Apply for Trans – socially committed artistic practices at HEAD – Genève

Sofie Schubert, Für Ei, 2014. Fabrice, 130 x 100 cm. From "I am Part of the Community" series. Photograph: Corentin Gobeli. © HEAD - Genève.

Apply for Trans – socially committed artistic practices at HEAD – Genève
Geneva University of Art and Design (HEAD)
Trans – Mediation, Education

Application deadline: March 27, 2015
HEAD – Genève
Boulevard James-Fazy 15
1201 – Geneva

Trans –, a freshly redesigned Master's program in Visual Arts at HEAD – Genève, encourages and develops practices that question the relationships between art and society. Within this new framework, transpedagogy—the fact of blending art and education in order to create innovative forms of knowledge exchange and production—is taught and applied. On this new basis, the program has been specifically conceived for individuals and groups who are interested in integrating in artistic, authorial and cultural producer practice a reflection on modes of collaborative production, on questions of address and reception, as well as on art envisaged as a possible vector for social transformation.

At the very core of the curriculum, Trans – sets up a three semesters long collaborative project that involves the participants along with cultural and social actors: this nucleus creates a shared workspace in which this interdisciplinary group cooperates with a series of institutional and non-institutional partners. This pedagogical structure is built in close relationship with the students' own practices. It aims to foster a conscious, ethical and problematized approach of artistic work in a social context, leaning in particular on alternative, critical and feminist pedagogies. The participants are directly involved in the different steps of the conception, of the development and of the documentation of the program's activities.

In order to broaden intellectual and professional perspectives, Trans – invites international guests, artists or researchers in the field of socially engaged art practices and of critical gallery education, such as Claire Bishop, Neil Cummings, Janna Graham, Pablo Helguerra, Nora Landkammer, Olivier Marboeuf, Mathieu Menghini, Carmen Mörsch, Nora Sterfeld, Syndicat Potentiel, Théâtre de l'Usine. It develops a network of partners, in particular with study programs pursuing similar goals. Trans – proposes different forms of public addresses (projects, open seminars, un-conferences, meetings, etc.) to open the frame for discussion about the role of artists in society. Trans – program offers professional perspectives in gallery education, artistic intervention in formal or informal educational contexts, art practices in social contexts and citizen museography.

The application deadline is March 27.

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