Postgraduate Program at European School of Visual ArtsEcole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts
Application deadline: September 10, 2011
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Document and contemporary art
Unquestionably, Documenta X (1997), under the direction of Catherine David, clearly marked out the documentary’s place in the field of contemporary art. This dialogue has been ongoing ever since. This has been demonstrated by the numerous works of artists favoring the documentary approach and also the opening up of festivals to programming positioned at the crossroads between the two fields.
This postgraduate program is designed for students in art or cinema, young exhibition curators or art critics who wish to extend their training with a year of experimentation around the interplay of issues between document and contemporary art, without being confined to a single technique or material. The group is not solely composed of filmmakers or artists. Its diversity is a sign of plurality. Some of the areas covered by this postgraduate diploma are: promoting a collective dimension to work, following through production, producing materials (films, texts, exhibitions, performances), carrying out work on theory and art history, questioning modes of exhibiting, promoting experimentation, questioning documentary protocol and the issue of archiving, blending knowhow and practice, drawing on the European dimension by looking at the problems of translation.
The postgraduate year will conclude with an event: a cycle of projections, exhibition, publication, seminar, conference and meetings whose form will be decided on by each group. An annual publication bears witness of the activities of the postgraduate Program, gathering the artists’ works and the contributions of the guest artists. With the aim of establishing the work of the postgraduates in the fields of art and research, and supporting their work in terms of production, the Post graduate program “Document and contemporary art” is associated with Le Confort Moderne, concert hall and exhibition centre, based in Poitiers. It benefits from the dynamic of exchanges between an art center and an art school. A partnership between CalArts, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia (California), has also been renewed. This postgraduate Program is also associated with l’École nationale supérieure d’art de Bourges (France).
Candidates must hold a recognized diploma, equivalent to level 1 (High School graduation certificates + 5 years of study in higher education) from a national or international institution. After a preliminary selection from the candidate’s artistic dossier and application letter, the candidate will be invited to interview by a panel. The artistic dossier should comprise documentation of the work produced by the candidate (texts, photographs, films, catalogues and articles). For cinematic or audio works, the candidate should select extracts of a maximum of 12 minutes’ duration. The application letter (maximum length 2 pages) must outline the candidate’s career, previous experience and fields of interest for the postgraduate diploma program.
The postgraduate students will have use of the school’s technical facilities and a grant of 4000 Euros. The group will be composed of four young artists.
Close of submission for artistic dossier and application letter before 10th September 2011.
An interview will be held at the end of September/early October with a panel of experts.
Érik Bullot, filmmaker
Joan Ayrton, artist, Professor at the European School of Visual Arts
Stephen Wright, artist, Professor at the European School of Visual Arts
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