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Poster ILEA Talk_1

Under the Title of the Biennal and as part of the Alps Art Academy and there will be a multi-day symposium from Friday evening, August 26 to Sunday noon, August 28, 2022.

Friday August 26.: 20.15  – 21.30
Saturday August 27.: 14 – 19.30
Sunday August 28.: 08.15 – 14.00

Streaming via YouTube

Detailed Program PDF

Ursula Biemann / T.J. Demos / Fernando Garcia-Dory
Ravi Agarwal / Annemarie Bucher / Damian Christinger / Anne-Laure Franchette / Johannes M. Hedinger / Hanna Hölling / Cathérine Hug / Marcus Maeder / Martin Ott / Dharmendra Prasad / Shazeb Shaik

The symposium will take place in a hybrid form – partly with locally present speakers, partly online. The event is open to the public and aimed at a broad audience. A link to the live stream will be provided in August and will be accessible to all interested parties.  Live Stream on YouTube.

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Info Map Art Safiental

Overview map of all works and locations of the Art Safiental Biennale 2022. Digital HERE and as printed version from 2.7.22 in all village stores, restaurants, hotels and tourist points in the Safiental. Map in partnership with Transhelvetica.



Opening program



Art Summer 2022

Lara Almarcegui (ES/NL) Badel/Sarbach (CH) Ursula Biemann (CH)
Julius von Bismarck (DE) Buchli/Isenschmid (CH) Com&Com (CH)
Saskia Edens (CH) Lithic Alliance (CH/BE) Marcus Maeder (CH)
!Mediengruppe Bitnik (CH/DE) Dharmendra Prasad (IN) Simon/Odermatt (CH)
Sound Kite Ensemble (CH) Gerda Steiner & Jörg Lenzlinger (CH)
Ben Vautier (FR/CH) – Kurator: Johannes M. Hedinger

Sa/So 2./3. Juli 2022, Besichtigungen und Performances an
verschiedenen Standorten. Details hier
Sa 2. Juli 11 Uhr Ansprache und Apéro, Berghotel Alpenblick, Tenna

So, 24. Juli / 14. Aug / 18. Sep / 9. Okt 2022
Jeweils ganztägige Führung, Info und Anmeldung hier

Sound Kite Ensemble: 2., 3., und 31. Juli, 3. Sept 2022, Details hier
507 Nanometer «Beneath Blind», 28. Aug 2022, altes Acla-Tunnel
Finissage: Sa / So, 22. / 23. Okt 2022, Details ab Okt auf Website

Klimapavillon Safiental «Gää&Nää» in Valendas
Briefkunst von Kindern mit DIE POST in Tenna
Kinderzeichnungen der Gesamtschule Tenna in Versam
Kunst Garage Versam

25. Aug – 3. Sep 2022, Sommerakademie für Land and Environmental
Art, Berghotel Alpenblick, Tenna.

Bis 23. Okt 2022, Berghotel Alpenblick, Tenna
«ACLA: Texturen», Forschungsprojekt von Marcus Maeder
«Safientaler Gespräche», Hörstation Oral History-Projekt
«Art Safiental Gallery», Fotos von allen Werken 2016–2022

27. / 28. Aug 2022, Symposium für Land and Environmental Art,
Tenna und online. Detailprogramm ab Aug auf der Webseite


Teaser Biennale 2022

ART SAFIENTAL – Biennale for Land and Environmental Art
Safiental – Switzerland (7/2 – 10/23, 2022)

works by
Lara Almarcegui (ES), Badel/Sarbach (CH), Ursula Biemann (CH), Julius von Bismarck (DE), Buchli/Isenschmid (CH), Com&Com (CH), Saskia Edens (CH), Lithic Alliance (CH/BE), Marcus Maeder (CH), !Mediengruppe Bitnik (CH/DE), Dharmendra Prasad (IN), Simon/Odermatt (CH), Sound Kite Ensemble (CH), Steiner/Lenzlinger (CH), Ben Vautier (FR/CH)

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Mail Art competition

A cooperation between Art Safiental and Swiss Post, based on an idea by H.R. Fricker. We are looking for letter envelopes artistically designed by children that reflect the theme “Learning from the Earth” in an impressive and surprising way. The works will be on display in the valley’s restaurants throughout the exhibition period of the Biennale. The deadline for entries is June 3, 2022.
> Competition task / Conditions of participation / Prizes


Call extended

Only a few places left: Apply until May 29 and join us at the international summer school for land and environmental art in the Swiss Alps!
Topic 2022: „Learning from the Earth“.
The 4th international Alps Art Academy will take place between Aug 25–Sept 3, 2022, in Safiental (Grisons, Switzerland). The summer school focuses on contemporary approaches to Land and Environmental Art by bringing them into a relationship with the Alpine landscape.
We encourage proposal submissions from artists working with landscape and the environment across genres and media, as well as from theoreticians, facilitators and curators engaged in research on the topic of Land Art. We welcome applications accompanied by a concrete concept that can be realized during the period of the summer school.
Gathering circa twenty participants over a period of ten days, the Academy offers a rich program of workshops, seminars, field trips, artist talks and presentations, as well as a thematic symposium. Participants have the opportunity to explore what does it mean to create in, and interact with, the Alpine landscape and apply their experience in their work.
Workshops: NatureCulture / Local Context / Eating Earth / Earth on Air / Theorizing Ecology
The requirements, selection criteria, procedure, forms, FAQ and terms and conditions can be found here


Call Academy

The call for applications for the 4th Alps Art Academy on the theme “Learning from the Earth” has just been published here and on Art & Education.
Please apply by May 29 at the latest. The requirements, selection criteria, procedure, forms, FAQ and terms and conditions can be found here. – We are looking forward to your applications – see you soon in the Swiss Alps!

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ILEA Workshop

Impressions from the ILEA Kick Off-Workshop on 4/5.3.22 in Tenna. Think Tank and workshops for a new competence and research centre for creative economy in Safiental. Organized by the future Institute for Land and Environmental Art. Workshops run by Dezentrum, hosted by Alpenblick Tenna and Gemeinde Safiental. Supported by NRP Berggebietsprogramm, Coaching by Seecon (Pics by: Benedikt Joos, Dominik Landwehr, Andrea Studer, Lena Witschi, Johannes Hedinger)


Mountains of Art

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We have just received a copy of “MOUNTAINTS OF ART” (Berge von Kunst), the new book by Ute Watzl, who has earlier reported on Art Safiental in 2020 (here). The beautifully designed, over 200 p. heavy book portrays 2o art locations in the Swiss, Austrian, German and Italian Alps. Our Biennale has the honor of opening the volume with a total of 12 pages and 15 illustrations, including the back cover. Published by AS Verlag, > more info and order




Acla Video Doc

Documentary on the ongoing ecoacoustic research and art project by Marcus Maeder for ILEA and Art Safiental Biennale 2022. Currently on show at Berghotel Alpenblick in Tenna/Safiental, Switzerland. Commissioned by the Institute for Land and Environmental Art, supported by Naturpark Beverin, Gemeinde Safiental and Amt für Natur und Umwelt GR.
Documentation by Pascal Derungs, Jean Claude Plattner (c) by plattnerfilms.


ACLA: Textures

The latest exhibition in the ILEA Gallery at the Berghotel Alpenblick in Tenna provides insight into the ongoing research project ACLA by Marcus Maeder as well as a preview of the upcoming Art Safiental Biennale “Learning from the earth” in the summer of 2022, in which this sound research can be actively experienced.
Opening: Dec 30, 5pm / Talk/Listening: Dec 31 3pm / on view until: March 27 2022
Presstext/Saalblatt /about the artist: Marcus Maeder




1: Klangtexturen 1, 2021  (Marcus Maeder)
2: Messstation ACLA 1, 2021  (Marcus Maeder)
3: Motiv/Variation 1, 2021 (Marcus Maeder)


Mass movements

It is with great pleasure that we announce the new publication “Massenbewegungen / mass movements” edited by by me and ILEA Institute and published at Vexer Verlag. The most comprehensive monograph to date on the work of Swiss artist Patrick Rohner offers an overview of the entire oeuvre of the last 20 years and is published in conjunction with the solo exhibition “Steine zeichnen” (Drawing Stones), which runs until the end of October at the Institute for Land and Environmental Art in the Berghotel Alpenblick in Tenna, Safiental. 
D/E, 340 p., 1800 ill., design: TGG St.Gallen. ISBN 978-3-907112-46-5
with 14 texts (Konrad Bitterli, Katja Blomberg, David N. Bresch, Annette Gigon, Johannes M. Hedinger, Invar-Torre Hollaus, Peter Hubacher, Patrick Rohner, Hans-Jakob Schindler, Yael Schindler Wildhaber, Ruben Alexander Schuster, Cornelia Schwierz, Lucie Tuma, Helmut Weissert, Roland Wäspe)
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book presentation + author talk

The Institute for Land and Environmental Art and the artist Patrick Rohner invite you to the book vernissage and author talk. The publication “Mass Movements”, published by the ILEA, gathers all the important groups of works of the last 20 years and shows for the first time the entire range of media in which the artist expresses himself. – DE/EN, 340 pages, Vexer Publisher, ISBN: 978-3-907112-46-5

Saturday, September 25, 2021, 1:30 p.m., Berghotel Alpenblick, Tenna

13.30 h Book presentation with aperitif
14.00 – 15.00 Author talk with Patrick Rohner, David N. Bresch and Johannes M. Hedinger
15.00 Guided tour with the artist Patrick Rohner through the exhibition at Berghotel Alpenblick

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Preview Aclatobel

Preview of the Art Summer 2022: in July the eco-acoustic long-term observation of the Aclatobel in the Safiental was started. An artistic research work by Marcus Maeder, which will also be part of the Art Safiental Biennale 2022 (theme: “Learning from the Earth”).


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Podcast – 2. season

6 more valley conversations have been added to our podcast. The ILEA podcast is a collection of short audio interviews with actors of the Institute for Land and Environmental Art and residents of the Safiental.
Currently, over 30 conversations are available on Soundcloud. They were all conducted by Dominik Landwehr.



ILEA Podcast

ILEA-Podcast is a collection of short Audio-Interviews with artists from the 2020 Art Safiental Biennal, participants of the 2020 Alps Art Academy, members of the Institute for Land and Environmental Art and inhabitants of Tenna/Safiental.
Currently 25 conversations (all conducted by Dominik Landwehr) are available on Soundcloud. More interviews with artists of the Biennale 2020 and inhabitants of Safiental are in planing. All conversations will be migrated to the ILEA Institute-Website which is currently under constructions.

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ILEA exhibition: Patrick Rohner

Seit Sommer 2020 finden im ILEA Institute for Land and Environmental Art im Berghotel Alpenblick Tenna regelmässig auch indoor Ausstellungen statt. Aktuell ist es die Ausstellung “STEINE ZEICHNEN” von Patrick Rohner. Es ist eine Fortsetzung seiner Biennale Arbeit von 2020. Damals entstanden im schwerzugänglichen Carnusatobel bei Safien-Platz zwölf «Steinzeichnungen», die nun erstmalig zu sehen sind. Zu Beginn des Sommers 2020 wurden grosse, weisse Büttenpapiere in die Schluchtlandschaft ausgelegt, mit je einem grossen Stein beschwert und knapp fünf Monate der Witterung ausgesetzt. Im November 2020 wurden dann die Blätter gehoben und die Prozessarbeit beendet. Deutlich zeichnen sich die Silhouetten der Steine ab, hervorgerufen von eingeschwemmten Sedimenten der darüber liegenden Steine, teils vermischt mit Material des umliegenden Wald-, Fels- und Flussbodens. Der Künstler setzte einen Rahmen, die Natur führte den Pinsel. Ein «Natural Ready Made».


Die Resultate sind bis zum 24. Oktober 2021 im Berghotel Alpenblick zu sehen, zusammen mit zwei weiteren Werkblöcken: den «Begehungen» und «Wasserzeichnungen».

«Begehungen» sind mehrstündige Wanderungen im Safiental, während denen der Künstler tausende von Fotos von der Landschaft und den Topographien macht. Abzüge dieser Bilder fügt er dann anschliessend zu einem grossen quiltartigen Teppich zusammen. In einem jüngsten Schritt übernimmt neu nun eine Drohne dieses visuelle Abtasten. Der dritte Komplex, die «Wasserzeichnungen» entstehen regelmässig im Atelier des Künstlers, parallel zu Rohners ebenfalls meist über Jahre prozessual entstehenden Ölgemälden. Über mehrere Monate werden horizontal ausgelegte Papiere mit farbigem Wasser begossen und eingetrocknet. Dies führt zu zufälligen Strukturen und letztendlich imaginären Landschafen.


Mittels Videos, Materialvitrine, Handbibliothek, Schaubildern und Saaltexten werden die verschiedenen Zyklen und Arbeitsschritte dem Publikum näher gebracht.

Komplette Werkliste + Foto-Rundgang > PDF
Kuratiert von Johannes M. Hedinger

Im Sommer erscheint die Monographie «Patrick Rohner: Massenbewegung» im Vexer Verlag St.Gallen/Berlin. Die die entsprechende Buchvernissage wird noch gesondert kommuniziert.
Informationen zu Patrick Rohner:

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