MA-Symposium 2015

New Existentialism
(alternative models, referential practices)

Fine Arts Master Symposium at ECAL/Ecole cantonale d'art de Lausanne

March 23, 24 and 25, 2015


Monday, March 23, 2 pm - 5 pm, Leenards auditorium

Seminar "Life forms vs. dominant forms: lessons for the art world from new revolutionary politics" with François Cusset

New types of radical politics (from Occupy Wall Street to today's French "ZADs") all focus on life forms, a concept of high interest to artists, at least at two levels: to produce a life consistent with one's creative project, and to oppose new perceptions to our dysfunctional dominant norms.

François Cusset is a writer and intellectual historian and Professor of American Civilisation at the University of Nanterre. He has been an associate researcher at the National Center of Scientific Research (CNRS), teacher of contemporary French culture at Reid Hall and professor at the Institut d'Études Politiques de Paris. As author his books include French Theory: How Foucault, Derrida, Deleuze, & Co Transformed the Intellectual Life of the United States, University of Minnesota Press, 2008; and The Inverted gaze: Queering the French Literary Classics in America, Arsenal Pulp Press, 2011.


Tuesday, March 24, 10 am - 5 pm, Iril auditorium (welcome tea and coffee from 9:30 am at the cafeteria)

Seminar "After Nature" with Patricia Falguières

Initiated through the questions raised by anthropology and feminist movements in the 80s, the questioning of "nature" regains intensity today: the "anthropocene" is the formulation of a sum of converging anxieties that turn "nature" into a most opaque and problematic notion.

Patricia Falguières is a historian and a member of the École française de Rome. Having authored numerous essays and books, she teaches the history of philosophy and Renaissance art at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales in Paris, where she co-directs the seminar « Something you should know : artists and producers today ».


Wednesday, March 25, 10 am - 1 pm, Fine Arts Master studio

Round table and groupe critique prepared by the students of ECAL's Fine Arts Master

Themes discussed on the two previous days will be further envisioned, in relation to the works of participating students.



(after Alan Vega)

Master-Symposium HEAD Geneva (Work.master)

Encompassing the realm of the Spoken Word and its exhibition, the WORK.MASTER is delighted to present its 2015 Master Symposium: “A PUNK PRAYER”. 

Re-considering the possibility of ‘Exhibition(s)’, this symposium combines writing and mental image, reading and listening, films and the exhibition of one self, and questions the uniqueness of reading and speech, the place of the word in the exhibition, the question of the exhibition and its catalogue – or rather of the exhibition of the catalogue, and what it is to show, what to present and what is looked at, when there is no others than transient feelings... A sensible architecture of words!

Through lectures, discussions, readings and screenings, this three-days symposium encompasses the reality of the exhibited words with, among others, filmmaker Joanna Hogg, artists Cally Spooner, Francesco Pedraglio, franck leibovici, and curators Nicolas de Oliveira and Paulo Pires do Vale.



March, Monday 23rd,Tuesday 24th, Wednesday 25th 



Monday 23rd: 

10.30 – Welcome address by Mathieu Copeland

11.00 – Talk by Paulo Pires do Vale on the exhibition and its catalogue/the exhibition of the book

14.00 – Talk and reading by Francesco Pedraglio

Group discussion


Tuesday 24th: 

11.00 – Talk and screening by Cally Spooner

14.00 – Discussion with Joanna Hogg and special screening of Hogg’s feature film ‘Exhibition’, featuring Viv Albertine & Liam Gillick

Group discussion

Evening – Aperitif 


Wednesday 25th:

11.00 – Talk by Nicolas de Oliveira on the exhibition of the words

14.00 – Talk and discussion with franck leibovici

Group discussion



English – some interventions may be in French



Cinéma Spoutnik

4 place des Volontaires

CH - 1204 Genève

tel.: (41) 022 328 09 26



Joanna Hogg was born on March 20, 1960 in London, England. She is a director and writer, known for Archipelago (2010), Unrelated (2007) and Exhibition (2013). She made her directorial and screenwriting feature film debut in 2007 with Unrelated. 

After leaving school in the late 1970s, Hogg worked as a photographer and began to make experimental super-8 films after borrowing a camera from Derek Jarman, who became an early mentor after a chance meeting in Patisserie Valerie in Soho. One of these, a film about a kinetic sculpture by artist Ron Haselden, won her a place to study direction at the National Film and Television School. Her graduation piece Caprice starred a then unknown Tilda Swinton. On graduation, Hogg directed several music videos for artists such as Alison Moyet, and won her first television commission writing and directing a programme segment for Janet Street Porter's Channel Four series Network 7, Flesh + Blood. In the 1990s, Hogg directed episodes of London Bridge, Casualty and London's Burning. She also directed the EastEnders special EastEnders: Dot's Story (2003).

Hogg has said, "I wanted to make a film doing everything I was told not to do in television." She shot her first feature, Unrelated (2008), in Tuscany. It tells the story of a childless woman, Anna (Kathryn Worth), of around forty who goes on holiday to Italy with her friend Verena (Mary Roscoe) and her teenage family. Over the course of the holiday, tensions emerge as Anna spends less time with the 'grown-ups' and is drawn towards the teenage crowd and the attractions of Verena's teenage nephew (Tom Hiddleston). The film received critical acclaim, premiering at the London Film Festival in 2007 and winning the FIPRESCI International Critics Award. It also won the Guardian First Film Award in 2008 and the Evening Standard British Film Awards 'Most Promising Newcomer' Award in 2009, as well as being nominated for their Best Film Award and earning Hogg a nomination for the London Film Critics' Circle 'Breakthrough Filmmaker' Award in 2009. Her second film, Archipelago, had its UK premiere at the 2010 London Film Festival, where it was nominated in the Best Film category. It was released in the UK on 4 March 2011 by Artificial Eye.

Hogg's style is influenced by European and Asian directors such as Eric Rohmer and Yasujirō Ozu,[5] using extended takes and minimal camera movement. She takes the unusual approach of casting a mixture of actors and non-professional actors in her films, such as the landscape painter Christopher Baker in Archipelago. Her depiction of unarguably middle-class characters has prompted some commentators to see her work as spearheading a new type of social realism in British film.

Exhibition (aka London Project) is a 2013 drama film written and directed by Joanna Hogg, starring Viv Albertine, Liam Gillick and Tom Hiddleston. The film premiered at the Locarno Film Festival in August 2013, and was released in the UK on 25 April 2014.


Based between Mexico City and London, Francesco Pedraglio is an artist, writer and co-founder of FormContent. Through short-stories, performances, videos and installations, his work employs the mechanics of storytelling to reflect on the intricate relationship between the construction of subjectivity and the perception of objects. Pedraglio has performed most recently at Joanna Kamm Gallery, Transmission Gallery, Kunst-halle Basel, Hayward Gallery, Auto Italia South East, The National Portrait Gallery, ICA, Wysing Arts Centre and Hollybush Gardens, among others. His first artist publication by Francesco Pedraglio, editor of Book Works’ noted Time Machine series, explores the possibilities and fault lines between written and spoken word. Made up of a series of false starts or scenarios, the narrative relies on interconnected stories about a character, Martha B., who, in a sense, illustrates the process of writing. Like literature itself, Martha B. repeatedly dies only to be continually reborn. At each false start, or each death, a new character is generated only to die with Martha B. again. The stories were conceived during Pedraglio’s research fellowship at The Henry Moore Institute in Leeds, where he was investigating the mechanics of storytelling in which sculpture or abstract objects generate the narrative impulse. - RAM Publications


Cally Spooner lives and works in London. Using theory, philosophers, current affairs and pop cultural figures as alibis to help her write, and casts of arguing characters to help her perform, Spooner produces plotless novellas, disjunctive theatre plays, looping monologues and musical arrangements to stage the movement and behaviour of speech. Recent work has explored how high performance economies have affected speaking as a live, undetermined event. Her work includes writing, film, live performance, and broadcasting. Spooner’s productions have been presented at Tate Modern, London; Performa 13; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Kunsthal Charlottenburg, Copenhagen; KW Institute, Berlin; Wysing Art Centre, UK; Jeu De Paume, Paris; Serpentine Gallery, London. Cally Spooner is a recipient of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Awards for Artists 2013.


franck leibovici (Paris) : quelques storyboards (2003), 9+11 (2005), des documents poétiques (2007), portraits chinois (2007), lettres de jérusalem (2012), (des formes de vie) - une écologie des pratiques artistiques (2012), filibuster (une lecture) (2013).

développe depuis quatre ans un mini-opéra pour non-musiciens, projet conçu comme instrument de redescription des «conflits de basse intensité». les performances, fondées sur des protocoles de la musique expérimentale, de la danse, des sciences studies ou de l'analyse conversationnelle, ne relèvent toutefois en rien du «spectacle vivant».


Nicolas de Oliveira is a writer and curator. His books include Installation art, and Installation art in the New Millennium: Empire of the Senses, (Thames & Hudson, 1994 and 2003), two major international surveys of the practice. His current writing takes the artwork as a point of departure, rather than as an end point, thus engaging in a range of different enquiries relating to literature, cinema and philosophy, often leading to close collaborations with artists. He has co-written a series of artist's books and monographs on Hans Op de Beeck (Belgium), Stefan Brüggemann (Mexico) and Patrick Jolley (Ireland). He has contributed texts and conference papers to academic books as well as writing numerous essays for exhibition catalogues with Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, Sammlung Goetz, Munich, Kunsthalle Lissabon, Lisbon, Kunsternes Hus, Oslo,and Vestfossen Kunstlaboratorium, Bergen. He was a founding director of the Museum of Installation (1990-2003), curating over 200 individual and collective installation projects in London, Berlin, Brussels, Mexico City, Los Angeles and other locations. Currently he co-directs SE8, a London-based project focusing on curatorial methodologies, where he has presented exhibitions with artists such as Ian Kiaer, Andrea Büttner, Daniel Silver, Jamie Shovlin, Joao Onofre and Stefan Bruggemann. He also acted as an artistic advisor for the Busan Biennale, South Korea, directed by Roger M.Buergel in 2012.

He is currently course leader of the MA Curating the Contemporary, a collaborative programme of London Metropolitan University and Whitechapel Gallery.


Paulo Pires do Vale (1973) is a philosopher and curator. 

He holds a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Philosophy from the Universidade Nova de Lisboa, and he is finishing the PhD in Philosophy with the thesis The historical condition of personal identity in Paul Ricoeur. He is a lecturer at the Universidade Católica Portuguesa and ESEI - Maria Ulrich in Lisbon. He has written Everything is Something Else: Desire in Hegel’s The Phenomenology of Spirit. (Lisbon: Colibri – 2006); published essays on Hermeneutics, the Philosophy of Culture, the Philosophy of Religion, and Aesthetics; he has written texts for the catalogues of group shows and solo exhibitions (by Ana Hatherly, Alberto Carneiro, Ana Vieira, Marta Wengorovius, Rui Chafes, Fernanda Fragateiro, Raja Malka and Vasco Araújo, among others). He has participated in several conferences and lectures in Cultural Institutions (as Serralves Museum, Arpad Szenes - Vieira da Silva Museum, Design Museum…) and Universities in Portugal, France (Bordeaux and Paris-Cergy) and Switzerland (Mendrisi).  

He curated several group and solo exhibitions (as the retrospective exhibition of Ana Vieira, Shelter Walls, at the Modern Art Center – Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, 2010; Infinite Tasks – When art and book unbind each other, Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, 2012; and PLIURE at Fondation Calouste Gulbenkian in Paris and Palais des Beaux-arts, Paris, 2015.) 

He is a member of AICA – Internacional Association of Art Critics. He was a member of the jury for the 2010 Prize for Visual Arts awarded by AICA-Ministério da Cultura and the Jury for the 2013 Prize for Essay and Critic of Art and Architecture AICA – Fundação Carmona e Costa.