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Creator Doctus



December 8, 2021 – Cinéma 1 – Centre Pompidou

In the context of « Vidéo et après », Service Nouveaux Médias – MNAM/Centre Pompidou and of the doctoral program of the École nationale supérieure d’arts de Paris-Cergy Graduate School Humanities, Creation and Heritage

With: Jean-Christophe Bailly, Patricia Falguières, Avi Mograbi, Bénédicte Savoy, Amie Siegel, Rayyane Tabet, Akram Zaatari.

Objects change function and consequently change value and status over time. They are sometimes sent to storage, sold or bought, buried or trafficked and, eventually, get extracted from larger constellations or a living fabric. Objects thus change hands, which adds to their biographies. They are displaced, gifted, studied copied and reproduced or exhibited. This symposium looks at the mechanisms that accompany these shifts in property and value through artist’s works. From Nefertiti’s bust as plotted by Jean-Christophe Bailly, to the occupation of Palestinian Territories as explained by Avi Mograbi, lies a trip back and forth in time and geography, across media. We talk about afterlives of objects, about who is the museum, when is perpetuity, and what do we find moving in all of these shift?

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Since 2018, ENSAPC has been a partner in the European Creator Doctus (CrD) program. On the initiative of the Gerrit Rietveld Academie and the European organization EQ-Arts—and involving, in addition to ENSAPC, the Glasgow School of Art, the Athens School of Fine Arts, the Vilnius Academy of Arts, the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, and the Merz Akademie—CrD is exploring at the European level the question of “the doctorate through artistic practice.” With funding from the Erasmus+ program and the European Union, the program is generating and gathering, over the period 2018–2021, knowledge and recommendations based on the expertise and experience of the partner institutions. Conferences (Athens, May 2019; Paris, November 2019; Amsterdam, 2021) and seminars (Stuttgart, February 2020; Nida, August 2020) are designed to share and exchange existing practices and methods, and to think through the creation of a European frame of reference for programs conferring the practice-based doctorate in art.

Final conference and exhibition at the Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam, from 29 October 2021

At the end of October, the Creator Doctus project will conclude with a conference organized by the Rietveld Academie. The conference will revolve around interventions by artists and researchers and discussion time, and will be partly dedicated to the presentation of the Cr-D book synthesizing the reflections carried out since 2018 on the doctorate through artistic practice on a European scale.

In connection to the conference, an exhibition will open on Friday 29 October at Nieuw Dakota. Curated by Astrid Korporaal, the exhibition will present outputs of practice-based research projects in various stages of development. The participating artists are: Arnas Anskaitis, Joan Ayrton, Theodoros Giannakis, Femke Herregraven, Saoirse Higgins, Jane Jin Kaisen and Caroline Meyer-Jürshof. The exhibition will interrogate existing artistic research methodologies and give a perspective towards new and innovative approaches.

Training in Nida, August 25–28, 2021

This training program organized by the Vilnius Academy of Art takes place at the Nida Art Colony ( Continuing the process of reflection begun in Stuttgart, the session encourages exchanges between and among doctoral candidates, artists, and scholars, focusing on methods and funding for research through artistic practice.

Training in Stuttgart, February 10–12, 2020

Organized by the Merz Akademie, this seminar for doctoral candidates, artists, and scholars focused on the best ways to advise candidates pursuing a practice-based doctorate. By convening participants from various institutions and research programs, it elicited a variety of perspectives on doctoral admissions, advising experiences, and doctoral assessment.

First Creator Doctus Conference, Athens, May 20–21, 2019

Organized by the Athens School of Art, the first Creator Doctus conference was designed to present models of doctoral study in various countries and to facilitate discussion between doctoral candidates and their advisers. Exchanges were anchored by presentations from two invited guests, artist-scholars Carole Gray and Olav Westphalen. As a result of the conference, an international repository of good practices in the supervision of doctoral candidates in arts was launched.

Training Glasgow, February 15-17, 2021

The training series continues in Glasgow (organisation: Glasgow School of Arts). Following on the reflection process initiated in Stuttgart, this training aims to continue the exchanges between doctoral students, artists and researchers, emphasising the issues of methodologies and funding for research through artistic practice.

Second Creator Doctus Conference, Paris, November 29–30, 2019

ENSAPC organized the second Creator Doctus conference on good practices in research and doctoral programs in cooperation with Cosmopolis #2, Pompidou Center.

The conference explored the practice-based doctorate by examining artistic research practices from various angles, with contributions from the following artists, scholars, and thinkers: Heba Amin, Arjun Appadurai, Julieta Aranda, Yann Beauvais, Louise Hervé, Chloé Maillet, Chus Martinez, Mpho Matsipa, Senam Okudzeto, and Elizabeth Povinelli.