of two projects maximum.

Email materials with subject header - Summer School: Workplaces and Their Future Stories in a single PDF to:

We are accepting material until 5pm 11th June 2021.


Programme and guests

- Session: 1 1 July 2021 Bauhaus & Black Mountain College

Invited guest - Iris Laner

Elaborating on the two historical cases Bauhaus and Black Mountain College in a first session, we will explore how productivity, collaboration and development, such as the artistic co-creation of social mass production or the non-hierarchical approach to education, were organized in the field of artistic educational practice.

We will engage with discussions probing how these innovative perspectives manifested themselves both in the workplace, and, in the context of lived teaching practices at Bauhaus and Black Mountain College. On a theoretical level, we will look at the economic approaches of Time in relation to the idea of productivity and examine how these linked and transferred into the field of art education.



10.00 – 10.20 Welcome Helen Carey / Jennie Guy

10:20 – 10:40 Introduction Anamarija Batista

10:50 - 11:50 Group presentation of Text I and II by workshop participants followed by discussions

11:50 – 12:10 Break

12:10-13:10 Input & Discussion by Anamarija Batista & Iris Laner

13:00 -14:00 Analysis of selected photographic material in breakout-room and in forum


Session 2 : 8 July 2021 Artist-in-residenceprograms as dynamic artistic workspaces

Invited guests Sven Anderson & Iris Laner

Focusing on ‘Artist in Residence’ programs in a second session, we will concentrate on recent designs of dynamic artistic workplace. Within their artist in residence programmes, institutions like bonn hoeren and Schloss Solitude provide a space for temporarily restricted forms of individual or collaborative artistic engagement. We want to have a closer look at the conditions of working and collaborating within these institutions and ask how the always newly experienced workplace affects productivity and development. Sven Anderson will give us an insight into his projects The Manual for Acoustic Planning and Urban Sound Design and The Office for Common Sound.



10:00 – 10:20 Introduction Anamarija Batista

10:20 – 11:20 Input & Discussion Sven Anderson

11:20-11:50 Break

11:50:12:50 Group presentation of ‘text III & IV’ by workshop participants & discussion

12:50-13:20 Input by Anamarija Batista & Iris Laner

13:20-14:00 Analysis of selected photographic and video material together with Anamarija Batista & Iris Laner & Sven Anderson


Session 3: 15 July 2021

Work Places and their Future Stories

Invited guest: Iris Laner

The current COVID-19 pandemic and the wave of digitalisation have a significant impact on our working world. In this third part of the workshop, we will develop visions of tomorrow's workplaces by thinking their design alongside ‘future’ notions of productivity and collaboration. What will the ‘future’ workplace look like? Where will people work and for how long? What forms of communication formats will be used? How will we work together and how will we present our ‘results’?



10:00 – 11:00 Introduction & Input by Anamarija Batista & Iris Laner

11:00 – 12:00 Working in groups – How do we imagine the workplace after COVID-19?

12:00-12:30 Break

12:30:13:30 Group presentations of their ‘Imaginaries’

13:30-14:00 Final discussion



Anamarija Batista

Anamarija Batista is a researcher, lecturer and freelance curator. Batista graduated from economy and art history at the University in Vienna. She has taught at the Vienna University of Economics and Business, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, the University of Applied Arts Vienna and Vienna University of Technology. She has curated a series of exhibitions including Productive Work – what is it supposed to be? (frei_raum, MuseumsQuartier), Bosch & Hofbauer (The Paintings Gallery of the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, 2018),The Munchhausen-Effect. On Time in Times of Having No Time  (Galerie 5020, 2017), Crisis as Ideology? (Kunstraum Niederösterreich, 2016). Her publication Rethinking Density: Art, Culture and Urban Practices was released by Sternberg Press as part of the publication series of the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna in 2017. Since May 2018 she has been working on the project Collective Utopias of Post-War Modernism: The Adriatic Coast as a Leisure and Defence Paradise together with Antonia Dika supported by FWF (Austrian Science Fund).

Iris Laner

Iris Laner studied philosophy, fine arts and art education in Vienna. She completed her dissertation on ‘The Temporality of Images‘ at the University of Basel in 2012. Following research and teaching fellowships in Switzerland, Belgium, Germany and Austria, she is currently working as a professor of art education at the University of Music and Dramatic Arts Mozarteum Salzburg. Her research focuses on processes of aesthetic learning, the notion of critique and the relatedness of body and mind.


Sven Anderson

Sven Anderson is an artist, researcher and architectural consultant based in Dublin. His practice operates through artistic intervention, participatory actions, collaborative research and interactive design. Anderson develops projects in which different voices and perspectives surface together, prioritising shared authorship and collaborations that converge on systems articulated in public space. He is a researcher at the Graduate School of Creative Arts and Media at TU Dublin, and convenes the course Vibrant Forms: Reconsidering the Built Environment Through Sound at NCAD. He is a member of Annex, an interdisciplinary design collective that is curating Ireland’s pavilion for the 17th International Architecture Biennale at Venice (2021). Selected projects and exhibitions include A Visibility Matrix (2019), Field Recording (2018), The Office for Common Sound (2016), Continuous Drift (2015) and The Manual for Acoustic Planning and Urban Sound Design (2013). Anderson’s proposal for the UK Holocaust Memorial International Design Competition (2018) developed in collaboration with Heneghan Peng Architects was awarded honourable mention