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February 27, 2015

Work.Master. Contemporary Artistic Practices

Geneva University of Art and Design (HEAD)
Chloé Delarue, Refine, 2013. © HEAD – Genève.

This year, Work.Master, HEAD – Genève’s Master’s program devoted to contemporary artistic practices, has initiated projects and classes with artists such as Danai Anesiadou, Stuart Bailey, Mathieu Copeland, Tobias Kaspar, Quinn Latimer, Uriel Orlow, Mai-Thu Perret, Lili Reynaud Dewar and Laurent Schmid, to name just a few. Each of these 1:1 projects has been primarily shaped by the work of the students themselves, as well as by these artists’ specific modes of production and ways of conceptualizing ideas—by their spirit and their wit.

Work.Master takes the risk of proposing a heterogeneous program. Rather than offering a formatted curriculum, Work.Master seeks to adapt it to the sensibility of each personality it gathers, to the inventiveness of each methodology it helps building, and to the non-orthodox, emancipated propositions of its students. For it is Work.Master’s ambition to help them developing highly personal—if not eccentric—conceptions of what it means to produce art today.

Situations analogous to laboratories are created to help crafting steady relationships between guests or faculty members and students, not just temporary encounters but relationships that will last during the course of their two-year program and further. The idea is to be able to wander and ponder, to take walks and trips, to extend conversations beyond their reasonable length, to produce books, exhibitions, and many other formats apt to challenge the conditions of reception and production of art, to get involved with Genève’s art scene and to project one’s work both locally and internationally.

In the same spirit, seminars are led by renowned theoreticians and historians such as Lars Bang Larsen, Yann Chateigné, Catherine Chevalier, Marie de Brugerolle, Christophe Kihm, Charlotte Laubard, Ileana Parvu and David Zerbib. They enrich and complete an educational philosophy that aims to place the students’ practices at the center of the curriculum and to shape the bilingual program according to these practices.

Work.Master conceives its pedagogical role as the one of a producer, in collaboration with major institutions, independent spaces and selected individuals. Past and recent projects include, among several others: Codex by Pierre Leguillon at CCA Wattis, San Francisco; Territories of Assembly by Markus Miessen at Art Sonje Center, Seoul; Off the Stove by Vittorio Brodmann at LiveInYourHead, Geneva; houhouHaHa by Marie-Antoinette Chiarenza at CAAP, genève; “Performance Proletarians” by Lili Reynaud Dewar at Le Magasin, Grenoble; “Radical Enlightenment” by Lars Bang Larsen at Adelaide Festival; “Room Mate Education” by Tobias Kaspar at Studio Roma at Istituto svizzero di Roma; The Exhibition of a Film by Mathieu Copeland at the Biennial of Moving Images, Geneva; Poetics of Relation by Uriel Orlow at the WITS School of Art in Johannesburg; Orgon Lunch by Laptop radio at MA*GA museum in Gallarate and the Swiss Institute of Milan; If Boa Vista by Armando Andrade Tudela at LiveInYourHead, Geneva; and the upcoming Antichambre by Carla Demierre at Mamco, Geneva and Small Modest Bad Blood Opera by Lili Reynaud Dewar at the 2015 Venice Biennial.

The application deadline is March 27.
Procedures detailed online here.

For more information, please consult the Work.Master website.

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