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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.

(Re-)Viewing Paik

(Re-)Viewing Paik

Research project

(Re-)Viewing Paik is a joint research initiative between Switzerland and South-Korea that involves Prof. Patrick Keller from ECAL/University of Art and Design Lausanne (HES-SO), Dr. Sang Ae Park from the Nam June Paik Art Center and archives (NJPAC) in South Korea, and Dr. Christian Babski from fabric | ch, an architecture and information technology collective based in Lausanne. The main long-term objective of this joint and interdisciplinary research, based on the archives of Korean artist Nam June Paik (1932–2006), is to establish novel types of online exhibition curating and design, which must take shape digitally at any viewer's (visitor's) place or housing, and to virtually populate it, in an autonomous way. The results of this initial joint work, which will take the form of a functional "demo" (proof of concept), will be used in parallel to formulate a more detailed research project which will then be submitted to a national funding agency.

AIZI / AI字 / 爱字

AIZI / AI字 / 爱字

Research project

Artificial Intelligence-Aided Type Design AIZI research projects is a collaboration between ECAL and EPFL Computer Vision Laboratory. Its aim is to develop an artificial intelligence tool to help the creation of hanzi. The idea is to train an AI to generate glyphs from a small number of ‘seed’ characters, using Generative Adversarial Network (GAN): two algorithms fighting each other, endlessly attempting to outperform one another. Chinese script is rich of thousands of hanzi, but their construction is, on many point, very logical and systematic. It processes by assembling a limited number of radicals in order to produce new signs. For the designer, a major difficulty is that depending of the surrounding components, the design of the radicals changes, always self-adapting to the context, in order to achieve harmonious forms.

Words form language – Typography forms meaning

Words form language – Typography forms meaning

Research project

This research focusses on ways explored in typography to use letters as means of expression in order to emphasize the semantic, phonetic or visual qualities of language.

Automated Photography

Automated Photography

Research project

The Automated Photography research project (2019–2021) is conducted by Milo Keller in the framework of the MA in Photography at ECAL/University of Art and Design Lausanne. It is a continuation of the research project Augmented Photography, equally conducted at ECAL (2016–2017), which aimed to question the mutability of the digital image, transformed both in its physical materiality and in its virtual expression.

The Emergence of Video Art in Europe (1960–1980): history, theory, sources and archives.

The Emergence of Video Art in Europe (1960–1980): history, theory, sources and archives.

Research project

To date, there is no European-wide history of video art. It is this gap that the present research programme proposes to fill. Firstly by gathering data on the artists, the works and the events that enabled the emergence of this new artistic practice in the 1960s, or that were important in its development in the following years in Europe, and by bringing to light specific national conditions of production and distribution.

Furniture under pressure

Furniture under pressure

Research project

The potential of shape memory materials in furniture design.

Phantom Power

Phantom Power

Research project

Phantom Power questions the social configurations of the non-audible narratives of aural practices in performances and public sound installations.

Enabled by Design

Enabled by Design

Research project

Enabled by Design is a joint research project between EPFL and ECAL, funded by Gebert Rüf Stiftung, which aims to foster collaboration between young entrepreneurs involved in technological projects and designers.

DESIGN MANAGEMENT FOR START-UPS

DESIGN MANAGEMENT FOR START-UPS

Research project

The research project Design management for start-ups focused on the integration of design in innovation processes. Its objective was to promote the use of design within mainly technological start-ups and to create tools and methodologies to foster collaboration between designers and entrepreneurs.

From Video Art to New Media: The Case of the Locarno VideoArt Festival (1980-2001)

From Video Art to New Media: The Case of the Locarno VideoArt Festival (1980-2001)

Research project

This research project looks into the shift from video art to new media, taking a major but little-studied event, the Locarno VideoArt Festival (1980-2001), as a case study: a pioneering space for broadcasting video art in Europe and a place for exploring electronic art which took place every year from 1980 to 2001 on Monte Verità.

Smartphone Peripheral Companions

Smartphone Peripheral Companions

Research project

The research project Smartphone Peripheral Companions explores new forms of interaction with the data flows passing through our smartphone, questioning the status of total object that this device has acquired.

Aural Practices in Visual Arts

Aural Practices in Visual Arts

Research project

The project is an investigation into the creative process of visual art through the concept of aurality, which explores sound, listening and auditory perception from a cultural perspective. It is about stepping beyond object culture to look at listening as part of the broader and richer cultural approach developed by studying the case of ECAL, its (human) actors and (non-human) agents.

Aesthetics of Sustainability

Aesthetics of Sustainability

Research project

Aesthetics of Sustainability aims to explore and define the aesthetics of a new generation of sustainable materials.

Bobst Graphic 1972–1981

Bobst Graphic 1972–1981

Research project

Bobst Graphic, 1972–1981, with a preface by François Rappo, an interview with six important actors and further selected texts, documents, at a distance of 48 years, the hitherto relatively unknown history of a Bobst company division: Bobst Graphic, pioneers in photocomposition.

Archigraphiæ. Rationalist Lettering and Architecture in Fascist Rome

Archigraphiæ. Rationalist Lettering and Architecture in Fascist Rome

Research project

Letterforms carry messages – in public space, they are powerful propaganda tools. Witness to this fact are the inscriptions placed on display by Emperors to showcase their power across the Roman Empire. During a Summer School at the Swiss Institute in Rome, ECAL MA in Type Design and ISIA Urbino students explored a more recent avatar of this communication tool.

Fuori catalogo / Out of production

Fuori catalogo / Out of production

Research project

The Fuori catalogo research project calls into question the way we think about the life cycles of contemporary design objects by shifting focus from a product’s birth and lifespan to its “end moment”.

Swiss Graphic Design and Typography Revisited

Swiss Graphic Design and Typography Revisited

Research project

The research project Swiss Graphic Design and Typography Revisited is divided into three sub-projects: ‘Principles of Education’, ‘Networks of Practice’ and ‘Strategies of Dissemination’. This three-year project is the biggest research collaboration established in the design field since the SNSF began its activities.

Augmented Photography

Augmented Photography

Research project

The Sausage of the Future

The Sausage of the Future

Research project

Can we count on the sausage to provide a solution, in order to reduce the consumption of meat? And can the use of new ingredients increase the diversity of our diets? Can the sausage make a considerable contribution to a sustainable food culture? To answer these questions, a chef of molecular gastronomy, a master butcher and a designer have teamed up to look into sausage production techniques and potential new ingredients – such as insects, nuts, and legumes – to reinvent the sausage of the future.

Exhibited cinema

Exhibited cinema

Research project

Artists’ films, video art and exhibition of moving images in French-speaking Switzerland

Theater, Garden, Bestiary

Theater, Garden, Bestiary

Research project

A Materialist History of Exhibitions

Workflow

Workflow

Research project

Inhabiting and Interfacing the Cloud(s)

Inhabiting and Interfacing the Cloud(s)

Research project

The design research I&IC (Inhabiting and Interfacing the Cloud(s), explores the creation of counter-proposals to the current expression of “Cloud Computing”, particularly in its forms intended for private individuals and end users (“Personal Cloud”).

Senior Living Lab

Senior Living Lab

Research project

The Senior Living Lab is a laboratory dedicated to the quality of life and welfare of seniors and their caregivers.

Hermann Eidenbenz Teaching Graphic Design

Hermann Eidenbenz Teaching Graphic Design

Research project

DSGDM

DSGDM

Research project

Digital Strategies in Genre-Defining Magazines

Process of improvisation: performance and situated action

Process of improvisation: performance and situated action

Research project

Performance and situated action, from social sciences to artistic practices

Heart of glass

Heart of glass

Research project

This project questions the potential for glass in contemporary art and design to adopt a pragmatic approach with a view to producing extraordinary results. This research project also offers a cutting- edge model in the field of creative research, which places students at the heart of the process.

Exhibition and book Vertiginous Parallels

FINE ARTS

Exhibition and book Vertiginous Parallels

Research project

Vertige des correspondances

Vertige des correspondances

Research project

Typographische Monätsblatter

Typographische Monätsblatter

Research project

Atrocity Exhibition

Atrocity Exhibition

Research project

John Graham Ballard’s literary technique influenced by Surrealism, his explicit or indirect references to artworks or artpractices and the relationships the author had with the british Pop artists attest that The Atrocity Exhibition has an affinity with the discipline of contemporary art. The aim of this research project was to design the parameters of an exhibition dedicated to The Atrocity Exhibition. The student-researchers inquired into the status of exhibitions - such as documentary, historical or thematical – and into more recent experimental displays. They decided to conceive an exhibition that articulated documentary restitution and creation. The few selected documents were used to blur the notions of context and reference in order to echo with the ambiguous media criticism in Ballard's work. The display structure created for the exhibition points towards devices as eclectic as contemporary commercial fairs, world’s fairs or  the Independent Group’s Pavilions, in an elliptic and entropic gesture involving oblivion, decay, mutation and sedimentation. A book gathers all the lectures by invited experts, the interventions by the professors and the results of the sudents’ research in the conception of this exhibition. Main applicant Ecole cantonale d’art de Lausanne (ECAL) Julien Fronsacq (project leader) Andreas Hochuli (assistant) Students of Master en Arts Visuels de l’ECAL Partners Circuit, centre d'art contemporain, Lausanne Maison d’Ailleurs, Yverdon-les-Bains Period From February 2012 to February 2013 Publication Atrocity Exhibition Archive Paradoxe Déambulations dans La Foire aux atrocités Published by ECAL with the support of HES-SO Edited by Julien Fronsacq Funded by the HES-SO (University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland)

Multimodal Publishing

Multimodal Publishing

Research project

Tattooar

Tattooar

Research project by Thibault Brevet, Mark Mussler, Happy Pets, Cem Sever

Basics of Creativity

Basics of Creativity

Research project

Hot Tools

PRODUCT DESIGN

Hot Tools

Research project

Offices Unlimited

PRODUCT DESIGN

Offices Unlimited

Research project

On Tour

On Tour

Research project

Anna Schudel – Theoretical thesis

Anna Schudel – Theoretical thesis

Research project

Dramaturgie im Buchdesign  Graphic design

Nathalie Perrin – Theoretical thesis

Nathalie Perrin – Theoretical thesis

Research project

Fabrice Schneider – Theoretical thesis

Fabrice Schneider – Theoretical thesis

Research project

Photography as object. Between sculpture and instrumentalisation Photography

Alexandre Grognuz – Theoretical thesis

Alexandre Grognuz – Theoretical thesis

Research project

Simplicity in graphic design Graphic design

Dimitri de Preux – Theoretical thesis

Dimitri de Preux – Theoretical thesis

Research project

History already-never Fine Arts

Philippe Fragnière – Theoretical thesis

Philippe Fragnière – Theoretical thesis

Research project

News item Photography

Helge Hjorth Bentsen – Theoretical thesis

Helge Hjorth Bentsen – Theoretical thesis

Research project

I am that I am Graphic design

Manon Briod – Theoretical thesis

Manon Briod – Theoretical thesis

Research project

The art of design Industrial design

Juliana Stadelmann – Theoretical thesis

Juliana Stadelmann – Theoretical thesis

Research project

Bad faith Fine arts

Clara Peyrot – Theoretical thesis

Clara Peyrot – Theoretical thesis

Research project

Tell me an object Industrial design

Ruslan Gaynutdinov – Theoretical thesis

Ruslan Gaynutdinov – Theoretical thesis

Research project

Architecture of events Media & interaction design

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