An educational program of Studio IN, Department of Intermedia, Academy of Fine arts and design, Bratislava, Slovakia

The Atelier IN at the Department of Intermedia focuses on the overlaps of different media and emphasizes creative approaches while specifically focusing on socially engaged politically sensitive conceptual art practices. An essential feature of the studio is its openness to a wide range of media and experiments in the field of contemporary art.

Since 2011, the educational program OPEN STUDIO has been part of the study at Atelier IN. Every month throughout the academic year the program brings established and renowned artists and theorists as short-term tutors for the students of the studio, and also for other students of the Department of Intermedia and the Academy.

The Open Studio has become a platform for practical and theoretical considerations reflecting on the historical, social and intellectual assumptions of visual art production. 

The word “open” in the title suggests openness to new stimuli, opinions, reflections, criticism, communication and ultimately the formation of openness, which is achieved through inviting significant figures of the international art-scene into the studio and academic environment.

Goals of the OPEN STUDIO

  • introduce a new quality of teaching for students in the field of theory: close readings and discussions on new topics in contemporary art;
  • the curators bring experience from the international art-scene and enable the students to get to know their way of thinking,
  • enable meeting and working together with those on “the other side”, the artists,
  • present renowned figures from the international art-scene with the aim to get an insight into their practices and their opinions on the works of the students,
  • participate in workshops and inspiration,
  • impulses for a critical reflection on contemporary art,
  • promote international contacts for the scene IN and OUT,
  • bring together students with established artists and theoreticians,
  • broaden the horizon in the field of contemporary art,
  • encourage young artists to develop their own and unique professional practices,
  • open to the international art scene,
  • assuredness and greater professionalism in student’s self-presentation,
  • opportunity of reflection and criticism in open discussion with professionals  

 

OPEN STUDIO features different forms of teaching

    •     One-to-one consultations
    •     Workshops
    •     Series of lectures and seminars

In cooperation with the Slovak National Gallery, all our guests are invited also to give a public lecture. This is our so called "out of the school and into the city" educational event, open to the public every month during the academic year.

Ilona Németh

Prof. Ilona Németh, DLA is an artist, organizer and curator based in Slovakia and Hungary. She works as a professor at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava. Since 2004, she has been leading the Atelier IN. Since 2011, she has been implementing the international education program Open Studio at the Department of Intermedia.

In 1986, she graduated from the Hungarian University of Arts and Design, Department of Typography and Typographic Art, in Budapest. In 2006, she defended her doctoral thesis at the Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts in Budapest. In 2008, she was a Fulbright Scholar at the New York University, New York. Her recent scholarships include the Hungarian Academy in Rome (2010); AIR - Artist in Residence Program, Niederösterreich, Krems (2012); The Bogliasco Foundation, Italy (2016).

While in the 1990s her artwork concentrated mostly on bodily politics, installations and visual pregnancy, since the early 2000’s she has turned her attention towards public art and socially engaged art. The questions of identity, the relationship between private history, politics and ideology, issues of public space and a contextual approach, have been the main characteristics of her oeuvre to this day.

In 2001, Ilona Németh exhibited her Invitation for a Visit in the Pavilion of the Czech and Slovak Republic at the Venice Biennial (with Jiří Surůvka). Later she participated in several editions of the Prague Biennale (2005, 2007, 2011). Since 1990, she has participated in a number of international exhibitions including the Gender Check – Femininity and Masculinity in the Art of Eastern Europe, MUMOK, Vienna (2009); Formate der Transformation 89-09, MUSA-Museum auf Abruf, Vienna; Art on Lake, The Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest (2011); Blood, Slovak National Gallery, Bratislava (2012); The Hero, the Heroine and the Author, Ludwig Museum – Museum of Contemporary Art, Budapest (2012), Good Girls. Memory, Desire, Power, Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest (2013); Private Nationalism exhibition series, Divus Gallery Prague, Kunsthalle Košice, Ostrale Dresden, Open Gallery Bratislava, Budapest Gallery, Budapest, (2014 -2016); Paradox 90, Kunsthalle, Bratislava (2014); Inside Out, Mestna galleria, Ljubljana (2015); The Travellers (with Jonathan Ravasz), Zachęta – National Gallery of Art, Warsaw etc.

Solo exhibitions (selection): Dilemma, Ernst Museum, Budapest (2011); Non-Identical Space, Eastern Slovakian Gallery, Košice (2012); Identity of the Space, The Brno Haus of Arts, Brno (2012); The Harpoon Project. Site specific for New Bedford, The University Art Gallery, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, New Bedford (2013); Revised Version, Tranzit Gallery, Bratislava (2014); Statement, Óbudai Társaskör, Budapest (2015); Ilona Németh, Gandy Gallery, Bratislava (2015), Then . . .Artwall Gallery, Prague, 17 567 2 850 5, SODA Gallery; "Pack Up Everything...", Knoll Gallery, Budapest and Vienna (2017).
www.ilonanemeth.sk

 

Daniel Dida

Mgr. art. Daniel Dida is an artist and currently the owner and coordinator of EDUCAFE. He is a graduate from the Atelier IN. In his artwork, he focuses on public space interventions and performances. He is a co-founder of Outdoorgallery and CELL Project of Contemporary Culture in Nitra, Slovakia. He was curator to a number of exhibition projects, e.g. What is Art Good For (2015), Theatre Festival Nitra and SPACE Gallery (2013). From 2013, he has been the coordinator of the Open Studio educational program in Atelier IN and the coordinator of the Office for Contemporary Art at the Pohoda Festival in Trenčín, Slovakia.

András Cséfalvay

Mgr. art. András Cséfalvay, ArtD. is an artist, a graduate from the painting studio of prof. Daniel Fischer at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava. In 2015, after a year of studying mathematics, he completed his doctoral studies at the Department of Intermedia in the field of usefulness of fictional worlds under the tutorship of Associate Professor Anna Daučíková. He focuses on video-art and computer animation. Since 2015, he has been assistant professor at the Atelier IN and coordinator of the Open Studio and Office of Contemporary Art program as part of the Festival Pohoda in Trenčín. In 2009, he received the Oskár Čepan Award. Since 2007, he has been exhibiting in Slovakia as well as abroad.

Group exhibitions (selection): Possibility of Preserving (organised by APART), Kunsthalle Bratislava (2017); Universal Hospitality, Alte-Post, Vienna (2016); Imagined Communities, Personal Imagination, Budapest Gallery, Budapest (2015); Past-Present-Past, Karlín Studios, Prague; Private Nationalism, Ostrale, Dresden (2014); Discovery of Slowness II, Tranzit, Bratislava (2012); 5th Biennale in Prague, Slovak Section, Prague; Second-hand, IMO Projects Gallery, Copenhagen (2011); Open Studios at ISCP, New York (2009).

Solo exhibitions (selection): New Horizons, Kabinet T, Zlín, CZ; Light of the World, Berlin Model, Prague (2016); On the Stage (in cooperation with I. Németh and Z. Žabková), The Gallery Apart, Rome; On Peripheral Orbit (in cooperation with Kassa Boys), Chimera Project, Budapest (2014); Astronomi, Galéria SODA, Bratislava (2011); Answered Prayers, Galéria Médium, Bratislava (2010); In Search of North, Galéria Václava Špálu, Prague (2009)
www.andrascsefalvay.com

Dorota Kenderová (2010-2015)

Mgr. art. Dorota Kenderová, ArtD. is an artist, co-founder and curator of the Gallery Hit. In 2007, she completed her study in Atelier IN and in 2012 she obtained her Ph.D. degree at the Department of Intermedia and Multimedia of the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava. From 2010 to 2015, she held the position of an assistant professor in the studio of Ilona Németh and took part in organizing and implementing the Open Studio program. In 2003, she founded, together with Lucia Tkáčová and Martin Piaček, the Gallery Hit, which she has managed from 2007 to the present, together with artist Jaroslav Varga. Since 2015, she has been director of the Eastern Slovak Gallery in Košice. In her artwork, she applies a variety of creative approaches ranging between installation, performance and ephemeral interventions. She has exhibited at home as well as abroad.

Solo exhibitions:  Laziness (2017) (together with J. Varga), Tabačka Košice; The World is hOURS (2006), Plusminusnull Gallery Žilina, Vienna; On the recent events etc. (2012) Gallery Prague; Is there any objective reality? (2008), MQ, Vienna.

Group exhibitions (selection):  DELETE, the art of deleting (2012), Slovak National Gallery, Bratislava; Why do I keep reading the same book (2011) Amt Project Bratislava; Where do we go from here (2010), Secession, Vienna, Austria; Seeing New York. Bohemian National Hall, New York, USA.

 

Atelier IN

The Atelier IN at the Department of Intermedia focuses on the overlaps of different media and emphasizes creative approaches while specifically focusing on socially engaged politically sensitive conceptual art practices. An essential feature of the studio is its openness to a wide range of media and experiments in the field of contemporary art.

The aim of the studio is to disseminate knowledge about contemporary art with an emphasis on communication with the students in order to define or express their individual ideas and attitudes concerning their artistic development.

Atelier IN was founded by prof. Ilona Németh, DLA in 2004 together with assistant professor Lucia Tkáčová. Their cooperation lasted until 2010, when the position of the assistant professor was taken over by artist and curator Dorota Kenderová, ArtD and later by artist Peter Barányi, ArtD; András Cséfalvay, ArtD. became assistant professor in 2015.

To facilitate the teaching and learning process in the Studio IN at the Department of Intermedia, the studio´s program was supplemented by inviting guest teachers and the possibility to invite students from other departments as well. Since 2014, the character of the studio has gradually changed to a regular cycle of visiting guest teachers cooperating with Ilona Németh. The Atelier IN has become a platform for inter-departmental cooperation between researchers and teachers (Assoc. prof. Martin Piaček, Department of Sculpture, Object and Installation and Mgr. Daniel Grúň, PhD, Department of Theory and History of Art). Since 2017, the program of the studio has also included an exhibition laboratory IN/OUT operating in the new building of the Foundation Cvernovka C2 in Bratislava.

Since 2011, the educational program OPEN STUDIO has been part of the study at Atelier IN. Every month throughout the academic year the program brings established and renowned artists and theorists as short-term tutors for the students of the studio, and also for other students of the Department of Intermedia and the Academy.

 

Department of Intermedia

The Department of Intermedia was founded in 2009 at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava. It was co-founded by the Associate Professor Anna Daučíková, Professor Ilona Németh, DLA and Professor Anton Čierny.

The study programme of Intermedia is not only based on the interaction of multiple fine-art/visual media, but also on the relations between the worlds of art and various professional and societal areas of life. The program offers a wide range of opportunities, practices and tools enabling reflection on the surrounding reality, and room to respond to the current societal issues and themes or to comment on the fundamental questions of life. The main base for the development of creative thinking are studios, the leaders of which define the values, visual focus and priorities to guide the students and shape their artistic expression.

The studios working at the department:
Studio of Spatial Communications + - Head of Studio prof. Anton Čierny
Studio IN – Head of Studio prof. Ilona Németh, DLA
Studio of Image/Sound/Text and Context – Head of Studio Nora Ružičková, ArtD.

The main tool for a successful study is the individual selection of the environment (studio) by the student and individual consultations between the tutor and the student based upon mutual trust. The Intermedia Program, by offering relevant technical subjects, offers skills and knowledge that are necessary in the studio as well as improving the chances of the graduates in the labour market.

The Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava

The Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava was established in 1952. It is an educational facility providing education in the field of applied arts, free arts, restoration, architecture and it is also a centre of research of the theory of art. www.vsvu.sk