History and current events in the arts / Complementary history of art and extra-European arts / Theoretical practices

De erg

Teachers : collective

With: Raya Baudinet-Lindberg, Sébastien Biset, Elke de Rijcke, David Evrard, Catherine Mayeur, Toma Muteba Luntumbue, Raphaël Pirenne

Module in the form of a seminar, in November and March.

1 Issues and objectives

2 General practical organisational arrangements

3 General principles

4 Calendar

Issues and objectives

-This workshop takes for granted the obsolescence of the practical/theoretical divide: all theory is practical, all practice is theoretical.

-It will be a question of activating practical applications of the theory in the form of a "seminar" or "workshop".

-The main questions underlying this workshop are simple, and complex in the answers that could be given: how and what does it mean to put theory into practice for students at our school? and, what conceptions can we have of theory here at the erg? finally, how does it operate? what specific methodologies can we deploy to question a research object?

General practical organisational methods

-The course is elective and has a limited capacity, to a maximum of 30 students.

-It is managed collectively by a group of teachers (practice/theory) from within the Erg with the possibility of inviting external speakers.

-The hours allocated to the course are divided equally among the different professors, and the status is that of lecturer.

-Methods of evaluation: continuous evaluation, involving the presence of students in all the activities organized, an active participation on their part is required in order to feed the theoretical workshop.

General principles

-A research "object" is submitted by the faculty. It is the basis on which the workshop will be built.

-This object is sufficiently open to be used by different methodologies and language settings; these methodologies and language settings may be theoretical, speculative, practical, fictional, etc., and may be of a theoretical, speculative, practical, fictional, etc. nature.

-The challenge is to determine a path towards this object through the reflexive and critical deployment of a specific methodology. The challenge is also to determine a landscape around, in, towards this "object" through the deployment of experiences that can range, for example, from discussion to dance, from reading to the accumulation of images, physical or mental.

-This same object is treated in the form of scenarios. This scenario integrates: the proposed methodology, which approach(es)? which tool(s)? which reference(s)? which form(s), etc. to engage in research and reflection on this object; it also integrates the matrix of a mise en langage of this methodology, this mise en langage being able to take different forms.


1. A general presentation session is scheduled in the first week of the new school year for all Bac 3 students so that they can choose among the elective courses.

2. A specific presentation session will be organised in October: the chosen research subject will be proposed, the general and dynamic principles of the workshop will be specified, the general structure of the workshop will be explained (calendar), the expectations will also be set out (attendance, participation, evaluation system), an impulse experiment will be envisaged in parallel, it will be determined according to the subject, it may take place at erg or elsewhere. Date to be agreed. A priori 4h.

3. The first main time is organised in November, during the week of 18 to 22 November, i.e. the week dedicated to the annual erg seminar. Four days of 6 hours are planned for this week. The schedule can be adapted according to this. It is mainly dedicated to presentations made by the teachers, followed by collective discussion with the students concerning the methodologies used, the theoretical issues involved, the language choices made, etc. The individual presentations gradually give way to a collective treatment of singular points of view on this subject.

4. Two 3-hour sessions are scheduled between January and March to allow students to prepare for the second main session. These are times for meeting with students and discussing the work that will be presented in pairs or tri-groups, so that they can present any questions they may have. One day in January, during the Winter School, a second one in February, at a date to be agreed upon.

5. The second main time is organised in March, during the Creation and Research Week, from 23rd to 26th March. Four days of 5 hours each are scheduled during this week. The schedule may be adapted accordingly. It is mainly dedicated to presentations by the students of the school.