Master Fine Arts symposium at ECAL
IKEA Auditorium, ECAL

ECAL Master Fine Arts Symposium: How Soon Is Now? Histories and Figures of Youth.

ECAL Master Fine Arts Symposium
How Soon Is Now? Histories and Figures of Youth
Monday 28 March 2022
9am - 5pm
IKEA Auditorium

This symposium is the first stage of the research project How Soon Is Now? Histories and Figures of Youth. It questions “youth” as a conceptual, aesthetic, and political figure born with modernity in the visual arts, popular culture, and the humanities. At the same time, this project proposes to examine the implications of the problematic category of “youth” in contemporary art and thought. By exploring the processes in which youth is constituted through its forms of representation, this project intends to render intelligible the aesthetic and political dimensions of youth, and to grasp it as a historical allegory allowing for a reconsideration of the contemporary in the light of its most lively site.

Welcome coffee

Welcome, Stéphanie Moisdon
Introduction, Philippe Azoury and Vincent Normand

Representing Youth / Experiencing It. A Historical Perspective
Ludivine Bantigny


“Will You Love Me When I’m Sixty Four?”
Pop Music as an Art of Ages

Agnès Gayraud

Ludivine Bantigny and Agnès Gayraud in conversation

Lunch break

The Rave Continuum. Researching Plot and Politics of “Europe’s Last Youth Culture”
Persis Bekkering


About Bébé Colère
Caroline Poggi and Jonathan Vinel


For registration or information

Ludivine Bantigny is a historian, teacher and researcher attached to the Laboratory of History of the University of Rouen-Normandy. She works on the history of commitments, social movements, insurrections and revolutions, but has also devoted numerous books and articles to the history of youth and generations. She has published Le Plus Bel Âge ? Jeunes et jeunesse en France de l’aube des « Trente Glorieuses » à la guerre d’Algérie (Fayard, 2007), La France à l’heure du monde (Seuil, 2017, rééd. 2019), 1968. De grands soirs en petits matins (Seuil, 2018, rééd. 2020), Révolution (Anamosa, 2019), « La plus belle avenue du monde ». Une histoire sociale et politique des Champs-Élysées (La Découverte, 2020) and La Commune au présent. Une correspondance par-delà le temps (La Découverte, 2021).

Persis Bekkering is a metamorphic writer, engaging with a wide spectrum of artistic disciplines. She is interested in the emotional landscape of the contemporary, searching for new narrative forms that reflect a present permanently marked by crisis. Her recent publications include (fictocritical) essays, art criticism and fiction. Her debut novel Een heldenleven (The Life of a Hero), published in 2018, was shortlisted for the ANV Debut Prize. Her second novel Exces, shortlisted for the BNG Bank Prize for Literature, was published in 2021, part of which has been translated in English as Last Utopia by the Jan Van Eyck Academy in Maastricht. Recent and forthcoming publications include texts for M HKA Antwerp, Girls Like Us, Extra Extra and NRC Handelsblad. With choreographer Ula Sickle she worked as dramaturg on the concert performances The Sadness (2020) and Echoic Choir (2021). She also teaches at the Creative Writing department of ArtEZ University of the Arts in Arnhem.

Agnès Gayraud was born in Tarbes in 1979. Under the name La Féline, she is the author and composer of several pop records released since 2014 by Kwaidan Records, including the albums Adieu l’enfance, Triomphe, and Vie Future, as well as other contributions under the moniker GRIVE. She published a book of aesthetic philosophy, Dialectic of Pop (Urbanomic, 2019), dealing with the expressive changes induced by the advent of recorded popular music since the beginning of the twentieth century. She is currently professor of art and theory at the Ecole Nationale des Beaux-Arts de Lyon.

Jonathan Vinel, born in Toulouse in 1988, studied editing at the Fémis. Caroline Poggi, born in 1990 in Ajaccio, studied at the University of Paris-Sorbonne (Paris-IV) and at the University of Corsica (CREATACC degree). They have directed several films, separately (Chiens for Caroline, Notre amour est assez puissant for Jonathan) and together. Their short film Tant qu’il nous reste des fusils à pompe received the Golden Bear at the 2014 Berlin International Film Festival. They then directed Notre héritage, also selected at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2015, followed by their first feature film Jessica Forever in 2018. They are currently working on their second feature film entitled Eat the Night.

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How Soon Is Now? Histories and Figures of Youth is a research project supported by ECAL/University of Art and Design Lausanne and
HES-SO/University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland.

Concept and organization
Philippe Azoury, Vincent Normand, Shirin Yousefi

Dates and schedules


IKEA Auditorium, ECAL