The faculty and visiting professors, all practitioners in contemporary art and culture, are committed to cross-cultural debates, research and different modes of production. The faculty includes associate professors, lecturers, instructors, associate researchers, theoreticians and artists.
The assistants collaborate to the teaching, coordinate the curriculum, monitor student work and ensure the coordination of the courses programme, the editing of the Newsletter and the online newspaper and accomplish their research under the tutorship of the members of the Faculty.
ad interim coordination 2014-2015
Anne-Julie Raccoursier, coordinator ad interim, associate professor since 2011, provides students assistance with the productions of their research projects through the media of video, photo, and self-edition. Her academic inquiry more particularly in alternative pedagogy, feminist studies, media and youth culture informs her ongoing artistic explorations. As an artist she is involved in conceptual and discursive interventions using installations and videos. Her artistic projects are widely published and exhibited in leading international venues. Holder of a MA degree (2003) in critical studies from the California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles (CalArts) and of a diploma (in curatorial and gender studies) from Ecole supérieure des beaux-arts Geneva in 1999, she currently investigates popular culture and the role of the mass media and in so doing, provides a framework for researching and intervening in socio-political realities. She also teaches at Ecole cantonale d’art du Valais, in Sierre.
Laura von Niederhäusern, coordinator ad interim, scientific assistant, gives seminars in the frame of Situated Artistic Practice Studio, focusing on film studies. She also coordinates the Pre-Doctorate/PhD Seminar. Using media such as film, film installations, essay writings, visual lectures, book and film edition, her work explores the potential forms of non-capitalist subjectivities. She has an extended knowledge of German and French literature and film studies. She is co-founder and member of the association Uqbar (www.uqbar.ch) specialized in book and film edition (Les Editions d’Uqbar et Les Films d’Uqbar). She realised two film-essays, one discussing " the meaning of work” Ici et maintenant, (41 min, 2009), another one on education Devenir zéro, (43 min, 2011). She graduated from HEAD in 2009 and got her MA diploma in 2011. As a former assistant (2009-2013.) she collaborated to several research projects among which Politics of Memory and Art Practices [PIMPA] and Re-projecting Ecologies through Artistic Practices and Critical Theory [RE_ACT] de 2011 à 2012, for which she actively contributed to the proposal for SNSF.
Catherine Quéloz, honorary professor HES-SO in history/theory of art and Cultural Studies, research supervisor and advisor
Liliane Schneiter, professor HES-SO in history of medieval and modern art and in critical studies of history (Walter Benjamin and Frankfurt School), research mentor and advisor
Catherine Quéloz, professor of history/theory of art and Cultural Studies, is researcher in the conceptual discursive and interventionist art practices informed by gender and postcolonial issues. Initiator of a Curatorial (1987) and Cultural Studies (1998) programme, she is, since 1998, the cofounder, together with Liliane Schneiter, of CCC Research-Based Master Programme and Pre-Doctorate/PhD Seminar at Geneva University of Art and Design. She is currently co-leading (with Pierre Hazan) a research project supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF) on art practices and politics of memory. She collaborates with two ongoing research projects, one on the Emerging Cultures of Sustainability [ECoS] – currently The Anthropocene Atlas of Geneva [TAAG] – and the other one on alternative pedagogies in the economic system of education.
Giairo Daghini, PhD in philosophy, is honorary professor of the Institut d’architecture, University of Geneva and editor-in-chief of Faces, revue d’architectures from 1985 to 2000. Researcher on the urban becoming, he studies specific issues on the notions of the multitude and the metropolis. He shares his knowledge with the CCC Programme as a specialist of the Frankfurt School (more particularly of Walter Benjamin) and of the French Theory, Michel Foucault, Gilles Deleuze et Félix Guattari (with whom he collaborated). Associate Researcher, volunteer professor and consultant, he regularly contributes to the Programme activities with intensive seminars.
Liliane Schneiter, is a professor HES-SO, volunteer mentor and consultant. She temporarily, regularly and intensively interacts with the Programme activities. Professor and founding co-coordinator (from 2000) of the CCC Research-Based Master Programme, she held a position as an art history/theory professor and founder of the Walter Benjamin/Cybermedia Seminar. She taught critical studies (Walter Benjamin) French philosophy (Foucault, Deleuze and Guattari) and political studies, connecting this knowledge to art history/theory of modern and medieval times as well as to cyberculture. She developed a cybermedia/cyberculture course and built, together with the students, the first study website (1998-2008) in ESBA (HEAD) investigating on Network art and Internet art collectives.
Pierre Hazan, doctor in political science, is, since 2008, associate professor of political studies at CCC Programme, where he is leading a research project on the Politics of Memory and Art Practices [PIMPA], supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) from 2012 to 2014. He is also lecturer at University of Geneva Department of Political Science and International Relations and associate professor at University of Neuchâtel, MA in Journalism and Communication. As a journalist, Pierre Hazan reported on numerous conflicts (former Yugoslavia, Rwanda, and others) and produced TV documentaries. Senior Fellow at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington D.C. (2006-2007), as well as at Harvard Law School (2005-2006), and one of the founding members of the Human Rights International Film Festival (FIFDH) in Geneva, Pierre Hazan he is an expert in international justice and post-conflict justice in societies in transition. He is the author of many books including Judging War, Judging History, Behind Truth and Reconciliation, Stanford University Press, 2011.
Anne-Julie Raccoursier, coordinator ad interim, associate professor since 2011, provides students assistance with the productions of their research projects through the media of video, photo, and self-edition. Her academic inquiry more particularly in alternative pedagogy, feminist studies, media and youth culture informs her ongoing artistic explorations. As an artist she is involved in conceptual and discursive interventions using installations and videos. (cf. ad interim coordination 2014-15)
Gene Ray, associate professor, has taught Critical Studies at CCC since 2008. He is currently leading the research project The Anthropocene Atlas of Geneva [TAAG]. Holder of a PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies (Philosophy, Art History, Comparative Literature and Film Studies) from the University of Miami (1997), he writes on the intersections of art, critical theory and radical politics, with special emphasis on the Frankfurt School. His essays have appeared in such journals as Third Text, Historical Materialism, Yale Journal of Criticism. He is author of Terror and the Sublime in Art and Critical Theory (Palgrave Macmillan, 2005 & 2010) and co-editor of two books published at Mayfly, among which Critique of Creativity: Precarity, Subjectivity and Resistance in the ‘Creative Industries (2011) as well as a Third Text special issue on Tactical Media (2008). A former German Chancellor’s Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, he has taught at University of Hawaii and New College of Florida and has lectured widely in North America and Europe. His collaborative projects include the Radical Culture Research Collective.
Sylvain Froidevaux, associate researcher, doctor in anthropology and musician regularly leads, in cooperation with the CCC Faculty, students collaborative projects and participates to CCC evaluation sessions. Over the last ten years he has been developing cultural projects and social research programs in partnership with artists, civil society actors and scientists in Switzerland, Europe and Africa.
Aurélien Gamboni, as an associate researcher, he leads in cooperation with the CCC Faculty, students collaborative project and regularly participates to the evaluation sessions. Since 2012, he cooperates to the research project The Anthropocene Atlas of Geneva [TAAG], led by Prof. Gene Ray, submitted to the Swiss National Scientific Fund for support. His research focuses on artistic and literary representations of environmental issues. Holder of a Master degree from Programme of experimentation in arts and politics (SPEAP) at Sciences Po Paris (2011) and from CCC Programme, he is a membre of several collectives among which “Save as Draft », which addresses issues related to the scientific, aesthetic and political representations of climate change. He develops long-term inquiries by the means of art and literature, which take the form of written essays, exhibitions, conferences and performances. He makes interventions in both academic and artistic contexts, including a performance at Théâtre de l’Usine in Geneva (2012) and a contribution to the publication Puissances de l’illusion (Presses Universitaires de Grenoble, 2013).
Marianne Guarino-Huet and Olivier Desvoignes, artists and independent mediators, are the founding members of the collaborative group microsillons. They lead, in cooperation with the CCC Faculty, students collaborative project and regularly participates to the evaluation sessions. Holders of a CCC diploma in 2006 and assistants at the Programme from 2006 à 2009, they are currently completing a PhD degree at Chelsea College of Art, London. Their respective projects rely on alternative education to build artistic collaborative devices with diverse communities. Mindful to local resources and sustainable work, they develop local projects addressed to micro-audiences (school children, artists collectives, members of an association, institution).
Denis Pernet is a curator, art critic and writer. He leads in cooperation with the CCC Faculty, students collaborative project and regularly participates to the evaluation sessions. As a junior researcher, he participated to the FNS project Memory Politics and Art Practices (PIMPA). He holds a MA diploma from CCC Research-Based Master Programme where he was an assistant from 2000 to 2003. he began his institutional career at Contemporary Art Center where he curated numerous exhibitions by emerging artists (Pauline Boudry/Renate Lorenz, Klat, Yuri Leiderman, Adrien Missika). Currently working as an independent curator, he builds projects with a focus on transdisciplinary formats. In 2012 he participated to Festival Electron (Bâtiment d’art contemporain, Geneva) with a project showing the connection between the night club and the opera in contemporary art. He is the editor of numerous catalogues and has collaborated to several art magazines.
Nathalie Perrin, associate researcher, cyber and tactical media artist, is a regular seminar leader in cybermedia studies since 2008. The course focuses on Internet culture, distributed and network practices and computer-based art. She is interested in the digital and network culture history, the free software and Linux as well as in tactical media. With other artists and as a member of the Laboratory of Artificial Intelligence at EPFL, she collaborated on «buzzaar» the prototype of an application designed to map and share users’ web browser history (http://www.meetopia.net) . Trained in social work at Institut d’Études Sociales Lausanne and in art at École Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Geneva, where she was an assistant, Nathalie is the author of numerous digital works, videotapes and essays.
Laura von Niederhäusern, coordinator ad interim, scientific assistant, gives seminars in the frame of Situated Artistic Practice Studio, focusing on film studies. She also coordinates the Pre-Doctorate/PhD Seminar. Using media such as film, film installations, essay writings, visual lectures, book and film edition, she bases her research on an extended knowledge of German and French literature and film studies. Her work explores the potential forms of non-capitalist subjectivities. (cf. ad interim coordination 2014-2015)
regular visiting professors 2010-2015
Yves Citton, gives regular lectures and workshops at CCC Programme since 2009. He is professor of 18th Century French Literature at the University of Grenoble-3, a researcher with the CNRS, member of the Litt&Arts (gathering professors, doctoral students, researchers working at the limits of the literatures, the literary didactic, the sociology of art, the anthropology of the imagination, the digital humanities, the performing arts and screen arts). He taught at Sciences Po Paris, Columbia University, Harvard University, New York University, University of Pittsburgh and at University of Geneva where he received a PhD in 1992. He is a co-editor of Multitudes and hosts a monthly radio show Zazirocratie for Radio Campus Grenoble 90.8 FM. Philosopher, decryptor of the contemporary world, he published numerous books among which the most recent are Pour une écologie de l’attention (Seuil, 2014), Gestes d’humanités. Anthropologie sauvage de nos expériences esthétiques (Armand Colin, 2012), Renverser l’insoutenable (Seuil, 2012), as well as several collective books and more than one hundred articles.
Mickaël Houdebert, web master and web shaman, gives a workshop on web design and the history of web design (2013-15) in cooperation with Nathalie Perrin and Liliane Schneiter as advisor. After completing his training in a company oriented towards graphic and web design, he gets a BA degree in Visual Communication at Haute école d’art et de design, Geneva (HEAD). In 2014, together with Nicolas De Paoli and Emilien Straggiotti, he co-founds Stamina, a structure that cooperates with enthusiastic and qualified producers, graphic designers, developers and technicians.
Aymon Kreil, gives regular seminars at CCC Programme since 2013. He is an anthropologist currently researcher at UFSP Asian and Europa of University of Zurich. His doctoral research thesis, accomplished at EHESS (Paris) in co-supervision with University of Neuchatel, is entitled Du rapport au dire. Sexe, amour et discours d’expertise au Caire (2012). In addition to gender and sexuality, his research is also dealing with the notion of religious authority, class distinctions and the Egyptian understandings of the domain of politics. He explores the formats of the exhibition and the discussion.
Bettina Steinbruegge, gives regular workshops and seminars at CCC Programme since 2009. She is director and curator in contemporary art of the Kunstverein in Hamburg since January 2014. Art historian, she studied English philology and comparative literature. From 2001 to 2007 she was the artistic director of the Halle für Kunst art space in Lüneburg and a research assistant and curator in the management team of the Kunstraum at the University of Lüneburg. During the same period she organized a number of exhibitions in the context of the EU projects “transform” and “translate”. Since 2007 Steinbrügge has been a member of the programme team of the Forum Expanded section at the Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale). As an editor and writer Steinbrügge publishes regularly on topics related to contemporary art, education, the museum concepts in the 21st century, forms of artist criticism and above all on the intersection of art and film.
Marion von Osten, gives regular workshops and seminars at CCC Programme since 2012. Artist, curator, researcher and teacher, Honorary Professor at the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna (where she taught from 2006-12), she works with curatorial, artistic, and theoretical approaches that converge through the medium of exhibitions, installations, video, and text productions. Her main research interests concern the cultural production in post-colonial societies, technologies of the self, and the governance of mobility. From 1999 to 2006 she was Professor and researcher at the Institute for the Theory of Art and Design (ith), Zürich University of the Arts (ZHdK). She was curator at Shedhalle Zürich (1996-99). Recent projects include: In the Desert of Modernity – Colonial Planning and After, 2008-09. Her publications include among others The Colonial Modern (2010), Das Erziehungsbild (with Tom Holert, 2010).
Cécile Boss, alumna, CCC assistant editor since 2014, she coordinates the editorial board of the CCC Newsletter and Actes de recherche and is responsible for the design and layout together with assistant Janis Schroeder. She is also in charge of the reading group seminar with Janis Schroeder. Researcher by the means of art (video, performance and writing), her interest for education and care led her to develop research on confinement in the psychiatrization of the world of work. In collaboration with Melanie Borès she carefully studies one of Walter Benjamin’s thesis On the Concept of History, by connecting it with the research project Politics of Memory and Art Practices: The Role of Art in Peace and Reconstruction Processes [PIMPA/PPR]. She holds a BA in Visual Arts and a MA CCC Research-Based Programme at Geneva University of Art and Design (HEAD).
Janis Schroeder, alumnus and CCC assistant in electronic media, collaborates to seminars on Situated art practices and co-coordinates the reading group seminar in collaboration with Cécile Boss. He is also involved in the editorial board of the CCC Newsletter and Actes de recherche together with Cécile. Junior researcher, he contributes to the research project The Anthropocene Atlas of Geneva [TAAG], directed by Professor Gene Ray. As an artist working with video, photography, booklets and essays, he is concerned by the influence of the montage on the language of images. He completed a MA degree in critical, curatorial, cross-cultural and cybermedia studies (CCC) in 2013, after having received a BA diploma in Visual Arts from the Geneva University of Art and Design/HEAD in 2011.
guest professors (selection)
Since its foundation in 2000, CCC Research-Based Master Programme organized seminars, workshops, research projects and collaboration with visiting artists and theoreticians among which, Fareed Armaly, Julie Ault, Michael Asher, Vincent Barras, Judith Barry, Ute Meta Bauer, Martin Beck, Jean-François Bert, Franco Berardi, Ursula Biemann, Iain Boal, Pauline Boudry/Renate Lorenz, Jenny Brown, Stanley Brouwn, Yves Citton, Critical Art Ensemble, Neil Cummings, Moyra Davey, Dieter Dietz, Mark Dion, Caroline Dionne, Hannah Entwisle, Andrea Fraser, Igor Galligo, Rainer Ganahl, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Dan Graham, Renée Green, Anna Grichting, Christian Höller, Mickael Houdebert, Anselm Jappe, Sacha Kagan, Aymon Kreil, Silvia Kolbowski, Shin Koseki, Aymon Kreil, Steve Kurz, Michael Lew, Olivier Lugon, Christian Marclay, Christian Marazzi, Sandro Mezzadra, Olivier Mosset, Angelica Navarro, Antonio Negri, Nils Norman, Luca Paltrinieri, Luca Pattaroni, Claire Pentecost, Mischa Piraud, Beatriz Preciado, Gregory Quenet, Malcolm Quinn, Shalini Randeria, Philippe Rekacewicz, Irit Rogoff, Claude Rutault, Giaco Schiesser, Jo Schmeiser, Greg Sholette, Bettina Steinbruegge, Temporary Services, The Yes Men, Agnès Vannouvong, Marion von Osten, Chris Wainwright, James Welling, Fred Wilson, Eddie Yuen.