The Curatorial

Curatorial Politics
M1/M2
English/French (texts)

Doreen Mende
Start: 25 September 2019, 10am

Alliances Across

The period around 1989, marked by the end of state-socialisms as binary counter-force to (neo-)liberal capitalism, brought a systemic change on global scale with impact also on the geographies of art-making. Since then, several attempts have been undertaken to declare a New International, or New Internationalism, or a Fifth International (Samir Amin) fighting euro-centric art histories, political oligopolies, ethno-neoliberalism, and neo-fascism. There are many internationalisms, therefore surely, we have to ask: whose internationalism, which internationalism and internationalism from where.
Taking few of Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak’s work as instruction for gaining basic understanding about a post-1989 International as a proposal for practices of world-making collectivities as “an alliance without an institution”, the seminar will primarily focus on artistic works, curatorial methods, research experimentations and exhibition projects for discussing the possibilities of an “artistic internationalism.” We will specifically look into the mobilization of technologies, transmission practices and image-strategies by the means of art with the objective to articulate alliances across borders by means of art and forms of research.
Students will be offered a range of contemporary artistic practices or curatorial projects to study together, e.g., by Mirwan Arsanios, Kader Attia, Alice Creischer/Andreas Siekmann, Harun Farocki, Jean-Luc Godard, Charles Heller, Bouchra Khalili, Shu Lea Cheang, Christian Nyampeta, among others. The assignment of the seminar is to research and discuss artistic/curatorial projects towards the formulation of a set of questions to realize conversations with the artist/curator whose work is being researched. Depending on the work on the interviews, it will be an extra to publish the edited versions of the interviews, either on a seminar-own website or otherwise. –– Excursion planned to Interfoto in Genève (http://interfoto.ch).

Cultural Studies

Cultural Studies
M1 et M2: Anne-Julie Raccoursier (en français et anglais)

Les Cultural Studies 2015/16 ouvrent un champ d’étude transdisciplinaire et critique qui prend pour objet les institutions, les pratiques et les formes culturelles dans leurs relations aux structures politiques dominantes, aux hiérarchies sociales et aux minorités marginalisées. L’enseignement met en relation les théories et les méthodes qui fondent ce champ d’étude avec des pratiques artistiques situées, discursives, interventionnistes. Le séminaire alternera exposés, lectures et travaux pratiques.

Theory Fiction

Theory Fiction
M1/M2
English

Kodwo Eshun
Début: 30 septembre 2019, 10.00

Project Earthseed

The Theory-Fiction Seminar for 2019 to 2020 continues its ongoing engagement with the writings of the African American science fiction novelist Octavia Estelle Butler. The Project Earthseed Seminar 2019 to 2020 departs from a reading of Octavia Butler’s 1993 novel The Parable of the Sower. Set in the ‘accidentally coinciding climatic, economic, and sociological crises’ of the year 2024, The Parable of the Sower’s teenage protagonist Lauren Olamina keeps a diary in which she writes aphorisms and epigraphs that provide the tenets of a new religion that she names Earthseed. As the social collapse of life on the West Coast of North America forces Lauren to leave her home, the imperilled refugees that she meets on the road, Earthseed’s instructions bind these fugitives into a group oriented towards a future whose goal guides their actions in the present.
The aim of the Project Earthseed Seminar is to approach the fiction of Earthseed as an interscalar vehicle to be actualised in the present of 2019 to 2020. At its most abstracted and generalised scale, the Seminar seeks to mobilise the prospective imagination of Earthseed of 2024 by and with and through the format of a media campaign that aims to intervene in the present defined by the compounded threats of capitalogenic climate catastrophe, neo-fascism and surveillance capitalism. At its most reduced and concretized scale, the Seminar seeks to market Earthseed as a secular religion in the contemporary era.
This entails an experiment with the engineering of belief within the Seminar as the precondition for the marketing of Earthseed within the precincts of the institution of HEAD. The ultimate aim of the Seminar is to enlist the various actors that constitute the preexisting communities of HEAD for the project of Earthseed by devising methods for engineering the desire for Earthseed. The style of those methods will be drawn from the reading of The Parable of the Sower which will provide the narrative vehicle required for the mobilization of a marketing campaign that seeks to engender network effects that will in turn act as a force multiplier for the binding of beliefs.
All participants in Project Earthseed are required to read The Parable of the Sower. Texts, moving images and sound recordings related to Project Earthseed will be
introduced throughout the first and second semester.

Études Politiques « Comment juger »

Études Politiques
M1/M2
French/English

Pierre Hazan
Début: Octobre 9, 2017, 10.00

Faisons table rase du passé ?
Les révolutionnaires français rêvaient de faire table rase du passé. Mais force est de constater que le passé n’est pas encore passé, il a même un très grand avenir. La constitution de l’identité aussi bien personnelle que collective, le système de valeurs, la projection d’une société dans l’avenir dépend largement de la représentation qu’elle se fait de son passé. Le démantèlement des statues du général Lee à Charlottesville et de Christophe Colomb à New York, la destruction des œuvres d’art par Daech en Irak ou l’érection de monuments à Genève le montrent de manière saisissante. Comment se construit et se modifie le lien au passé et à quel passé ? Quel regard porter aujourd’hui sur le colonialisme et la traite esclavagiste ? Selon quelle lecture historique ? Selon quelle vision de la culture, de la vérité et de la justice ? L’enjeu de ce cours vise à mieux appréhender les ressorts de la représentation du passé dans l’espace public.
Publication : les étudiants seront amenés à travailler sur des œuvres en construction ou faisant l’objet d’une discussion sur leur destruction/démantèlement, ou qu’ils souhaiteraient détruire. Dans leur texte, les étudiants devront analyser les enjeux idéologiques et esthétiques, les dynamiques politiques, le rôle de l’artiste et des pouvoirs publics. L’ensemble de leurs contributions, éventuellement enrichies de contributions extérieures, feront l’objet d’une publication.

Critical studies

Critical Studies
M1/M2
English

Gene Ray
Start: 23 September 2019, 10am

Futures of the Left: Art, Marxism and the Global South

As situated practice, art-making involves an active interpretation of the present. In 2019, two factors leap out for interpretation: ongoing planetary meltdown, which now imposes itself on politics everywhere; and a transnational resurgence of racist and misogynist rightwing politics, a return many are calling “fascism.” How are these two factors related? To approach this question and build shared understanding for informed positions, the Critical Theory seminar will study key concepts from the history of the Left, in context and in relation to the present: capitalism, colonialism and imperialism; nationalism and internationalism; class and its intersections with race, ethnicity, gender and sexual orientation; indigeneity and settler colonialism; fascism and white supremacism; solidarity and the Global South. Projection of these concepts into the future was key to the Left; what futures for the Left remain visible or imaginable today? As always, work on concepts aims to clarify how political and artistic practices intersect and interact in contemporary situations. Collective reading of texts by Marx, Benjamin, Fanon, Raya Dunayevskaya, Angela Davis, Anne Garland Mahler, Vijay Prashad, and Angela Dimitrakaki; discussion of films TBA.

Pratiques artistiques situées

Pratiques artistiques situées
Situated Art Practices

M1/M2
French/English

Anne-Julie Raccoursier, Dora Garcia
Début : 7 octobre 2019, 10.00 / 4 décembre 2019, 10.00

Le Programme Master de recherche CCC promeut la recherche artistique. Il transforme la conception des pratiques artistiques et développe l’information indépendante par l’étude de sources et de formats critiques. Il explore le rôle de l’art dans la société et considère la pratique artistique comme la production d’un savoir organique au contexte de production. Il développe des stratégies critiques, analytiques et visionnaires et encourage les interventions – individuelles et collectives – signifiantes multiformes dans un large éventail de formats et de situations. Il promeut une conception de la recherche mutualisée et par étapes. Les recherches sont réalisées dans des médias de la reproduction technique et des formats expérimentaux. La pratique artistique est située, discursive, interventionniste, politiquement engagée et transdisciplinaire. Le Programme soutient l’art engagé dans la sphère publique ou dans la société civile, entendue comme le théâtre du débat et de la délibération, comme un lieu intermédiaire entre l’espace privé et les institutions.

Situated Art Practices 1 (Conceptualizing Research), avec Anne-Julie Raccoursier, enseigné sur toute la durée du curriculum, est mené en étroite collaboration avec le séminaire Research Practice. Il offre une formation aux méthodologies de la recherche par les moyens de l’art et permet aux étudiants, à partir de présentations et discussions autour de leurs projets, d’élaborer, d’articuler et de construire des dispositifs pour rendre leur recherche publique.
L’accent sera mis sur la conceptualisation de la recherche, sa contextualisation dans les débats artistiques contemporains, tout en abordant des questions de production, méthodes de travail et manières de faire.

Situated Art Practices 2 (Performing Research) with Dora Garcia: THEORY AS ACTION ––– The dichotomy between mind and body might be (or not) at the origin of the dichotomy theory and practice. And, as it is not true that we “have” a body that is different from a “mind” that we can lose, it is as well not true that theory and practice are incompatible; they are not even complementary. Body and mind are part of a narrative center of gravity that we call “I”; and our interface with the world can only function with an unending theory-practice mutual feedback. Using the seminal Lucy Lippard book “Six years. The dematerialization of the art object 66-72” as a guide for surprising associations, we will see how the idea of information becoming the raw material of art turned into a self-fulfilling prophecy, and how politics – the art of living together- is the definitive nexus between theory and practice. The seminar will consist of lecture-proposals, group debate, group practices, and tutorials.

Writing Research Practice

Writing Research Practice
M1/M2
French/English

Çağla E. Aykaç
Start: October 14, 2019, 10am

The Writing Research Practice Seminar is a space where you refine your individual research project and design, build your personal archive, and work your voice. It is also a space for self-reflexivity and for understanding where and how you stand in relation to your own research, and more generally in relation to research ethics and art research practice. The Writing Research Practice Seminar works together with the Situated Art Practices Seminar. While you will have opportunities to discuss your individual research punctually in tutorials and with your thesis advisors (2nd year), the Writing Research Practice seminar is a space for sharing your research with other students and getting feed-back on your writing throughout your two years at the CCC. Each session of the Seminar is constructed around a chosen theme (archive, critique, method, voice, standpoint, kinship, power, time & space,..) with common assigned readings. For each meeting, you are asked to bring additional readings related to your own research and a piece of your own writing. The Acte de Recherche you write during this seminar will be published at the end of the year and will be used as a presentation of your research.