[artinfo] Socially Engaged Art Practices master program

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Geneva School of Art and Design (HEAD)

TRANS- Socially Engaged Art Practices master program

Application deadline: April 3, 2020


TRANS- program is one of the three master 
programs of the Department of Visual Arts at HEAD 
- Genève. It offers its students an ideal 
framework of reflection about collaborative 
production modes on a long-term. Art as a 
possible vector for social transformation, the 
artist's engagement in society and the use of 
pedagogical processes as a tool for collaborative 
artistic production, are the specifics of this 

Indeed, TRANS- program aims to foster a 
conscious, ethical and problematized approach of 
artistic work in a social context, based on 
alternative, critical and feminist pedagogies (in 
relationship with a reflection on new 
masculinities) in particular, and on the concept 
of transpedagogy, that is to say the action to 
blend art and education in order to create 
singular forms of exchange and knowledge 

In order to broaden intellectual and professional 
perspectives, TRANS- invites international 
guests, artists or researchers in the field of 
socially engaged art practices and of critical 
gallery education. Those interventions, nourished 
by the singular practice of each guest lecturer, 
take multiple forms and invite students to 
immerse in exploratory propositions and processes 
(presentations, conferences, workshops, guided 
tours, urban promenades) which mingle 
theoretical, critical and visual research.

TRANS- proposes different forms of public address 
(exhibitions/ projects, open seminars, 
un-conferences, publications, etc.) to open the 
frame for discussion about the role of artists in 
society. The bilingual (Fench-English) program 
also engages the students in public conferences 
on socially engaged art practices or radical 
education in international contexts, and within 
different research fields led by the teachers.

Teaching organization
Going through diverse practices-such as 
situationnist, activist, interventionist or 
transpedagogical ones-the seminar sessions, 
supported partly by the teaching team and partly 
by the students themselves (reading group) seek 
to question different alternative strategies to 
an individualist and competitive approach to art.

In order to stimulate exchanges and to encourage 
the emergence of forms of solidarities between 
the students, a standard week in TRANS- program 
is composed of three days of shared presence in 
the TRANS- spaces (seminars, workshops, 
individual or collective mentoring sessions) and 
of two self- managed days dedicated to the 
development of individual practices and 
collective projects.

Each student has the opportunity to get a place 
inside a collective working space. Apart from 
pursuing one's practice in the field of 
contemporary arts, TRANS- program offers 
professional perspectives in gallery education, 
artistic intervention in formal or informal 
educational contexts and art practices in social 

Conditions for admissions 2020/21
Online application on 
and sending of a portfolio of personal works till 
April 3, 2020.

After the first round of selection consisting in 
the examination of personal portfolios by 
teachers of HEAD - Genève, the selected 
candidates will be invited to an individual 

Interviews for the admissions to MA in Fine Arts 
will take place from May 4 to 8, 2020, in Geneva. 
HEAD - Genève exceptionally accepts Skype 
interviews, upon written request, for candidates 
living outside Europe.

Head of the program
microsillons collective (Marianne Guarino-Huet and Olivier Desvoignes)

Teaching staff
Marie-Antoinette Chiarenza, Claude-Hubert Tatot, Mathilde Chenin

Invited Speakers since 2015 (selection)
Jorgge Menna Barreto, Mabe Bethônico, Bureau 
d'études, Isabelle Chladek, Kadiatou Diallo, Dias 
& Riedweg, Janna Graham, Pablo Helguera, Thomas 
Hirschhorn, Myriam Lefkowitz, Olivier Marboeuf, 
Mathieu Menghini, Carmen Mörsch, Nils Norman, 
Nicolás Paris, Marie Preston, Rester. Étranger, 
Greg Sholette, Nora Sternfeld, Tilo Steireif, 

Geneva School of Art and Design (HEAD)
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