The theme of our symposium 2024 not only reflects the fact that the symposium will relocate from northern to southern Burgenland and will take place at the Künstlerdorf (“Artists’ Village”) in Neumarkt an der Raab.

Rather, it is also intended as an exploration of current issues and problems, which have traditionally provided the basis for our symposia. In light of developments such as those we are experiencing today, we feel that the term “retreat”, defined as an active and conscious act of pausing and reflecting for the purpose of reorientation, represents a perspective to be taken seriously.In a societal context, the term can be understood, for example, as lived scepticism towards profit-focused thinking and its promises of salvation through profit maximisation, or as a change of perspective in order to create distance from the daily flood of information and fake news we are exposed to

In order to challenge our tendency towards blind faith in progress, to critically examine what goals are beneficial and desirable for both humans and the environment, it is necessary to take a step back every now and again. To retreat. To be quiet and slow down.

It is in this spirit that our symposium 2024 will take place in Neumarkt, where the participating artists will attempt to approach the problems described above via their own individual artistic expression.In addition to the previously dominant artistic fields of painting, graphics, photography and video, there will also be an opportunity to work with various printing techniques (etching, relief printing and lithography) in professionally equipped workshops.The results of the symposium will subsequently be documented, together with any contributions from participating writers, in our “Cahier d’art”.

The symposium begins on the day of arrival on September 12th. 2024 and ends with the departure date on September 22nd, 2024.

Künstlerdorf in Neumarkt an der Raab, Hauptstraße 43, 8380 Neumarkt/Raab


OPEN WINDOWS Encounter and dialogue with the artists
Sunday, September 15, 2024, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m

Saturday, September 21, 2024, 7 p.m

Friday, September 27th to Sunday, September 29th 2024,
daily 2 p.m. to 6 p.m

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