Art in Public Space | Street Art |
Urban Art

We have set the date for the international Spring Academy of the BERLIN ART INSTITUTE (April 24 – 28, 2017) so that it connects with one of the most important art events in Berlin, the Gallery Weekend Berlin (April 28 – 30, 2017).

The program of the Spring Academy is developed in cooperation with artists and theorists. This year it is about Art in Public Space | Street Art | Urban Art.

In addition to the lectures and time for exchange at the BAI, there will be a visit to realized works in public space and a tour to selected galleries and project spaces at the opening of the Gallery Weekend.

  • FALSE ADVERTISEMENT by Schuyler Hazard
  • THREE NUTS FOR CINDERELLA by Nataliya Scheib
  • PEEKABOO – I SEE YOU by Nataliya Scheib
  • READ ThinK LOVE by Abdelhak Yahiaoui
  • ¿giwT by Tara Bewley
  • Fuck Off Berlin by Holly Baker
  • CONNECTIONS von Istabraq 'Kinda' Hussain
  • Advertising Column (1989-2001) by Schuyler Hazard


With this year’s Spring Academy, the BERLIN ART INSTITUTE addresses art’s spheres of activity in public space. We seek to take up this discourse in a time in which art in public space, urban studies/urban design, community studies, and institutional studies are being taught at universities.

For the opening lecture, we were able to win Denis Leo Hegic, cultural manager of the upcoming URBAN NATION Museum for Urban Contemporary Art. Constant cross-walk between disciplines and professional activities enabled Hegic to connect worlds of architecture, art & sustainable city planning. While Norbert Radermacher has already been known since the 1980s and 90s as a pioneer of art in public space, especially through his urban interventions “Stücke für Städte” (Pieces for Cities), artists such as Philip Horst are critically engaged individually or in collectives, as curators, researchers and activists in the frame of situation-specific formats, with art and the public sphere. The Berlin-based urban art duo Various&Gould addresses socially relevant issues such as labor, migration, gender, death, globalization, or religion in their works in public space, which are influenced by (political) poster graphics, Dada and Pop Art. Street Art, which is omnipresent in Berlin’s urban space in all its diversity and can be motivated for aesthetic, political or satirical reasons, is a continuous urban practice and part of the discourse.

If you would like to immerse with us in Berlin’s production site of contemporary art and visit the Gallery Weekend accompanied by discussions, please register. The number of participants is limited. All lectures are conducted in English.

Monday, April 24, 2017
2 PM: Reception at the BAI
3 – 6 PM: “Art In Public Space | Street Art | Urban Art”
Introduction to the topic by Denis Leo Hegic, cultural manager of URBAN NATION 

Tuesday, April 25, 2017
11 AM – 1 PM: Lecture PIECES FOR CITIES by Prof. Norbert Radermacher, artist
1  – 2 PM: Lunch break
2  – 3 PM: Time for artistic exchange

Wednesday, April 26, 2017
11 AM – 1 PM: Lecture SITUATIONS OF ENCOUNTER by Philip Horst, artist & co-founder ZK/U – Center for Art and Urbanistics 1  – 2 PM: Lunch break
2  – 3 PM: Time for artistic exchange

Thursday, April 27, 2017
11 AM – 1 PM: Lecture CITY SKINS – LAYER BY LAYER by VARIOUS & GOULD, artist duo 
1  – 2 PM: Lunch break
2  – 3 PM: Time for artistic exchange

Friday, April 28, 2017
2 PM: Participatory Memory: Assist VARIOUS & GOULD realizing their project “City Skins – Marx and Engels”.
6 PM: Visit to selected galleries and project spaces at the opening of the Gallery Weekend Berlin

The participation fee is 320 € per person (without studio workplace and accommodation). As a participant of the BAI Studio Program in block 05 or the BAI Friends Program the spring academy is free of charge.

The fee is VAT-exempt by the Senate Administration for Education, Youth and Science pursuant to Paragraph 4 No. (21) (a)(bb) UStG (German Value Added Tax Act).


April 24 – 28, 2017 | International Spring Academy