SUmmit of Trans- Art 2022, 13. & 14. of October 

Scientific Symposium 2022 in the Astrid Rieder Studio


Hasn't art always called our attention to things?

Thus, trans-Art deals with a proposal for a dialogue in order to learn to better deal with the threats of our time, such as war, climate change, lack of resources, pandemics, and would like to offer ideas for peacemaking and consensus within the trans-Art performance.


Art should take responsibility.

trans-Art is an art form that cares about the you, listens to the you, responds to the you through and through. Because in a 40-minute trans-art performance, abstract drawing and new music interact in the moment, entering into art-immanent dialogue. An art form that is interactive in this way is a rarity.

It is therefore important to situate this concept of a trans-art performance in art theory and history and to discuss its relevance in these fields. For this purpose, a wide range of speakers will be invited to the SUMMIT of trans-Art 2022 - and also all those interested in spreading trans-Art further.


The speakers of the SUMMIT of trans-Art 2022 are: 

Marie-Therese Rudolph (Ö1 presenter)

Michael Mautner (composer)

Roman Pfeffer (sculptor)

Elisabeth Moest (flutist)

Anna Koch (clarinettist)

Celina Hubmann (soprano and flutist)

Jürgen Tabor (Generali Foundation, MdM Salzburg)

Manuel Schabus (Professor of Psychology)


The SUMMIT of trans-Art will take place on 13 and 14 October 2022 in the trans-Art studio at Bundesstraße 37 in 5071 Wals-Siezenheim. On 13 October there will be an opening speech by Jürgen Tabor from 6 pm, as well as a trans-Art performance. The following day will be filled with lectures and a panel discussion, the detailled programm will be annouced soon.

review SUmmit of Trans- Art 2020

Scientific symposium 2020 at the studio of Astrid Rieder

A scientific symposium that puts the value for reception by connecting different creative genres up for discussion. International speakers with professional knowledge and experience in the key elements of trans-Art, such as abstract drawing, new music, documentary video, radio and space, were invited. This event took place on August 13th and 14th, 2020 in Astrid Rieder's studio in Wals-Siezenheim. Astrid Rieder has been continuously working on linking the art genres of contemporary music and abstract visual art for over 20 years. She opened her studio for lectures, scientific discussions and offered the participants the opportunity to experience trans-Art themselves as an active drawing performer in the course of a Publikumsperformance.

In her opening speech, Astrid Rieder compared the preparations for this symposium on trans-Art with a first ascent of one of the highest mountains of our planet. That's why she chose the title SUMMIT of trans-Art. 

The event aims at strengthening the genuinely artistic claim of the trans-Art performance format Composition graphique musicale created by her through scientific examination. The particularity of this Composition graphique musicale, defined by Astrid Rieder, lies in the consistently new acoustic and graphic design of the performance through spontaneous, interactive, dialogue-like communication at eye level. Both the drawer and the musician meet each other without prior consultation or a prefabricated concept or score and develop their artistic work through spontaneous interaction.

In her illuminating testimonial lecture, Sabine Coelsch-Foisner asked whether art has always been trans-Art in a certain form. With numerous examples from art history, she was able to prove that there is a potentiating synergy effect in combining different art genres.

Subsequently the composer Karlheinz Essl and Astrid Rieder engaged in such a spontaneous, interactive, communication between artist and musician out of which emerged the 50th performance of Astrid Rieder’s do trans-Art series. As input for the electronic processing of his voice in the artistic dialogue, he chose the working noise of the drawing process, recorded with a contact microphone positioned directly next to the Papierene Leinwand. In just under 40 minutes, a thematically dense drawing was created on the 150x100 cm papierene Leinwand and multilayered, electronically modified sounds. The combination of these abstract devices creates an unlimited space for reflection for the recipient.


The next morning, on Friday, August 14th, Wolfgang Richter, Irene Suchy, Christian Tschinkl, Jürgen Tabor, Christian Ofenbauer, Max Rieder, Patricia Lopes Bastos, Peter Kutin and Petra Hinterberger dealt with the elements of trans-Art and their synergy.

In the panel discussion, which was led by Christian Ofenbauer, the following consensus developed as to what the added value of a trans-Art consists of:

the adoption of various techniques from art, which expands the behavioral repertoire of the individual artists, discards existing hierarchies and creates new and flexible structures. Christian Ofenbauer named John Cage and Merce Cunningham as an example, "who developed an elegant strategy out of a difficult situation, e.g. Montage."

Another consideration is that the artistic experiences find their way into privacy as it lures the recipients out of their comfort zone.

The discussion proceeded to the realization that trans-Art can take place almost anywhere. In addition to the physical space in which they appear, the protagonists and recipients create an individual, practically unlimited, intellectual setting through concentrated attention.


For the ending ceremony of the symposium, all participants were invited to interact with a musician on a paper canvas measuring 150x150 cm for a period of five minutes each as an artist.

Within an hour, the artist-role alternated twelve times. The process was flowing. After this new, inspiring experience, everyone gave the canvas to the next artist with a happy smile. The feedback was great.


At the end of the day, those who still had time stayed at the NIGHT CAFE. Since the scientific discussion is an extremely important part of any further development, it is to be hoped that the scientific curiosity of this SUMMIT of trans-Art will motivate others to continue the research and exercise of trans Art.


Fotos von © Paul Aigner