The Institute for Land and Environmental Art (ILEA) is a center for competence and research in art, ecology and creative industries in the peripheral Alpine region that is currently being established. Since 2020 it is based at Berghotel Alpenblick in Tenna in the Safiental valley of Graubünden. The institute started with three focal points in art, education, and research. The place – its peripheral location and its largely natural landscape – are its core strengths of the project: creation, mediation, and research in and with the nature in a rural, alpine context. In addition to the ART SAFIENTAL Biennale and the ALPS ART ACADEMY Summer school, which have been held biennially since 2016, the program of ILEA transitioned into a year-round operation with the development of the third focus on research and the occupation of permanent rooms. Apart of the transdisciplinary research projects over several years (in cooperation with ETH, ZHdK), the institute hosts regularly temporary exhibitions and events. On the topic of art & ecology, ILEA organizes an international symposium (ILEA Talks) every two years, publishes two series of publications (Landscape, ILEA Books) and consults external partners (e.g. FIBL). Furthermore, a residency program for artists and researchers including a library and workshops are under construction. In the longer term, the ILEA is to be developed into a university institute for research and education as well as an innovative "creative hub" and "real laboratory" with a supra-regional and an international network. To this end, the IG ILEA has been founded to promote the development of the center of competence center. Currently, the sponsorship of ILEA lies with the Beverin Nature Park, in cooperation with the municipality of Safiental and Safiental Tourism. Since November 2021, the ILEA has been funded by the federal government and the canton within the framework of the NRP (New Regional Policy) Mountain Area Program.
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ACAL - Acoustic Ecology
Every two years, an international outdoor exhibition on the latest trends in Land and Environmental Art with a changing focus takes place in the Safiental GR. After New Land Art (2016), Horizontal - Vertical (2018) and Analog - Digital (2020), the theme for 2022 is: Learning from the Earth. Around 15 national and international artists will create temporary works related to the theme, installed in dialogue with the landscape and mostly in outdoor spaces. They are distributed throughout the entire Safiental (25km in length, 150km2 in area) and can be visited for free and without charge for about four months a year. A short guide with a map is published for each exhibition. In addition, a broad program of events and mediation is offered. Among the more than 50 art positions of the previous editions are Lita Albuquerque, Atelier für Sonderaufgaben, James Bridle, Bob Gramsma, Ingeborg Lüscher, Melodie Mousset, Raumlabor, Analia Saban, Roman Signer and many others. The last two editions of the Biennale attracted around 10,000 visitors each time. The festival center is the Berghotel Alpenblick in Tenna, which also houses the ILEA Institute for Land and Environmental Art.
Every two years, parallel to Art Safiental, the summer academy ALPS ART ACADEMY takes place in Tenna/Safiental GR. 20-30 international participants research and produce in a ten-day workshop on topics of Art & Ecology and Land and Environmental Art. The output will be presented temporarily in the context of the ART SAFIENTAL Biennale. Components of the Academy include a public two-day symposium (ILEA Talks), field trips, site visits, and artist talks. The academy center is located in the Berghotel Alpenblick in Tenna, which also houses the ILEA Institute for Land and Environmental Art.