The SFSIA is a traveling, nomadic academy that originated in Saas Fee, Switzerland in 2015 and moved to Berlin in 2016. It was founded by fine artist and theorist Warren Neidich, is co-directed by art critic and poet Barry Schwabsky, and coordinated by Lisa Bechtold.
It was conceived in 2014 as part of an ongoing effort to engage contemporary artists in political, socio-economic, philosophical and historical discourses concerning the power of art. Importantly it realizes that art plays both a generative and emancipatory role in producing theory while at the same time being aware of Neoliberal capitalism’s recuperative prowess.
(The Saas-Fee Summer Institute of Art was initiated in the summer of 2015 in Saas-Fee Switzerland with a program entitled Art and the Politics of Estrangement. Although not formally associated with the European Graduate School we did collaborate with them for an evening lecture program. We are no longer associated with the European Graduate School in any capacity and have moved our program to Berlin, Germany. We kept our name in reference to the location of the school’s origin.)