The Urban Space department trains artists capable of intervening in the contexts of urban territories with a multiplicity of artistic tools, particularly conceptual ones.
This multidisciplinary/transdisciplinary workshop is not primarily oriented towards the formal treatment of space, but intends to encourage the most open research, processes and artistic experimentation, outside of any predetermined practice. By promoting a singular and autonomous approach, it aims to make the student capable of transforming an experience of the world into an artistic project. The pedagogical system is structured around situations, individual research, and collective proposals (workshops, residencies, site visits, meetings, thematic modules, exhibition practices). These prospective situations require the student to respond in a way that highlights the qualities of observation, method, knowledge, and know-how, as well as skills in the area of invention and artistic creation. The urban space (dynamic reality, imagined or virtual space, political object, gendered space, connected or monitored space, global or generic city, ...) is approached as a territory of daily contacts or cohabitation of a plurality of groups with often contradictory interests. A variety of theoretical knowledge (urban sciences, urban sociology, spatial anthropology, fieldwork, participant observation, critical geography, urban ecology) is used to help students understand territories, act and share their questions with the various participants.
The Bachelor's program is composed of research workshops aimed at understanding the notion of "territory" in its material or immaterial realities, and of technical contributions that follow one another in a pedagogical continuity: initiation to complex formatting, installation practices, furtive interventions, production of devices or spatial situations (in/ex situ), acquisition of different modes of representation and writing (drawing, video, photography, performance, three-dimensional construction, models, etc.) in order to fix one's observations and hypotheses.
The Master's program validates the student's ability to engage in reflective and argued personal work. The student is invited to evaluate the stakes and limits of his or her personal hypotheses, to analyze the methods of implementation, to identify useful indicators at different stages in order to better understand his or her own practice and to identify the places where meaning emerges.
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