The documentation center houses approximately 15,000 works, some 60 periodicals (some of which may be checked out), and nearly 1,000 audio and audio-visual recordings (DVD, VHS, CD, audiobooks), as well as the DNSEP theses of ENSAPC students since 2011. The documentation center is part of the BEAR network of art school libraries and has entered into a partnership with the CY Cergy Paris University Library for access to the collections and reciprocal free loans. Consistent with the school’s instructional focus, its holdings are specialized: monographs and other writings by artists; exhibition catalogues; technical work on the plastic arts, film, digital art, photography, and so on; and books on the history of art and aesthetics. ENSAPC strives to deepen its holdings on contemporary art and to circulate publications on emerging artists.
Two computer stations are available for use by visitors, one of which is reserved for bibliographic research. A photocopier is available at the entrance to the center; reasonable restrictions apply to its use. A viewing area allows visitors to view video and multimedia resources, notably those that cannot be checked out.
All practical information and loan terms and conditions are specified in the tabs of the online catalogue.
Director of the center :
+ 33 (0)1 30 30 78 91
This workshop groups together a set of tools and machines dedicated to the production of three-dimensional shapes. Starting from their project and with the participation (or help) of the teachers concerned and the workshop heads, the students make their sculpture or installation in the material they want: wood, iron, composite materials, etc…
Recording, editing, mixing, image post-production, sound installations, performances, in situ technical editing, listening sessions, sound creation, sound restoration… Studio activities depend on students’ personal needs and projects. A large part of the work concerns image post-production (sound editing, voice-over recording, dubbing, sound effects and music, stereo or multi-channel mixing) for video and cinema. The other main activity of the studio is music production: sound recording, editing, mixing. The studio has been a member of Ircam for many years, which allows students to benefit and learn about its latest software developments.
The photography studio houses a complete set of professional production and postproduction equipment: film cameras from 35 mm to 4×5, small- and large-format digital cameras, portable lighting systems (flash and steady), and a 200 m2 film set equipped with lights and 9,400 joules of flash capacity. Complementing this equipment is a workshop for digitalization and digital postproduction on calibrated displays, a film darkroom, and a finishing workshop equipped with presses for hot and cold laminating and gluing. All of the equipment is available for students’ use. The studio maintains close ties with the school’s other workshops and studios and is a vital part of the school’s teaching and research missions.
SILK-SCREENING AND PRINTING
The silk-screen and digital printing studio gives students the opportunity to work with two different techniques for printing images. Digital printing is done on two professional-grade machines capable of handling many types and weights of paper and other media (glossy, mat, and semi-mat papers, canvas, blue back, and more). Using the silk-screen press, students can print limited runs on a variety of flat media (paper, cloth, metal, wood, plastic, glass) and in a wide range of colors. These two approaches to the printed image let students gain familiarity with various tools and media and to choose the method of production best suited to the use and purpose of the image, and to how it will be shown and circulated. The support offered in the studio enables students to expand their possibilities while appreciating the technical procedures involved in manual and digital printing. The process of dialogue and reflection lets students make full use of a creative and experimental space that is fully synchronized with the rest of the school’s workshops and teaching resources.
The video workshop introduces students to the use of recording and postproduction equipment (Mac Pros, iMacs), as well as to the software needed for video editing and production (Adobe, Vinci, Apple). The workshop head supports students at every step in the process of audio-visual creation: outline, location scouting, storyboarding and preparation for shooting, postproduction (editing, synching, compositing), and preparation for distribution (compression, posting online, projection…). Throughout, the coordinator works closely with the photography, film, and sound studios.
A variety of editorial projects are conceived and carried out in the publishing workshop. Students may produce publications in single or multiple copies for individual or group projects, or as a graduate thesis project. The workshop houses digital printing equipment, paper trays, and binding materials. The workshop head assists students in planning and executing their projects, providing guidance as they learn to use the workshop’s facilities. Students doing their graduate thesis in the workshop receive particularly close attention. The photography and silk-screen studios, together with the publishing workshop, make up the school’s graphics group, within which images are viewed from various angles, opening up new narrative perspectives, often in association with text. Images can be mounted, linked, put into book form, and laid out over dozens or hundreds of pages. The publishing workshop encourages students to imagine the book as an exhibition space in its own right, or to conceive other ways of presenting and diffusing visual expression.
Students may borrow photographic equipment (cameras, tripods), video equipment (cameras, players, projectors, monitors, screens), sound equipment (speakers, microphones, mixing consoles, recorders, headphones), and other tools and equipment from the school’s store. The loan conditions are laid out in the school handbook.
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