Erg and International
Over the past decade, the erg has established a series of partnerships with institutions in Europe and around the world. These bilateral exchanges allow students to broaden their artistic knowledge while continuing their studies and for teachers to re-examine their practice from new perspectives. Erg's teaching is characterized by its transdisciplinarity and collaboration with numerous institutions and practices. These educational priorities are worked on with the Erg teaching team in conjunction with a program of invitations to personalities from the artistic, scientific and humanities fields, whose presence at the school takes the form of workshops, seminars and public interventions. These partnerships contribute to positioning the school as a flagship institution for teaching and artistic research in Europe, and to setting up and promoting projects that reinforce the erg's recognition as a pedagogical laboratory. The choice of partners is therefore based on the possibilities of working on innovative and complementary practices, thus aiming to enhance the crossbreeding of cultures, to develop a transversality between the mediums offered in the erg curriculum and to deepen the questions naturally raised by an artistic cooperation between different cultures. Thus, we are attentive to developing together, through these numerous exchanges within and outside the EU, a reflection on an alternative to Eurocentrism (by privileging a plural and non-ethnocentric point of view), thus building a transcultural contemporary pedagogical artistic project. Partnerships can therefore be set up according to different timeframes: in the very long term, thus perpetuating student and teacher mobilities in a constant flow; sometimes in the medium term when it is a question of setting up specific and punctual teaching structures. Thus, our long-standing bilateral agreement with Besançon has made it possible, among other things, to initiate and develop the European project Teaching To Transgress Toolbox, in the framework of strategic partnerships, in consortium with the University of Gothenburg. The teachers are fully involved in the bilateral agreement process and ensure the greatest possible diversity, thus including in the erg's pedagogical project the know-how and good practices implemented within our partner institutions. In collaboration with its academic advisors, the Erg strives to offer all students an education that implements measures aimed at eliminating or reducing the material, pedagogical, cultural, social and psychological barriers encountered. Here again, the partner's position on these issues is essential and is the subject of constant vigilance. As far as student mobility is concerned, the erg has always fully integrated academic recognition and the application of ECTS rules, thus guaranteeing great fluidity and optimization of exchange stays, whether for courses or internships. Students are selected on the basis of their ability to develop their personal artistic project in the host institution and to confront practices that are situated in theoretical and formal risk zones. The erg being in essence a place of research, it can only be anchored in a sustainable way in the Erasmus+ program, by decompartmentalizing pedagogies and by stimulating continuous interaction with other places, spaces, institutional or not.