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Constellations: Art–Science Summer Academy 2016
Geneva School of Art and Design (HEAD)
Above: Marie Kølbæk Iversen, Io/I, 2015–. Running series of 3D-animated HD loops based on NASA’s footage of Jupiter’s moon Io, duration and dimensions variable.
Above: Marie Kølbæk Iversen, Io/I, 2015–. Running series of 3D-animated HD loops based on NASA’s footage of Jupiter’s moon Io, duration and dimensions variable.

July 18–22, 2016

Application deadline: June 30, 2016

Istituto Svizzero di Roma
Via Ludovisi 48
I – 00187 Rome

www.hes-so.ch
www.istitutosvizzero.it
www.head-geneve.ch

A project by HEAD – Genève in association with Istituto Svizzero di Roma, HES-SO University of Applied Sciences, and Arts Western Switzerland Centre d’art contemporain Genève CERN, European Organization for Nuclear Research

HEAD – Genève and the Istituto Svizzero di Roma are proud to announce their first Summer Academy, to be held at Villa Maraini, Rome, from July 18 to 23, 2016. The programme, based on the relationship between art and science, will focus on issues raised by recent developments in astronomy as well as on the ways in which contemporary artists explore and produce experiences related to the development of physics research into the cosmos. As a matter of fact, it was in Rome, almost one century ago, that German art historian Aby Warburg changed the focus of his iconological research or science of images to take into account the underlying hypothesis that the history of Renaissance art was based on cosmic thinking.

The HEAD ISR Summer Academy is open to MA Fine Arts students from all art schools in Switzerland, in particular HES-SO (HEAD – Genève, ECAL, ECAV), who are currently studying or who graduated less than two years ago. 12 students will be selected upon presentation of a draft project relating to the theme of the 2016 Summer Academy, a resume and a portfolio of practical and/or theoretical work (in French and English). All contributors and participants will receive room and board onsite at the Istituto Svizzero di Roma. The aim for all participants will be to outline a research draft and project plan that is at the crossroads of arts and sciences, in association with the guest faculty. An exhibition will later present the participants’ projects.

This pilot Summer Academy will take the form of an intensive think tank, linking together different timescales, team configurations and forms of transmission. Morning sessions will be held by a different guest every day and will focus on collective work. Afternoon sessions will focus on one-on-one meetings and individual work. Evenings will be dedicated to discussing and appraising the day’s activities, with screenings and additional talks by guest scientists. The programme is also meant to be an area of experimentation which is open to suggestions by participants. Finally, a concert will close the Summer Academy programme, with the Roman platform for contemporary artists Radio Arte Mobile being given carte blanche.

This year, the artistic direction of the programme has been entrusted to art historian and independent curator Lars Bang Larsen in association with Head of the Visual Arts Department at HEAD – Genève Yann Chateigné. Guest speakers include artists from HEAD – Genève Laurent Schmid and Mai-Thu Perret, two guest artists, Dave Hullfish Bailey and Marie Kølbæk Iversen, and two guest scientists, CERN physicist, Veronica Bindi and astronomer at the Geneva Observatory, Stéphane Udry.

Guests
Dave Hullfish Bailey, artist, Los Angeles
Lars Bang Larsen, art historian, curator, Copenhagen/Sao Paolo
Veronica Bindi, physicist, CERN, Geneva/Hawaii
Yann Chateigné, art historian, curator, Head of the Visual Arts Department at HEAD – Genève
Marie Kølbæk Iversen, artist, Copenhagen
Mai-Thu Perret, artist, teacher at HEAD – Genève
Laurent Schmid, artist, Head of the Work.Master programme, HEAD – Genève, Bern/Geneva
Stéphane Udry, astronomer, Geneva Observatory

Specifications
Deadline for the submission of applications: June 30
Conditions for participation: students currently enrolled or having graduated less than two years ago from all art schools in Switzerland may apply.
Portfolio: portfolio in PDF (maximum size: 10MB), resume, draft project (length: 2 pages maximum), copy of student card or diploma
Languages: French / English
Contribution towards travel and living costs: CHF 150

June 15, 2016