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The program led to a very beautiful and necessary development in my perception of what art can actually be, and how much it can possibly change the lives of others.

Countries of origin: Germany and Austria

In which Residency Program did you participate? 
City as Site: Public Art as Social Intervention, 2015

What led you to participate in the Summer Residency Program?
Public space is my favourite genre to work in. Apart from elites, you reach the everyday life of people in their actual environment. This is where you have the oportunity to get an immediate and real feedback. I have been working like this in different parts of Europe. For me, being an artist with a ceramic background in education, it is really interesting. I love to combine handcraft with conceptual modern art. I abandoned accurately manufactured ceramic pieces in the streets or in nature as public installations. I project on ceramic surfaces, but I did also mapping projections in the windows of abandoned houses. Basically, it was the thrilling oportunity to be able to perform like this in the streets of a city like New York and get to know people from all over the world who are interested in the same area as I am, collaborate with them and learn from them.

What was the best part of your experience at SVA?
The best part would definitely be the fact how productive and challenging such a short period of time can become if it is packed with the most interesting input, which you absorb like a sponge and then - all of a sudden - you are the one who is supposed to be performing out there. And all of the former input can be directly transformed into information for your own production, your own artistic project. Very intense and challenging. But, this was when I realized how much I personally earned from this program.

How did the Residency Program contribute to your development as a professional artist?
I used to work in public space before and also dealt with social issues, but always in the sense of producing my own artwork out there. After City as Site, I started to think more in the way of "socially engaged art" and started giving artistic workshops in a refugee home of an Austrian NGO. The result would not be another artistic work of mine, but to help others express themselves. City as Site led to this very beautiful and necessary development in my perception of what my art can actually be, and how much it can possibly change in the lives of others.

What's going on in your studio now?
The Art Collection of Upper Austria has sent me to Cesky Krumlov in the Czech Republic, where I will be using a huge studio in the Egon Schiele Art Centre throughout the entire month. I am working in a combination of materials, projecting film on porcelaine. My footage for the film will be collected in the streets of Cesky Krumlov. The City will be my Site again....watching, listening, touching, exploring, learning, adding, taking......creating.

Is there anything else you'd like to share about your experiences in the program or after?
If you have an interest in art as a personal matter, as a way to express yourself within society, if you ever felt you want to be able to reach people and create any change in lives of actual existing people, this program will help you to understand yourself and your own interests better than you ever did before.

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