CCC Research Master Programme: Call for applications

The CCC Research Master Programme is one of three Master Programmes of the Visual Arts Department at HEAD – Genève. During the duration of two years, the CCC engages its students collectively and individually in the work on research methodologies for articulating thought processes, group formations and material projects. The objective is to encourage the students to initiate new vocabularies for being in the world in the 21st century. The curriculum follows a trans- and post-disciplinary pedagogy informed by artistic thinking. Its modules consist of Research Practice and Situated Art Practices as well as the Theory Fiction, Critical Studies, the Curatorial, Political Studies and the Reading Group seminars that operate in a bi-lingual (English/French) environment with a transcontinental group of faculty and students.

The letter C stands for critical, curatorial, cybernetic research studies and opens towards horizons of conceptual, constellational, communal, (anti-)colonial, computational, compositional, cross-cultural, contemporary, conversational, cyclonopedic, cyborglike, correlational, cosmic, controversial or confessional investigations. In the context of a Research-Based Master Programme in the Arts of Higher Education in Europe, we need to rethink the localizations of knowledge in relation to our entanglement with geopolitical, post-historical, inhuman and energy infrastructures through questions such as: Which knowledge? Whose knowledge? For which purposes? How do we get there? And what to do with it?

The book Thinking under Turbulence is one possibility to learn more about the CCC Research Master Programme, HEAD – Genève, release in early March 2017.

Thinking under Turbulence is conceived as a working-journal, as print- and online-version, in eleven sequences and one sequel. It brings together voices of closed seminars and public moments of one yearThinking under Turbulence: Geneva Colloquium which framed the 2015/16 transition of the CCC Research-Based Master Programme of the Visual Arts Department at the Haute école d’art et de design, HEAD – Genève. Thinking under turbulence operates in transgenerational time. It demands to question the dominance of one school of critique or one culture for taking collective positions. Thinking under turbulence departs and inscribes itself in our lived experiences as planetary subjects from which we must re-engineer our thinking. In other words, if there is “slow violence” (Rob Nixon) that inscribes itself across generations and geographies—often at thresholds of undetectability—then there must be slow revolution that stands with “revolutionary patience” as blogger and theorist Mark Fisher argued a year ago. More needs to be done.

Contributors and interlocutors to Thinking under Turbulence are Nabil Ahmed, Ursula Biemann, Yann Chateigné, Laboria Cuboniks/Helen Hester, Gregory Dapra, Kodwo Eshun, Anselm Franke, Laure Giletti, Fabien Giraud, Pierre Hazan, Yoneda Lemma, Armin Linke, Doreen Mende, Eric Philippoz, Griselda Pollock, farid rakun (ruangrupa), Gene Ray, Ida Soulard, Françoise Vergès and Eyal Weizman, among others, in conversation with CCC-students 2015/16 Aurélien Ballif, Naouel Ben Aziza, Marie Berthout Van Berchem, Mandarava Bricaire, Duke Choi, Marguerite Davenport, Ana Raquel Ermida Gomes, Emmanuelle Esmail-Zavieh, Camille Kaiser, Charlyne Kolly, Alba Lage, Viola Lukács, Raphaëlle Mueller, Diego Orihuela, Camilla Paolino, Charles-Elie Payré, Julia Pecheur, Geneviève Romang, Stéphanie Serra, Dragos Tara, Adelina Tsagkari, Tina Wetchy and Yael Wicki. All contributions are original material in 192 pages.

Published by HEAD – Genève / CCC Research Master Programme and Motto Books. ISBN 978-2-940524-55-6.

CCC Research Master Programme application requirements include a Bachelor degree or similar qualification. A clear 600 words research proposal with bibliography. Letter of interest. CV with selected works, projects, studies or work experiences. Contacts of two referees. Thesis can be written in English and/or French. Geneva is located in the French-speaking part of Switzerland. Admission interviews via skype or in person at CCC between May 2 and 4, 2017. The academic year 2017/18 starts on September 18, 2017.

Online applications: www.head-geneve.ch
All conditions and admission procedures available under the Admissions’ tab

CCC Programme Responsible: Doreen Mende. Professors: Pierre Hazan, Samia Henni, Doreen Mende, Anne-Julie Raccoursier, Gene Ray. Visiting Professor: Kodwo Eshun. Assistants: Camilla Paolino, Mélissa Tun Tun. In 2016/17, Curriculum-related alliances and PhD-Forum partnerships take place with the Dutch Art Institute in Arnhem, the Harun Farocki Institut and the Research Center for Proxy Politics in Berlin.

For more information, please contact ccc.head@hesge.ch or consult head.hesge.ch

Deadline: April 7, 2017.