Artists in Residence

The Austrian Sculpture Park annually invites national and international artists or art students to join the debate around the concepts of sculpture and the park itself, developing new artworks for the collection.


Through mutual utilisation of the synergies created by this programme and the atelier programmes of the Land Steiermark, the artists benefit from residential studios, the profound library of the Institute for Art in Public Spaces and their curatorial expertise, which can be accessed in case of content related consensus. 




Art Class of Tobias Rehberger, Städelschule

"In Then Out"


Curated by: Elisabeth Fiedler
Co-Curator: Stefanie Baumann

In Then Out, Artist in Residence Programme 2014


In 2014, the students of the artist Tobias Rehberger at the Städelschule in Frankfurt were invited to run the residency and thus decided, that the whole class will participate.


In June, the students, accompanied and contextually guided by Rehberger, visited the Austrian Sculpture Park to analyse and dedicate themselves to the logistic and architectural challenges of erecting a residence for the programme within the park. While camping and experiencing the park from a dwellers’ perspective, they made themselves familiar with the necessities that a housing unit would need, and transformed them into a draft for a sculpture that ideally remains usable.

The Sculpture was built by the students themselves during their second stay with the help of local metalworkers, who prepared the metal frames for the construction according to the draft beforehand, assisted with the foundation and the wrapping of the walls.


The sculpture consists out of several elements, beginning with a static architecture. Tall metal frames in various sizes protrude out of the ground, forming a scaffold for the walls of the residence. The walls and the roof are formed out of stretch foil, which is tightly wrapped around the frames, allowing a variety of designs. Stretch foil is a material generally used for packing and securing pallets or crates for transportation and can be acquired in different colours and widths.

Under special consideration of the air flow for a pleasing climate inside the sculpture, the walls do not form a confined space. An interlaced system of walls forms the living and working space for the artists in residence, without shutting it off completely.


In future, a procedural and participatory approach develops and alters the sculpture continuously. Through the wrapping of the frames with stretch foil, the walls are individually shapeable and thus subjects to an on-going process beyond the residency 2014.



In Then Out, Version 2015, 1AMKUB class at Ortweinschule


The students of the masterclass for statuary at the Ortwein School of Art and Design, conducted by the renowned artist Markus Wilfling, developed the first redesign of the sculpture in 2015. Instead of using stretch foil, they decided to take a different approach. The various metal frames are being covered by one of the most primordial materials known through art history when it comes to sculpting: loam.

The industrial component of In Then Out, indication for conceptual and sculptural considerations, as well as the digitally generated and mathematical calculations, take a backseat in this new design. Through the manual and thus haptic reworking, the sculpture’s appearance resembles an archaic, prehistoric seeming architecture of a cult site.






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