[oberlist] FR* grant/edu: Postgraduate Program "Document and contemporary art" by European School of Visual Arts

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Angoulême, France
perioada: 2012/2013

European School of Visual Arts
Postgraduate Program "Document and contemporary art"

call for applications

Launched in October 2010 at the initiative of the European School of
Visual Art, the post-graduate program Document and Contemporary Art, in
partnership with the École nationale supérieure d’art de Bourges, is open
to art or film students, young curators or art critics seeking to prolong
their studies through a year of experimental inquiry at the crossroads of
the document and contemporary art, irrespective of media or technique. The
aim of the post-graduate program is to foster theoretical and practical
reflection on the function of the document and the archive in the field of
art and the social world. The program’s first two years focused on the
performative dimension of the document. What is the document’s function ?
How can it be activated ? What, in turn, can it activate ? Can one speak
of “performative documents” ?

Over the course of its third year, the research program will focus more
particularly on translation, in the broadest sense of the term, as an
agent of a document’s activation and transformation. If it is not to
remain inert, a document has to be activated, inscribed in a new context
of appearance – that is, translated in some expanded sense, not merely
from one language to another but between one medium and another.

The program’s activities are concentrated into monthly one-week sessions.
These sessions take the form of a seminar, structured around the
presentations of invited artists, theorists or curators.

2012-13 will be organized nomadically, favoring mobility. Subject to final
confirmation, program sessions will be held in Poitiers, Madrid, Bourges,
Angoulême, Lausanne, Los Angeles and Beirut.

An annual journal, Cahiers du post-diplôme, bears witness to the program’s
activities by bringing together the participating artists’ work and the
contributions of the invited artists. An exhibition focusing on
performative documents is scheduled at La Box gallery (Bourges) in early
2013 in the framework of an open invitation to the post-graduate program.
A partnership with CalArts (California Institute of the Arts, Valencia),
more specifically with the Film and Critical Studies departments, will be
continued this year in the form of a joint seminar.

The program’s recruitment is international. English is the principal
working language.
The post-graduate program provides a theoretical and practical platform in
the perspective of defining and proposing original modes of research in
art. As debates, practices and partnerships develop over the intermediate
term, the program is poised to evolve toward a practice-based PhD in
artistic research.


Applicants should hold a national or international level-1 degree or
equivalent (high-school certificate + 5 years of post-secondary study).
Following a preliminary selection on the basis of the candidate’s artistic
dossier, letter of application and curriculum vitae, applicants will be
invited to an interview by a panel. The artistic dossier should include
documentation of work produced by the applicant (texts, photographs,
films, catalogues, articles). For film or sound works, applicants should
select excerpts of 12 minutes maximum. The letter of application (2 pages
maximum) should present the candidate’s itinerary, past experiences and
particular interest in the post-graduate program.

The post-graduates will have access to the technical facilities of the
School and will receive a stipend of 4000 euros. The group will be made up
of four young practitioners.

The artistic dossier and a letter of application should be sent by 5
September 2012. Interviews with the selection committee will be held on 17
September 2012.

data limita: 05/09/12

European School of Visual Arts
134 rue de Bordeaux
16000 Angoulême


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