Multidisciplinary Workshops Art
Upon its creation in 1972, erg has acknowledged the opening up and the permeability of contemporary artistic practices. As today terms like globalization or transversality are still debated and crucial issues, a teaching limited to a single orientation cannot respond efficiently to the constant mutation of artistic practices in contemporary society. Multidisciplinarity contributes to this current debate. The AP is compulsory, and its pedagogy is based on research and experimentation in relation to the students’ personal projects.
The Art Department
Within the Art Department, the Pluridisciplinary Workshop (Atelier pluridisciplinaire – AP) is at the junction of all practices, both individual and collective. As the nucleus of the art department, all the outcomes are articulated around it. Intended as a laboratory for contemporary experimentation and production, the AP allows each student to broaden their practical scope, placing their personal project in a contemporary perspective relevant to the current stakes of art.
A support workshop linked to the courses included in thus department: drawing, painting, sculpture, performance-installation, video, photography and digital arts.
The AP (Pluridisciplinary Workshop) is a place dedicated to experimentation that seeks out and values new, uncomfortable, and “unlikely” ideas, and blending artistic, visual and sound practices. It aims at discovering the field of art, its current state, its variety, its methods, its modes of thinking, its spaces of existence and its multiple mediums.
The AP seeks to establish a group dynamics (assignments to small groups of students organized in terms of affinities) while encouraging a creative approach. Punctual exercises are conceived in the form of headings containing various possibilities according to each student’s medium of choice in order to develop their personal reflection on art while drawing out and framing current critical issues in contemporary art.
Building on their acquired experience, students develop an autonomous, personal practice in a chosen field. At this stage, the course is focused on these personal practices. The education team is composed of two professors with complementary outlooks, allowing for transdisciplinary perspectives. The educational framework of the AP seeks to help each student develop and broaden their personal practice and elaborate its mediation. To that end, the students are invited to display and present their work on a regular basis and to provide a clear and critical account of their practical approach – preparing them to the goals of the final dissertation, along with its relevance and formal quality. At the end of the year, the students with present their orientations in a dissertation. The third year of Bachelor provides access to a degree. Students should therefore be prepared to present their practice, stepping from the personal to the public sphere.