Vietnam cities host Open Academy 2011

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The "Open Academy" art collaboration experience will follow up its success in 2010 with similar shows in Hue and Ho Chi Minh City next month.

This year, the event will feature artists from the UK, Austria, and Germany.

Installation artist Paul Schwer from Germany, photographer and graphic designer Barnaby Steel (UK) and Austrian video art expert Thomas Feuerstein (Austria) will work with local teachers and hold workshops, lectures and performances for the benefit of local students and art lovers.

In Hue the event will be held Nov 14-18 at the Hue University of Fine Arts, whereas the workshop and other performances in Ho Chi Minh City will be held at the city University of Fine Arts on Nov 21-26.

The Goethe Institute, the British Council and the Austrian Embassy, organizers of the event, said it seeks to strengthen dialog between the European and the Vietnamese art scenes as well as to enrich the education, especially of younger artists, through innovative impulses.

The results of the collaboration will be presented in an exhibition at the end of the workshops in each Academy of Fine Arts, according to a press release from the Goethe Institute this week.

Living and working in Düsseldorf, Paul Schwer, born in 1951, started his artistic career at the Academy of Fine Arts Düsseldorf. His art, which has received national and international awards, deals with the "spatialization of painting" by using various materials, frequently transparent acrylic or glass, but also objects made of wood or metal, which are stained, painted and arranged in space.

Paul Schwer will complete each week of workshops in Hue and HCMC with a "blast" performance using colored glass shards.

The UK's Barnaby Steel, 33, is a media artist working in London. He joined the media art collective D-Fuse in 2004. With D-Fuse, Steel, winner of numerous awards, became internationally known for his exceptional photography and graphic exhibitions.

His project "Undercurrent", for example, investigated urban space and its relation to social changes.

Thomas Feuerstein, born in 1968, teaches media art at the Academies of Fine Arts in Bern (Switzerland) and Innsbruck (Austria). As an artist and author in media art and fine art, Feuerstein includes almost all disciplines in his work, with a focus on what he calls "conceptual narration" in collaboration with visual and linguistic elements.

Feuerstein will conduct his workshop together with Wolfgang Rebernik, an Austrian film producer who has lived and worked in Hanoi since 2008.

The above information about the artists was contained in the press release.

The Hue University of Fine Arts is located on 10 To Ngoc Van Str., Hue; and the HCMC University of Fine Arts at 5 Phan Dang Luu Street, Binh Thanh District.

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