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Workshop de Materialized Photography

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Workshop de Materialized Photography

Workshop avec Mazaccio & Drowilal, MAP

Durant cet atelier d'une semaine, les étudiant·e·s ont été confrontés chaque matin à un défi sculptural et, l'après-midi, ils ont continué à développer leurs projets semestriels avec les conseils du duo d'artistes Mazaccio & Drowilal.

Workshop de Automated Photography

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Workshop de Automated Photography

Workshop avec Marco De Mutiis

Dans cet atelier intensif d'une semaine, le curateur digital Marco de Mutiis a demandé aux étudiant·e·s de créer un projet photographique à l'aide d'un processus de ludification ou autrement automatisé.

Book making workshop

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Book making workshop

Workshop avec Nicolas Polli

Lancement du livre Higurashi

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Lancement du livre Higurashi

Autre avec Milo Keller, MAP

In Summer 2019, thirteen students from the ECAL Master’s in Photography programme supervised by Milo Keller travelled to Japan to work on thirteen individual projects in collaboration with Japanese photographer Taisuke Koyama within the framework of the Tokyo Photographic Research project. The students’ artworks range from still and moving images to computer-generated photographic visuals and explore multiple facets of the Japanese megalopolis which is, once again, undergoing major transformation in preparation for the 2020 Summer Olympic Games. Some projects focus on aspects specific to the city, from the destruction of small residential houses to the construction of the gigantic Olympic Village and the conquest of new territories by the sea. Other works investigate distinctive Japanese culture such as home-cooked food, the appetite for designing humanoid robots, the blending of child and adult worlds in manga, pachinko gambling, the reinvention of ikebana and young girls as ‘rising stars.’ Finally, the works seek to visually represent more abstract concepts such as loneliness, emptiness and intimacy in a city that, due to its density, size and power, offers a challenging, fascinating and extremely stimulating complexity to the eyes of the thirteen photographers. Higurashi has been presented at Espace Commines in Paris in November 2021, inside the exhibition Automated Photography during Paris Photo. Head of Photography Milo Keller Invited TeacherTaisuke Koyama Assistants Florian Amoser Calum Douglas Graphic Design Thomas Le Provost Typefaces Craft by ECAL/Benoit Brun & Raphaël De la Morinerie ITC Garamond Std Head of Culture and Communications Embassy of Switzerland in Japan Jonas Pulver DGES/Summer University Maxline Stettler Photography Students Emidio Battipaglia Robin Bervini Jasmine Deporta Anja Karolina Furrer Alessia Gunawan Christian Harker Jung-Ting Hu Johanna Hullár Philipp Klak Doruk Kumkumoglu Igor Pjörrt Jelly Luise Gedvile Tamosiunaite Publisher ECAL/University of Art and Design Lausanne higurashi.zone Higurashi is available at ecal-shop.ch .

Manqin Zhang – I'm not a Loner

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Manqin Zhang – I'm not a Loner

Projet de diplôme par Manqin Zhang

I’m not a Loner est une installation basée sur des photos où Manqin agit comme une archéologue qui creuse dans la partie oubliée et insignifiante de la vie. L’œuvre se compose de trois toupies en résine, quatre blocs de béton, cinq tee-shirts, douze briquets et deux assiettes. En les traitant comme des artefacts historiques, l’œuvre entend construire un récit de l’histoire individuelle à travers des souvenirs, des relations et des objets. Alors que l’histoire individuelle décrit la peur, la colère et la culpabilité – personnelles, familiales, sociétales et historiques, Manqin souhaite accroître le rôle de l’individu dans l’histoire pour évoquer l’importance d’être soi-même et faire face à l’aliénation moderne.

Olivia Wünsche – New State of Equilibrium

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Olivia Wünsche – New State of Equilibrium

Projet de diplôme par Olivia Wünsche

Mention Très bien Prix Profot New State of Equilibrium est une interprétation visuelle de ma quête spirituelle et de mes aventures psychédéliques. La paix intérieure, le sentiment d’être profondément connecté, l’amour infini pour le monde naturel et la soif de transcendance sont les thèmes centraux que j’ai essayé de visualiser tout au long de ce projet. Le livre et l’installation questionnent et investiguent des mécanismes et des limites de notre perception cognitive et sensorielle. En soulignant la présence simultanée du visible et de l’invisible, je veux remettre en question la vision matérialiste et séculaire qui semble encore régner dans notre culture occidentale.

Sara Bastai – RAM_1.0

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Sara Bastai – RAM_1.0

Projet de diplôme par Sara Bastai

RAM 1.0 est un projet issu de la collaboration entre moi-même et l’Intelligence Artificielle. C’est un récit fictif de ma vie, basé sur mes archives visuelles, mais médiatisé par l’IA. Le projet explore l’importance de la construction d’une archive dans le domaine numérique. Focalisé sur l’interaction entre les images et le texte, je laisse l’IA analyser mes souvenirs pour ensuite les réinterpréter et créer de nouvelles images. De nouveaux souvenirs fabriqués se présentent sous la forme de livres différents et de diaporamas proposés sur une installation modulaire. Flottant entre l’humain et le non-humain, le dialogue entre moi-même et la machine prend naissance et vous permet de vous immerger dans un nouvel ensemble de données de mes souvenirs à travers le regard de la technologie.

Natalie Maximova – THERE IS NO SPOON

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Natalie Maximova – THERE IS NO SPOON

Projet de diplôme par Natalie Maximova

Mention Bien Cette œuvre est une interprétation de la possibilité que nous vivions dans une réalité générée par ordinateur, semblable à un jeu vidéo, inspirée par les idées de la théorie de la simulation. Le monde est construit comme un assemblage de structures sans âme, sans indication de temps ou de lieu. Le changement rapide des styles architecturaux tout au long de ce voyage explique l’ambiguïté de la théorie de la simulation et l’impossibilité de la prouver. Il y a des multitudes d’architectures et d’imaginations, il y a donc des multitudes de mystères. C’est un voyage à mi-chemin entre le rêve et le cauchemar. En l’absence d’une compréhension totale, que pouvons-nous faire d’autre que d’aller de l’avant ? Installation vidéo: animation CGI créée dans le moteur de jeu, son multicanal.

Exquisite Corpse expérience de RV

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Exquisite Corpse expérience de RV

Workshop avec Milo Keller

A l'occasion de la Biennale dell' immagine Chiasso, les étudiant·e·s de 2e année en Master Photographie proposent, du 17 au 19 septembre, «Exquisite Corpse» – une série de projets en Réalité Virtuelle (VR) dans le Palestra CPC. Direction artistique: Milo Keller Assistants: Florian Amoser Robin Bervini Etudiant·e·s: Emma Bedos Alexey Chernikov Mahalia “Taje” Giotto Clemens Fischer Nikolai Frerichs Hikaru Hori Augustin Lignier Sophie Schreurs Alisa Strub Yang Su

Maeva Bosko – Step into the unknown

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Maeva Bosko – Step into the unknown

Projet de diplôme par Maeva Bosko

Entering the Unknown is an immersive experience that tends to alter the consciousness during an introspective journey. Because of its wild and authentic side, the forest has always bewitched the collective mind. A nature of peace but also a kingdom of mysteries, the forest gives off an almost supernatural force. To cross the threshold of the forest, because of its deep roots, is to open the door of the unconscious and to trigger the awakening of panic fears, terrors or even phobias. According to Jung, these terrors translate the fear of seeing the contents of the unconscious revealed, the fear of meeting oneself.Starting from the conscious world you gonna dive to reach the world of the unconscious. A fall into the realms of the unknown.

Joanna Wierzbicka – Nothing is connected to everything; everything is connected to something

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Joanna Wierzbicka – Nothing is connected to everything; everything is connected to something

Projet de diplôme par Joanna Wierzbicka

What is a body, where does it start, where does it end? How do we experience having a body and being a body, especially among other bodies? How can we resituate ourselves within earth others, and rethink relations on a wider level between human and nonhuman actants to account for a more ethical living? The project aims to interrogate the notion of bodily matter, recapture our corporeality and challenge the assumption that our bodies end at the skin. Instead, they are redefined as radically open systems, human and non-human assemblages, corporeal chimeras, microbiotic multi-species in the constant process of becoming. Matter, when recognised as an active agent, helps to acknowledge infinite interactions within complex networks of agency between various porous corporealities and entities. Trans-corporeality disrupts divisions between a body and the world. Bodies leave traces everywhere, ascribing themselves into various corporeal, technological, political narratives, but also traces are ascribed onto bodies - mediating and altering their flesh. As captured by Haraway in the figuration of compost - we are always becoming with others, together creating a lively matter of compost, composing and decomposing each other. “Nothing is connected to everything, everything is connected to something” takes a form of an installation, a speculative self-portrait as compost, built out of images of my own body (made with different apparatuses including Scanning Electron Microscope, digital microscopes) mixed with still lifes of food and different materials representing the transformation and movement, as in compost. Additionally, sculptures are accompanied by the video that expands on the idea of corporeal companionship and brings in the notion of uncanny-like lump of flesh covered with skin. It is a performative act, a result of wondering how to become a microorganism, a bacteria and if I am already enough of one. All the parts of installation, exploring the line between oppositions such as human/nonhuman, internal/external, self/the other, refer to the definition of an abject and are meant to translate that moment, or a sensation - how a breakdown in meaning, something expelled from “I” eventually comes to define “I”.

Extraits de mémoires en Master Photography

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Extraits de mémoires en Master Photography

Projet de mémoire avec Anniina Koivu

AUTHOR: Sara Bastai TITLE: How to build a collective memory in the digital realm? SUBTITLE: Depicting humankind through methods of preservation It seems, sometimes, like today’s main focus of interest lies in how future societies will perceive us. The traces we might leave behind can significantly impact the history and interpretation of our current present. Can we rely on digital preservation? What should we document for the future? How can we represent and preserve society in the 21st century without being reduced to mere computational information processing? This master thesis is a speculative reflection on our current and past methods of preservation of social history. ------ AUTHOR: Maeva Bosko TITLE: Dream worlds SUBTITLE: What happens when we’re asleep? Since my early childhood, I have dreamt a lot. Sweet, pleasant or strange dreams, nightmares, sometimes even lucid dreams. Night is when I escape to these virtual worlds. But what are these worlds? Why are they so different from my ordinary waking world? I’ve even gotten to the point, on various occasions, when I preferred these dream states to my everyday reality. This is a research project into the world of dreams as an attempt to decode the unconsciousness in relation to the virtual universe and reality we experience at night. ------ AUTHOR: Natalie Maximova TITLE: Walking the landscape, in video games With a focus on landscape representation in video games called “walking simulators”, this thesis attempts to uncover questions related to a complex and ambiguous notion of landscape, from its original conception to today. During my research, I applied the interpretive approach of “reading” and decoding landscapes that have been used by geographers, as well as sociologists, artists and historians. Video game landscapes could be thought of as a system consisting of natural, man-made and cultural forces which can be identified and studied. The landscape in this case plays as a medium that combines, holds and channels these forces. If video game environments exist as part of our culture, what kind of connections do these virtual spaces form? This thesis tries to uncover processes behind the construction of the “natural” in video game environments. ------ AUTHOR: Joanna Wierzbicka TITLE: Why should our bodies end at the skin? SUBTITLE: Rethinking bodily matter beyond a humanist imagination This thesis follows the turn to matter within the fields of body studies, posthuman feminist theory, and new materialism in order to rethink the definition of what a body is and, more importantly, what a body can do. The main research objective is to find out how through questioning the definition of a body and the use of metaphorical thinking in this process, we can establish a more ethical living ground among other bodies. ------ AUTHOR: Olivia Wünsche TITLE: Myths shape reality After having lived a deeply transformative psychedelic experience, all previously held beliefs and perceptions which conditioned my relationship to the surrounding reality, suddenly broke free from the prison of mental programming and limited awareness. Different aspects of this internal change manifested through an almost visceral connection to the Earth. I started to direct my attention towards subjects revolving around environmental and humanitarian crisis, simultaneously wanting to find the cause that has led to our current state of separateness, in which we distance ourselves from others and from nature. I understood quite rapidly that socio-political problem-solving is undoubtedly urgent and indispensable, however it remains shallow and incomplete by treating symptoms without curing the cause. ------ AUTHOR: Zhang Manqin TITLE: A diamond-shaped egg This master thesis is based on different tools that can be used to explore the power of memory. Closely related to the author’s “I’m not a loner” photo installation, this research project combines fictional writing with the documentary approach of a diary.

Materialized Photography

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Materialized Photography

Projet d’atelier avec Rachel de Joode

Les étudiants de première année ont bénéficié du soutien de l'artiste Rachel de Joode, qui les a incités à adopter une approche plus plastique dans leur manière de concevoir et de présenter des images physiques.

Self Initiated Project

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Self Initiated Project

Projet d’atelier avec Bruno Ceschel, MAP

Cours de première année avec Bruno Ceschel

VR Workshop

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VR Workshop

Workshop avec Milo Keller, Robin Bervini

Atelier d'introduction à la réalité virtuelle animé par Milo Keller avec l'assistance technique de Florian Amoser et Robin Bervini. Pendant cette introduction de 5 jours, les étudiants ont appris à utiliser Unreal Engine 4 pour prototyper et tester leurs scènes en temps réel. En travaillant en binôme, chacun d'entre eux a commencé à développer un module d'une expérience VR globale qui sera présentée à la Biennale dell'immagine 2021 à Chiasso.

Iconic

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Iconic

Workshop avec Lauren Huret, MAP

In this workshop, first and second year students had group discussions around what makes an image iconic and developed group and individual projects. The workshop was tutored by Lauren Huret

Materialized Photography

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Materialized Photography

Projet d’atelier avec MAP, Alix Marie

In this course tutored by guest lecturer Alix Marie, the second year students conceptualized and executed strategies to coherently materialize their image in the space.

Automated Photography

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Automated Photography

Projet d’atelier avec Marco De Mutiis

Cours Automated Photography des 2ème Master dirigé par Marco De Mutiis.

Self Initiated Project / Automated Photography

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Self Initiated Project / Automated Photography

Projet d’atelier avec Milo Keller

First-year students worked on self-initiated projects tutored by Milo Keller. Students had the option to propose projects that would explore technologies and themes related to the current master's research project Automated Photography.

Applied Photography

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Applied Photography

Projet d’atelier avec MAP, Charles Negre

The first year students have been tasked with creating a story for Klima magazine. The course was tutored by Charles Negres.

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