When Akademie Schloss Solitude chose TRANSFORMATION as its central anniversary theme, the full extent of its explosive poignancy and topicality was still unknown. The situation currently faced by society is part of an all-encompassing transformation. Artists-in-residence programs, in particular, can play an important role during these challenging times, fulfilling as they do a prototype function within society. They reinvent social reality time and again - even in times when interpersonal contact is restricted. In every crisis lies the opportunity for change and thus the basis for transformation.
Some of the events planned for the anniversary year sadly had to be cancelled, some are being postponed, while still others are being reworked and may take place digitally.
The dialog on artistic work and many other currently relevant topics has taken on a new dimension for Akademie Schloss Solitude fellows in the anniversary year within the context of the transformation theme. Many of them were due to arrive in April 2020 and had to stay in their home countries until further notice due to strict travel restrictions. Some were able to postpone the fellowship to a later date, while others will now receive the award in absentia and – as far as possible from a physical distance – will be included within the network and dialog among the fellows.
»Even as we practice physical distance, we try to connect socially more than ever before, because only together and in a reciprocal exchange can we handle this complex situation and strengthen each other. Empathy, solidarity and radical respect are required of us more than ever.« Elke aus dem Moore, Director, Akademie Schloss Solitude
Since mid-March, internal presentations in the form of video conferences have been held at the Akademie every Tuesday, in which even absent fellows can participate and present their work.
Akademie Schloss Solitude introduced digital formats for residency work at a very early stage. The online forum SCHLOSSPOST, founded in 2016, is currently of particular importance, as it provides insights into the artistic work of current and former fellows, and features studio visits, interviews and other articles.
The exclusively virtual WEB RESIDENCIES, which have been organized in cooperation with the ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe since 2017, have meanwhile become »best practice« for the work of online international artist residences.
Since March 18, selected videos and streams of readings, performances and lectures by the fellows have been made available to the public for a week at a time as part of the SCHLOSSPOST CINEMA.
We will launch the new Akademie Schloss Solitude website in late June 2020, which will permit many more digital formats in the future.
We would also like to inform you of the postponement of the anniversary celebration, which was scheduled to take place on July 4, 2020. We will announce the new date as soon as possible.
The series of talks and workshops entitled »Transformation – Unfolding the Future« will take place largely in the fall and winter, and these dates will also be communicated in good time.
As things stand, the first jointly curated Festival of the Arts, »THE IRRITATED CITY«, will be taking place across Stuttgart and its environs from July 20 to 26 in cooperation with TANZPAKT Stuttgart, the association Musik der Jahrhunderte, Produktionszentrum Tanz und Performance, Theater Rampe and the Cultural Office of the State Capital of Stuttgart. TANZPAKT Stuttgart is funded by the TANZPAKT Stadt-Land-Bund with the support of the German Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media and by the State Capital of Stuttgart.
All other activities, dates and online offers are updated regularly.
ART SHAPES AND CHANGES THE WORLD
ART LOOKS TO THE FUTURE
ART HELPS US TO REALIGN OURSELVES
ART IS A KEY TRANSFORMATION RESOURCE
ART IS ESSENTIAL TO SOCIETY