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Mayara Yamada – That Night Marara Kelly Played in My Town

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Mayara Yamada – That Night Marara Kelly Played in My Town

Diploma project by Mayara Yamada

That Night Marara Kelly Played in My Town is a visual appearance peripheral to the Marara Kelly Art Show, a series of performance in which Mayara Yamada creates a form of self-mythology where she seeks out, throughout an evening divided into five chapters, Marara Kelly, her personal party entity, the guardian of her childhood dreams. The project showcases a series of photographs that begin in the Brazilian Amazon and end in Lake Geneva. As well as a typical banner of the Brazilian Amazon, that here announces an otherworldly party, the world in which Marara transits is magical and disrupts the established reality. There one could imagine a party where the entrance is made during the dive in the river and the after-party begins with the emersion in Lake Geneva.

Sunna Margrét Þórisdóttir – Five Songs for Swimming

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Sunna Margrét Þórisdóttir – Five Songs for Swimming

Diploma project by Sunna Margrét Þórisdóttir

Five Songs for Swimming is an installation project that is divided into three parts: vinyl, book and performance. The vinyl consists of five original songs inspired by the late Unnur Ágústsdóttir, a swimming queen from the 40s who grew up on an isolated island in the Atlantic. The book titled An Insufficient Guide to Writing a Lullaby is written around the songs recorded on the vinyl in relation to the subject of the lullaby and daydreaming. A bright velvet fabric marks the space where the songs are performed.

Stefan Tanase – I Feel So Vacation Today…

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Stefan Tanase – I Feel So Vacation Today…

Diploma project by Stefan Tanase

I Feel so Vacation Today… is a time machine that brings an existing scene from 2019 into the continuous present, namely the atypical sequence from the For Sale exhibition that took place in Bern at Ballostar Mobile, where Ștefan Tănase simulated his own accident by driving a car through the gallery window. To succeed, the artist himself used a sledgehammer with which he broke the window. The accumulation of ideas inevitably took off through a snowball technique, rolling and growing increasingly. Tănase manages to find the humorous formula between post-communist aesthetics and western economics as exemplified by the communist slogan “we work, we don’t think!”.

Christian Schulz – Trap

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Christian Schulz – Trap

Diploma project by Christian Schulz

test test test test test test process of reactivating the emotional body can you hear me now in language and death as we come to the close of our broadcast day reduced to the operational function of language this is my farewell transmission notwithstanding research in protocols and anyone within the sound of my voice procedures for vocal recognition I’ve got fifty thousand watts of power the excess of sensuousness exploding into the circuitry this microphone turns sound into electricity of social communication and openings infinite game of interpretation desire can you hear me now infinite sliding transition the last watt leaves the transmitter desert of meaning desensualisation of language

Leonardo Pellicanò – Crooked Thoughts Along the Crooked Path

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Leonardo Pellicanò – Crooked Thoughts Along the Crooked Path

Diploma project by Leonardo Pellicanò

The pieces on display feature a wide range of pictorial expressions, oscillating between narrative figuration and abstraction. They play on archetypes drawn from myth and folklore that come to surface in an intimate language of fragile apparitions. Untitled and Crooked Thoughts Along the Crooked Path are small-scale works on unprepared wood that illustrate the presence of ghostly and eerie narratives. Between the two, there is the big square canvas Lilac Unseen, apparently a monochrome on raw linen, which upon closer inspection reveals many shades of colour, functioning almost as a macro expansion of the smaller works or a fragment of a rarefied landscape.

Valentina Parati – Spotter

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Valentina Parati – Spotter

Diploma project by Valentina Parati

The place becomes time Space becomes mine On the one hand we have reality, a delicate analysis of the place of observation, a meeting place for enthusiasts but also for children who enjoy dreaming and watching planes; on the other hand, we have a magical, transformative part: an airport that comes alive and produces music in the absence of people. Combining these two characteristics, I decided to transform the airport, not into a place of observation, but of listening, a place to appreciate repetition. Spotter is an invitation to listen with your eyes and watch with your ears.

Peilian Li – Drive Safe!

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Peilian Li – Drive Safe!

Diploma project by Peilian Li

I fell asleep feeling like I had just crashed my car against a mirage. The next day, as I was leaving my house to go to school, the bushes in the garden were being trimmed by the gardeners, the folds of my pleated skirt were neatly ironed, the sun had risen over the hills in the East, the dedicated traffic lights structured the roads, the little baby had been fed, and the owner of the dessert house had set out the first freshly baked egg tarts in the early morning. There was no sign of any abysmal agony or perplexities left in sight.

Maryam Ghasemi – Home

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Maryam Ghasemi – Home

Diploma project by Maryam Ghasemi

This work is based on the places and geographies that I have so far called home, using archives of my family photos. The pixels and glitches are used here as tools. I am interested in a liminal space between public and private, presence and absence. This is the reflection of my own personal experiences as a person who finds herself in a kind of in-between place. The installation of these private spaces that are revealed provides viewers with a sense of drifting and in-betweenness.

Luca Frati – Prayer Is Whatever You Say on Your Knees

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Luca Frati – Prayer Is Whatever You Say on Your Knees

Diploma project by Luca Frati

Prayer Is Whatever You Say on Your Knees is a performance which, through fiction, stages the fantasy and desire of being a popstar. Stardom and fame are taken as a metaphor of creative freedom and also as a reflection on wealth. The work reflects on desire through the use of prayer, an act that implies faith. Faith is intended here as a deep form of trust in one’s own agency, or better the ability to shape oneself into one’s desired form – a form which in this case is influenced by hyper feminine models but seen from a gender-nonconforming perspective, which places my body inside the tension of gender identification. The setting of the performance involves the use of a sculpture whose role is to deliver a sense of intimacy to the viewer.

Benjamin Fanni – Feu Turfu Térébenthine II

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Benjamin Fanni – Feu Turfu Térébenthine II

Diploma project by Benjamin Fanni

This installation includes two types of projects. On the one hand a series of hybrid sculptures stages spectral bodies on a seashore at dusk. Part of their vocabulary derives from Abrahamic monotheism – icon, shroud, chasuble, hijab – and the tradition of abstract painting. Through this work, I sought to replay the motifs that distinguish iconoclastic and iconophilic cultures. Abstraction and figuration struggle with one another. On the other hand, there is a mechanical piano, as much automaton-instrument as performative machine. The music that it produces is inspired by the modes of composition which characterise the North and South of the Mediterranean.

Tudor Ciurescu – The Dream I Still Have

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Tudor Ciurescu – The Dream I Still Have

Diploma project by Tudor Ciurescu

The rotating sculpture showcased in this exhibition, named The Dream I Still Have, is a reproduction of the artist’s childhood swing, a rusty post-Soviet swing that holds a forgotten character. The character draws inspiration from Glenn/Shiftace, the non-gendered animatronic with a Freudian complex from the Hollywood film Chucky that was shot in Romania. The continuous movement of the swing aims to transpose the viewer into a state of reflection – a movement that relates to the swiping of videos on TikTok and the subject of Guy Debord’s book, Society of the Spectacle. The work’s movement is activated by a human presence thanks to sensors – the human presence being essential. Just like a theme park, art becomes a place to feel fear without the consequences.

Salomé Chatriot – Lactose Oozing From a Breathing Singularity

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Salomé Chatriot – Lactose Oozing From a Breathing Singularity

Diploma project by Salomé Chatriot

In 2018 a sprawling turbo alternator awakened under Salomé Chatriot’s caresses as she helped it out of its lethargy with a set of soft medical systems. They merged to create a space time destined to be dismantled, fragmented and reassembled inside the machine’s fertile matrix: Fragile Ecosystem. In this polymorphic universe, the fusion of technological and organic elements fosters the emergence of sculptures and virtual environments. Physical processes such as Chatriot’s breathing activate mechanical systems, resulting in symbiosis between the human body and her technological devices. Stuck in this nymphosis, they are constantly exchanging enzymes, hormones and proteins while infecting each other’s systems with vital breath, carnal desire and empathic energy.

Filippo Bisagni – Un jardin d’Egypte

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Filippo Bisagni – Un jardin d’Egypte

Diploma project by Filippo Bisagni

The installation Un jardin d’Egypte brings together two subjects that are opposite in terms of content and message, but which share similar aspects in terms of visual composition: Marcel Broodthaers’ Un Jardin d’Hiver (1974) and the so-called Egyptian Room in the Villa San Martino, Napoleon’s summer residence during his exile on Elba. What they have in common is a small group of plants arranged in a circle. Broodthaers’ installation displays palm plants that represent a critical reflection on colonialism. The Villa San Martino room displays papyrus plants which represent a nostalgic and apologetic message referring to the Egyptian Campaign. Papyrus or palms That we sow That grow A garden in Egypt ?

Lorenzo Benzoni – I Sit Here and I Cry

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Lorenzo Benzoni – I Sit Here and I Cry

Diploma project by Lorenzo Benzoni

I Sit Here and I Cry is based on a hyper-pop song performed by myself and produced by @nightclub20xx called Ghostin the Castle. The main aim of my research is to analyse capitalism from a Gen Z perspective and, as I usually do in my practice, to build images and play with elements that I create and translate between different media. I decided to play with the settings of gothic novels, in particular with the image of the castle and the vampire, in the historical transition from feudalism to capitalist economy. There is a sculpture of a castle made with salt dough, a drawing that shows what is happening inside the walls, a ghost puppet and the video of the song, in reference to Mark Fisher’s concept of “hauntology” and politically related memes.

Djellza Azemi – The Act of Letting Someone Into Your Home

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Djellza Azemi – The Act of Letting Someone Into Your Home

Diploma project by Djellza Azemi

So many things are promised, so many things remain exactly the same.

Julie Magnenat – X-AYAM22 (When I’m Lying on the Earth)

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Julie Magnenat – X-AYAM22 (When I’m Lying on the Earth)

Diploma project by Julie Magnenat

rammed earth, shells, porcelain Anchored and alien at the same time, this sculpture acts as an invitation to ground ourselves between the realms of the Earth and the realm of the spiritual.

Macula Workshop avec David Douard

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Macula Workshop avec David Douard

Workshop with David Douard, Lucas Erin

Questionner l’économie des images et l’idée d’authorship à travers un exercice de manipulations d’images digitales vers un objet physique. Remettre en question le rapport d’une génération artistique « Google » qui se servait volontiers dans un gouffre d’image internet pour les manipuler à foison. Aujourd’hui ce rapport est contesté par de nouvelles technologies servant et à donner une valeur et une authenticité au détournement ( NFT ) David Douard propose ainsi un workshop de sérigraphie sur 3 jours comme un moment de jouissance productive où les enjeux seraient l’appropriation par la superposition. C’est une réflexion sur l’image à capturer et sur la potentialité subjective d’une image à travers le rapport au texte, la poésie ou le langage.

HOW SOON IS NOW? HISTORIES AND FIGURES OF YOUTH

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HOW SOON IS NOW? HISTORIES AND FIGURES OF YOUTH

Research project

Symposium : HOW SOON IS NOW? HISTORIES AND FIGURES OF YOUTH 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, andpolitical figure born with modernity in the visual arts, popular culture, and the humanities. At the same time, this project proposes to examine the implications ofthe problematic category of "youth" in contemporary art and thought. By exploring the processes in which youth is constituted through its forms of representation, thisproject intends to render intelligible the aesthetic and political dimensions of youth, and to grasp it as a historical allegory allowing for a reconsideration of thecontemporary in the light of its most lively site. What image(s) does the notion of youth carry with it? What idea does it have of itself? How can we talk about it beyond ingrained ideas and the fantasies that society projects on it (at least in Western culture), making it simultaneously a force, a market, an age, a culture, a piece of a history which which we only began writing inthe twentieth-century, and which today has reached its critical stage? In recent history, the notion of youth has so often been conflated with “bringing down the house” that we now expect everything from it: to reinvent us, to shake us up, to carry us, to succeed in what others have failed at (establishing the most open communities possible), to build bridges for the future, to be radical, to be uncompromising where anyone outside of youth has already given up, to be desirable where others are overwhelmed. But with what means? If not those that young people make themselves, for themselves, with elements that they alone will have chosen? With their culture, their places, their clandestinity. Because that which is not yet over happens in the shadows of the world. Youth is a secret. “How Soon Is Now?”, The Smiths once asked. When is it, now? 9.30am Welcome, Stéphanie Moisdon Introduction, Philippe Azoury and Vincent Normand 10am Ludivine Bantigny : Representing Youth / Experiencing It. A Historical Perspective 11.30am Agnès Gayraud : "Will You Love Me When I'm Sixty Four?" Pop Music as an Art of Ages 12.30pm Ludivine Bantigny and Agnès Gayraud in conversation 1pm Lunch break 2pm The Rave Continuum. Researching Plot and Politics of "Europe's Last Youth Culture" Persis Bekkering 3pm Break 3.30pm About Bébé Colère Caroline Poggi and Jonathan Vinel 4.30pm Conclusion Apéro - - Ludivine Bantigny Representing Youth / Experiencing It. A Historical Perspective The representations, discourses and other obsessions about "youth" often say less about young people than about the authorities that forge them: politicians, institutions, media, artists... In themselves, these representations are interesting: they express anxieties, doubts and hopes, but also strong opinions, sometimes peremptory visions that often translate fantasies. In such a landscape, cinema in particular is an excellent medium when it projects its lights and cameras on youth. It is these ways of telling the story of youth that this presentation addresses. But it does not stop there. For beyond the representations, what remains the most fascinating are the modalities of socialization that young people know and come across, in all their diversity. In this sense, this presentation will also question the relationship to time, historicity as an awareness of taking part in history and situating oneself in it, age identities, and generational belonging. Agnès Gayraud "Will You Love Me When I'm Sixty Four?" Pop Music as an Art of Ages Folklore has long been interpreted as the "childhood of art", a form of expression invented by popular classes and considered as the living vestige of humanity’s childhood. From its outset, recorded folk music has been appreciated as a form of "primaverism", the conviction that things in their prime are the most valuable, that authenticity stems not only from the origin but from the beginning. A recording fixes individual voices and their organic idiosyncrasies at the moment of their expression, and in so doing, it captures the aura of a primitive past. The fixed expressivity of recorded voices represents countless individual incarnations, and this has made pop music the most powerful musical art form to bear witness to all ages of life, not just childhood or youth. Rather than associating pop music with a particular stage of life, with a phase of inexperience (innocence, naivety, regression or youth), it is tempting to question its rooting in the expression of ages in general. Contemporary musicians such as Angèle, Oklou, and Arca accurately represent post-adolescence, sexual maturity, and the pleasure of finally flirting with the pornographic category of "adult" content, all while reflecting on youthism, contemporary ageism, and sexist domination. Here, individual embodiment takes as its theme its own situated expression. In contrast to these younger artists, Bob Dylan sang later in his life,"It's not dark yet but it's getting there". This priority given to the expression of individuality at various ages (one’s body, one’s sexuality, one’s race, which make sense only by situating a generation in terms of someone's legal and physiological age), is what binds deeply popular recorded music to what the history of western musical art has at some point thought to have overcome during the 20th century: the romantic confidence in situated individualities, in particular incarnations, in singularities. In the contemporary artistic field, reflexive forms of art only recognize their historical age. Individual age is not a key to understanding the content of their gesture, one deciphers it rather in light of their epoch. Popular music, to the contrary, presents itself as a musical art powerfully carried by the expressiveness of the ages, even if it means sometimes to render eternal a youth whose legal status as such proceeds from the whole liberal system. Persis Bekkering The Rave Continuum. Researching Plot and Politics of "Europe's Last Youth Culture" As much as any experience fails to be adequately grasped by language, the experience of the rave presents the storyteller with a specific, intriguing challenge. As the narrator in Rainald Goetz' experimental novel Rave (1998) remembers: "It was the wordless time, when we were always looking around with our big eyes so strangely in every possible situation, shaking our heads, and could almost never say anything but: speechless – pf –" The rave, at its best, is a wordless suspension of time; a limit experience; an event blurring linear understandings of time and space, proposing its own logic. As music theorist Simon Reynolds once quoted the (unbelievably perfect) shouts of an MC at a hardcore party: 'We've lost the plot'. What does this mean if one tries to translate the rave into narrative? How to grasp its thwarted, warped, halted temporality? For her last novel Exces, part of which is published in English as the novella Last Utopia, writer Persis Bekkering has attempted to find an answer to these problems. The questions of narrative structure and temporality of the rave may look like purely formal ones, but they are closely tied to bigger, historical or even philosophical questions: how to understand the rave and the emergence of rave culture, at the end of the 1980s, in its time? Why did it emerge at that peculiar historical moment, when the end of history and telos of progress was famously declared, utopian ideologies lost their claim, and capitalism entered a new phase? And what did the rave propose to it: resistance or acceleration? Maybe both? In her presentation, Bekkering takes us through a meandering journey along her ongoing artistic and literary research, sharing images, texts, fragments and shouts in the dark, from her archive. Throughout the various parts and fragments, one can hear the constant drone of the search for the aesthetic expression of the permanent presence of crisis in our time. Caroline Poggi and Jonathan Vinel About Bébé Colère Screening of the film followed by a round table discussion. For more than ten years now, Caroline Poggi and Jonathan Vinel have been weaving together a body of work that has no equivalent within French cinema. Whether through their first feature film Jessica forever (2018), or through their numerous short and medium-length films, (Martin pleure, 2017; Notre héritage, 2015; or Tant qu'il nous restera des fusils à pompe, 2014, which won the Golden Bear at the 2014 Berlin International Film Festival), they follow the destiny of their own generation (they are both less than 35 years old). This is a generation which feeds on heroism through the virtual, a generation that met porn before love and online violence before friendship, a generation for which the video game is its lost paradise. Yet they draw from it, and this is their strength, a form of romanticism, which never wants to believe in the end of emotions. Their lyricism is unprecedented because it comes after: after the images, after the clichés, after the disillusionment, after they have been told that “no, really, sorry, there is nothing left to expect from anything, everything has been played out”. In the spring of 2020, when the earth had just come to a halt due to the Covid pandemic, Jonathan and Caroline retreated to Corsica where they dreamed of an unseen body that escaped from a video game: Bébé Colère [Baby Anger]. Bébé Colère denies his parents, Bébé Colère has no friends, Bébé Colère vomits the world and feeds on emptiness. In 13 minutes, Bébé Colère is an irreducible work that paints a portrait of a 2.0 youth caught in disarray. A post-human body, which has denied its origins and only sees the future through the features of an avatar. Caroline Poggi and Jonathan Vinel will discuss the possibility of romanticism today, and the conditions that allow them to invent new characters, generating their own disordered chronology. They will also talk about their aesthetic relationship with video games: the baby in Bébé Colère is a pre-programmed asset purchased online to be animated and then integrated into the film. In close collaboration with Lucien Krampf, they are also currently developing a project conceived inside a game engine. In their work, they consider the game as a new narrative track while also using pre-existing elements. The conversation will take place in French. - - 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. - - Concept and organization Philippe Azoury, Vincent Normand, Shirin Yousefi For registration or further information please contact: shirin.yousefi@ecal.ch - - 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.

Ines Maestre – I Know How Soft Your Body Is I Scratched My Hands With It

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Ines Maestre – I Know How Soft Your Body Is I Scratched My Hands With It

Diploma project by Ines Maestre

Mention Très bien Desire is the engine that drives human life. Desire takes us out of ourselves, makes us dream, makes us excessive, leads us astray. It makes us live in improvisation, disorder and craving, which are the highest expressions of freedom taken to their paroxysm. Desire vindicates life, pleasure, self-realisation and freedom. The work highlights a duality of what is considered good or bad in parallel with the idea of love and desire, since both can coexist but do not seek the same thing. By playing with oppositions between different materials and forms that function as metaphors, the work highlights the price we must pay when the object we desire may not be the best for us, even if it satisfies our appetite.

Mathilde Imesch – Reclaim Set: (re)construire son pouvoir

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Mathilde Imesch – Reclaim Set: (re)construire son pouvoir

Diploma project by Mathilde Imesch

Reclaim Set is a ceramic set that manifests ecofeminist ideas drawn from the history of witch hunts. The clay used consists of a mixture of mineral and organic materials, thus bringing together the mineral, plant and animal realms. This process also conjures up the four elements during the different phases of modelling, drying and firing. Witch hunts, which began in the 14th century, contributed greatly to the alienation of our connection with nature. The destruction of this heritage has resulted in declining autonomy and loss of power as a community in the face of institutional authority. Building your own Reclaim Set is a first step towards legitimising your power. When we use our experience to change everyday life, we transform reality and fight against cultures of oppression.

Vanessa Udriot – Tidá nehés oyendau

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Vanessa Udriot – Tidá nehés oyendau

Diploma project by Vanessa Udriot

Coming from the field of architecture, I have developed a particular interest in the representations and perceptions of the spaces and materiality that surround us. I also seek to understand how things are linked to memories and histories, how objects and subjects evolve in their environment. My practice aims to question memory in a broad sense, often in relation to culture, from its different understandings to its many relationships. By associating borders and emotions, the question of identity is increasingly present in my work. I approach these subjects through a mix of personal experiences and a lot of research.

La festa degli innocenti

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La festa degli innocenti

Diploma project by Andrea Vescovi (Colletivo Silencio, in collaboration with Stefano Baldini)

The Feast of the Innocents is a show born from research we carried out between Savona and Renens, the former city being where we grew up, the latter where we now live. The path that led us to establish a parallel was based on the collection of stories and testimonies of those who lived in these two provinces, which although distant, are linked by strong yet silent similarities. The stories of retirees, immigrants and workers challenged our position in this flow. We therefore tried, by unravelling the relationships with the past, to weave one with the present, paving the way for a concrete search for a community. These stories are interwoven with our experience in the form of projections, music and verbal narration.

César Axel Aguilar Rodríguez – Mains hum

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César Axel Aguilar Rodríguez – Mains hum

Diploma project by César Axel Aguilar Rodríguez

“The newsfeed reads: ‘Tu n’as jamais été ici’ And I wholeheartedly concur.”

Ange-Frédéric Koffi – La maison est notre coin du monde

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Ange-Frédéric Koffi – La maison est notre coin du monde

Diploma project by Ange-Frédéric Koffi

According to Gaston Bachelard, the house is the physical space that reflects our internal world. We learn to inhabit the house with its traditional inhabitants: the bed, the kitchen table, the doors and windows, the fences, etc. My graduation project, La maison est notre coin du monde (“The House is our Corner of the World”), focuses on one of the oldest pieces of furniture in the world: the folding screen. I question the relationship we have with this domestic object in our home, which is defined as a “shield of beauty”.

La festa degli innocenti

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La festa degli innocenti

Diploma project by Stefano Baldini (Collettivo Silencio, in collaboration with Andrea Vescovi)

The Feast of the Innocents is a show born from research we carried out between Savona and Renens, the former city being where we grew up, the latter where we now live. The path that led us to establish a parallel was based on the collection of stories and testimonies of those who lived in these two provinces, which although distant, are linked by strong yet silent similarities. The stories of retirees, immigrants and workers challenged our position in this flow. We therefore tried, by unravelling the relationships with the past, to weave one with the present, paving the way for a concrete search for a community. These stories are interwoven with our experience in the form of projections, music and verbal narration.

Simone Nicola Filippo – For My Girl and My World, Love From Jamie XXX

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Simone Nicola Filippo – For My Girl and My World, Love From Jamie XXX

Diploma project by Simone Nicola Filippo

My work visually explores themes of loneliness, para-social relationships and emotional frustration. These near-monochromes in oil evoke images of distant memories, similar to the stains one might find on the inside of a pillow after years of sleep and cold sweat, memories of online interactions, visual summaries from a mass of digital images that leave us numb until the next morning in an aseptic mental void. References to video games, social media influencers, and ASMR role-plays blend into a cloudy mass, similar in its lack of clarity to sketches that try to illustrate paranormal events or sleep paralysis.

Natalia Mimran – Misfits

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Natalia Mimran – Misfits

Diploma project by Natalia Mimran

Misfits is a tribute to unrealised ideas and failed attempts and to round pegs in square holes. Discarded works and experimentations collected at ECAL during the last two years have been reworked to make this monolith. While the visual identity of the gathered material has been erased and the evidence of their physical existence fossilised, reframing their position reveals a hidden potential, as if energy was released during changes in the state of matter. The static presence does not drown out the voices, which are transformed instead into a new hybrid identity.

Jodie Rudaz – Same Landscape of Heaven And Hell

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Jodie Rudaz – Same Landscape of Heaven And Hell

Diploma project by Jodie Rudaz

“I remember an abandoned house, on the edge of the river. The river seems, at times, to want to cross the parapet. It has lost its mind, there’s too much light for it. From here on, we should forget its name; but no more than we humans, rivers can’t get rid of the first opinion that they have provoked in the collective mind. You will want to capture it, looking for the oval of a mirror to enclose it, but already the river is flowing towards other moments, always eager for new landscapes. A scent of honey will incite it to confidence: I am the face of everyone, the caress of the gaze that survives the gaze.” Valais de coeur, Pierrette Micheloud

Ana Marija Adomaityté – Suite

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Ana Marija Adomaityté – Suite

Diploma project by Ana Marija Adomaityté

“The pas de deux is a dance sequence built around a theme, often symbolic of a love story or the partnership inherent in love, with the dancers portraying expressions of affectionate feelings.” On a deep blue floor, a man and a woman perform the gestures of a couple: a contemporary pas de deux about the violence of the norm. If a classical pas de deux is meant as a celebration of love, I believe it is also necessarily the celebration of suffering in love. It is, par  excellence, the performative structure in which the representation of heteronormative romanticism flourishes. Suite – a performance for two people – is a danced resistance to the norms of heterosexual love. Through the exhaustion of gestures, Suite challenges all-powerful romanticism.

graduations

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graduations

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Jury Giovanni Carmine Tiphanie Mall David Douard Stéphanie Moisdon Promotion Ange Frederic Koffi Cesar Axel Aguilar Ines Maestre Mathilde Imesh Natalia Mimran Jodie Rudaz Simone Filippo Stefano&Andrea Vanessa Udriot

Présentation semestrielle

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Présentation semestrielle

Studio project

Keramicos

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Keramicos

Workshop with Matthew Lutz Kinoy, Natsuko Uchino

Glowstone

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Glowstone

Workshop with Neil Beloufa

Flowstone

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Flowstone

Workshop with Neil Beloufa

Fine Arts semestrial Presentation

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Fine Arts semestrial Presentation

Studio project with MAAV

Selected works from Fine Arts master students from the first semester presentations

Emeline Herrera – A Moment of Bewilderment

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Emeline Herrera – A Moment of Bewilderment

Diploma project by Emeline Herrera

Corridors go around in circles and doors lead nowhere. Only artificial light passes through the blinds. There is dust on the ceiling and you realise that these hands do not belong to you. Something is wrong, you are confused. Just before the dust settles on the floor and radiates on your body, you should leave. When you come back to reality, it is already too late. There is no way to prevent this. There is no coming back. Some elements are made to stay and others to vanish. Studio A. Set 1:  somewhere in a moment of bewilderment. emelineh1188@gmail.com

Riccardo Sala – BPZ

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Riccardo Sala – BPZ

Diploma project by Riccardo Sala

This set of works bears witness to the neoliberal world and its ability to replicate itself through the machines of desire. The images come from assembly instruction leaflets of small toys found inside Kinder Surprise chocolate eggs. Some of them are transformed and shown again through the process of lithographic printing. One of them is painted enlarged on canvas. riccardo.sala@mail.com https://www.riccardosala.online

Byron Gago – Co-Based Objects

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Byron Gago – Co-Based Objects

Diploma project by Byron Gago

The work is designed as a composition of four different pieces, which emulate a type of box reminiscent of various devices for transport and conservation. I am interested in cyber-punk and brutalist aesthetics in connection with an imagination characterised by a dystopian moment. Problem solving devices overlap and create a sense of distance with the original source of the hypothetical content or subject. There is a concept of dislocation behind potential content that works as a fiction narrative component in the pattern between high tech/low life. byronandradegago@gmail.com

Cécile Polito – Visible Invisible

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Cécile Polito – Visible Invisible

Diploma project by Cécile Polito

I give up on the known world and let myself drift into a space in constant mutation created by Physarum polycephalum, a single-cell species. I photograph these micro-territories using a microscope. The matter which composes the organism reveals traces of an intangible order. cecile-polito@outlook.com

Agathe Naito – Justify One’s Poverty

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Agathe Naito – Justify One’s Poverty

Diploma project by Agathe Naito

An installation comprising three ceramic sculptures: clogs, daisy and garland of crepe paper flowers. Each sculpture can be activated by a performer. A childhood story about the boredom of being a girl, about a boring girl. The village fair: bumper cars, ball shooters and a funfair punching machine… A reflection on the feeling of these breaks from daily life. agathe.naito@gmail.com https://www.agathenaito.com

Hanna Rochereau – Chit-Chatting

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Hanna Rochereau – Chit-Chatting

Diploma project by Hanna Rochereau

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Francesco de Bernardi – sans titre (occhiaie)

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Francesco de Bernardi – sans titre (occhiaie)

Diploma project by Francesco de Bernardi

How do you think back on the times when you were distracted and distant? Is the action you performed in a distracted manner worthy of being represented? Do you watch yourself live? Do you alter the meaning and content of what you remember? Do you lie to yourself? From what point of view do you re-imagine what you did? What have you not done? francesco.debernardi95@gmail.com

Genêt Mayor – Sitting Duck

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Genêt Mayor – Sitting Duck

Diploma project by Genêt Mayor

Mention Très bien Several dead ducks are arranged in a circle. Objects are painted and painted again, quickly. A potpourri spreads its memories through time. Detachment allows you to travel light, with peace of mind. Thanks for this moment. genet.mayor@gmail.com https://www.instagram.com/genetmayor

Usefulless

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Usefulless

Other with Ricca

In his essay,  Theory of Metamorphosis , philosopher Emanuele Coccia celebrates the “power of caterpillars” allowing them to transition from one existence to another without having to die first nor being born again. The caterpillar thus in its full autonomy shakes up the natural order of things. This in-between state materializes in the cocoon, an intermediate yet complete stage, totalizing more than the sum of two halves. The cocoon is a circumscribed territory which has no limits, not completely life, not totally death. This solipsistic space is plural, it is host to the liquid form, embracing simultaneity and different realities. The artworks presented here echo the principle of transition which govern this exhibition. Through their relationship to space or how they question the function of an art object, through the staging of intimacy, these works identify a limit and almost mechanically, ask what lies beyond. Usefulless  is a quality specific to useful objects that are nowhere to be found when needed. Opening a middle way through the binary definition  useful/useless , the term  usefulless  defines a transitional state of utility. Here inside the exhibition, the influence of context reveals the intrinsic ambivalence of objects, useful only based on a need, at a given time, for something or to someone.  Usefulless  opens a dialogue between the works of the students of the Master Fine Arts at ECAL/University of Art and Design Lausanne and pieces from artists whose respective practices explore similar avenues.

Talk given by Camille Henrot

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Talk given by Camille Henrot

Workshop

Camille Henrot, Plasticienne, New York www.camillehenrot.fr Née en 1978, Camille Henrot vit et travaille à New York. L’artiste française développe une pratique variée qui mêle film, dessin, sculpture et installation. En puisant ses inspirations et ses sujets dans la vie quotidienne et dans la littérature, la mythologie, le cinéma et l’anthropologie, l’oeuvre de Camille Henrot reconsidère avec acuité les typologies d’objets et les systèmes de pensées établis. En 2013, dans le cadre de la Smithsonian résidence à Washington DC, elle réalise le film  Grosse Fatigue , avec lequel elle remporte le Lion d’argent à la Biennale de Venise. Lauréate du Prix Nam June Paik 2014 et du Edvard Munch Art Award 2015, Camille Henrot a également participé aux Biennales de Lyon, Berlin et Sydney et a bénéficié d’expositions personnelles dans des lieux prestigieux tels que le Schinkel Pavillon à Berlin, la Kunsthalle de Vienne, le New Museum à New York ou encore au Palais de Tokyo à Paris pour une carte blanche en 2017. Ses prochaines expositions majeures auront lieu à Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery (2019) et à la National Gallery of Victoria de Melbourne (2020).

diploma 2019

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diploma 2019

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Symposium KILL Yr IDOLS

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Symposium KILL Yr IDOLS

Other

KILL Yr IDOLS The 20th century invented youth. It has inspired the century in all matters, it has become its horizon. We move forward according to its tastes. Until the end of the World War II, youth was thus only rarely considered, as if in a transitory state, stuck in an awkward age. Then, all of a sudden, with the rise of pop culture, the market economy started to seduce it. A phenomenon that was long regarded as an embarrassing growth spurt ended up dominating the world. The 21th century is nineteen, twenty years old. And youth still remains a mystery. One relishes to conceptualize and historicize it. One also knows that youth never stops to toss and turn. It exists in order to produce moments, ideas (immediately subjected to aging), new gestures, or which youth believes to be new? Amnesiacs are the content ones. One must see how the history of youth has been sketched in the last century, as a straight line, or maybe in successive layers, strata, sedimentations. Less than a century has produced a tome of attitudes that describe each and every generation, the way they took possession of the cultural field, of trends, languages, postures and all theses signs that aim to destroy the next generation (in order to provide new space for the possible). Invariants stand in the midst of all this nonetheless: the same doubts, rage, opposition, unease, fake arrogance, discoveries and the same gold. Politicized, or at least concerned, youth 2.0 is soaked in a yet to be analyzed opposition between the speed rate of its exchanges that it constantly develops further and a desire to tame late capitalism's irrevocable damages: the disintegration of the planet and its climate. Outpacing capitalist realism might well have become the new horizon of a youth that was formed by its very capabilities of speed. In this setup, what are the new postures, ideas, excesses and transformations that are – again and again – capable of inventing youth? How will the new emerge if we remain at the core of an exhausting recommencement ? Philippe Azoury

Angelo

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Angelo

All the Loose Ends would Disappear Again in the Shape of your Face

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All the Loose Ends would Disappear Again in the Shape of your Face

Lorenza Longhi – Zzz...

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Lorenza Longhi – Zzz...

Diploma project by Lorenza Longhi

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