About

Saas-Fee Summer Institute of Art (SFSIA) is a nomadic, intensive summer academy with shifting programs in contemporary critical theory that stresses an interdisciplinary approach to understanding the relationship between art and politics. The program consists of seminar-style lectures, deep readings, and experimental workshops. An evening lecture program is free and open to the public.

We encourage students, practitioners, and scholars from the fields of art (including video, painting, photography, sculpture and installation), design, architecture, critical writing, neuroscience, science and technology studies, critical theory, cultural studies, film and media studies, and beyond, whose practice could use an invigorating jolt of new theory to consider applying for the program.

SFSIA originated in Saas-Fee, Switzerland in 2015 and migrated to Berlin, Germany in 2016 where it is currently hosted by Spike. Additional programs have been hosted by Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles and Performance Space New York. In 2020, SFSIA is collaborating with sonsbeek20→24 on a program in Arnhem, The Netherlands.

The institute was founded by artist and theorist Warren Neidich and co-directed by art critic and poet Barry Schwabsky. Sarrita Hunn is the artistic coordinator.

For more information read Saas-Fee Summer Institute of Art: A Berlin Intensive at the Juncture of Theory, Praxis and Art written by Jennifer Teets for Art & Education.