École Européenne Supérieure de l’Image (ÉESI)
Call for applications for postgraduate program:
Document and Contemporary Art
Application deadline: 20 August 2013
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, art critics or theorists 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 both in the field of art and the broader social world.
The program’s activities are condensed into once-monthly meetings of approximately one week. For these meetings, the program functions as a seminar, inviting artists, theorists or curators. Participants are required to attend the collective research seminars and to engage in a regular writing practice in the form of reports and correspondence.
After a sustained inquiry into the concept of “performative documents,” the program will focus more particularly over the coming year on expanded notions of landscape and translation.
2013–2014 will be a year of mobility, taking on a nomadic character. Pending final confirmation, the monthly meetings will be held in Poitiers, Bourges, Paris, Istanbul, London and Los Angeles.
An annual journal, Cahiers du post-diplôme, provides an account of the program’s activities by bringing together writing and other work from the participating artists and invited guests. An exhibition, Landslips | Cartography – Thought – Landscape, curated by Joan Ayrton, will be held at La Box gallery (Bourges) in February–March 2014, in the framework of an open invitation to the post-graduate program. A partnership with the Film and Critical Studies departments at CalArts (California Institute of the Arts, Valencia), 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 with a view to 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. Certain participants may continue their research over a three-year period.
Érik Bullot, Joan Ayrton, Stephen Wright
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, in digital form only, should include documentation of work produced by the applicant (texts, photographs, films, catalogues, articles). For film or sound works, applicants should select excerpts of ten minutes maximum and make them available online. The letter of application (two pages maximum) should present the candidate’s itinerary, past experiences and particular interest in the post-graduate program. The candidate should also propose two referents (artists, theorists, curators) whom the selection committee can contact for possible recommendations.
The post-graduates will have access to the School’s technical facilities and will receive a stipend of 4,000 EUR. The group will be made up of five young practitioners.
Email for sending the application:
The artistic dossier and a letter of application should be sent by 20 August 2013. Interviews with the selection committee will be held on 24 September 2013. The new term begins on October 10.
Image: Érik Bullot, Taksim Square, Istanbul, June 9th 2013. Photo by Érik Bullot.