Pluridisciplinary workshops

Pluridisciplinary workshops


The Art Department

Within the Art Department, the Pluridisciplinary Workshop (Atelier pluridisciplinaire – AP) is at the junction of all practices, both individual and collective. As the nucleus of the art department, all the outcomes are articulated around it. Intended as a laboratory for contemporary experimentation and production, the AP allows each student to broaden their practical scope, placing their personal project in a contemporary perspective relevant to the current stakes of art.


Artistic Course: pluridisciplinary course / pluridisciplinary workshop : AP Art

A support workshop linked to the courses included in thus department: drawing, painting, sculpture, performance-installation, video, photography and digital arts.

The AP (Pluridisciplinary Workshop) is a place dedicated to experimentation that seeks out and values new, uncomfortable, and “unlikely” ideas, and blending artistic, visual and sound practices. It aims at discovering the field of art, its current state, its variety, its methods, its modes of thinking, its spaces of existence and its multiple mediums.


Artistic course: pluridisciplinary course / pluri-disciplinary workshop: AP Art

The AP seeks to establish a group dynamics (assignments to small groups of students organized in terms of affinities) while encouraging a creative approach. Punctual exercises are conceived in the form of headings containing various possibilities according to each student’s medium of choice in order to develop their personal reflection on art while drawing out and framing current critical issues in contemporary art.


Artistic course: pluri-disciplinary course/pluri-disciplinary workshop: AP Art

Building on their acquired experience, students develop an autonomous, personal practice in a chosen field. At this stage, the course is focused on these personal practices. The education team is composed of two professors with complementary outlooks, allowing for transdisciplinary perspectives. The educational framework of the AP seeks to help each student develop and broaden their personal practice and elaborate its mediation. To that end, the students are invited to display and present their work on a regular basis and to provide a clear and critical account of their practical approach – preparing them to the goals of the final dissertation, along with its relevance and formal quality. At the end of the year, the students with present their orientations in a dissertation. The third year of Bachelor provides access to a degree. Students should therefore be prepared to present their practice, stepping from the personal to the public sphere.

Media Department

In a world where signs and images have become a fundamental language, graphic designers share ideas, information and emotions. Students are consequently invited to situate themselves in and understand contemporary society while developing their own artistic approach through research and experimentation, associating ethics and aesthetics within the pleasure of creation.

Bac 1

Artistic course: pluridisciplinary course/pluridisciplinary workshop: AP Media

A support workshop for the courses included in this department: typography, graphic design and visual and graphic communication

This workshop will raise questions pertaining to the meaning and structure of images, serving as an introduction to typography, layout, text/image relations, supports, materials, tools and gestures through indirect approaches. The aim is to make the students be able to confront the stakes of media through by discovering personalized approaches and working methods.

Bac 2

Artistic course: pluridisciplinary course/pluridisciplinary workshop: AP Media

This workshop continues the introduction to the graphic vocabulary initiated in Bachelor 1 and connects this vocabulary to a given thematic, while engaging in a contemporary mode of communication and practice.

Bac 3

Artistic course: pluridisciplinary course/pluridisciplinary workshop: AP Media

Making use an array of propositions, this course seeks to consolidate the personal research of the students, who are invited to define their own constraints, their limits, and to delineate their practice. In a written assignment, they will describe and analyze the development and evolution of their practice after three years of secondary studies.

Narration Department

Bac 1

Artistic course: pluridisciplinary course/pluridisciplinary workshop: AP Narration

A support workshop for the courses included in this department: illustration, comics, video and animation film.

This course aims at acquiring narrative construction skills that allows to elaborate narratives by integrating a number of devices and motives taken from classical dramaturgy: editing a narrative structured as an intellectual construct.

Bac 2

Artistic course: pluridisciplinary course/pluridisciplinary workshop: AP Narration

The pluridisciplinary workshop is focused on the diverse nature of contemporary narratives and on the many ways in which to produce a narrative today. A priority is given to the multiplicity of contemporary narrative practices, sometimes remote from classical narrative patterns. Bac 3

Artistic course: pluridisciplinary course/pluridisciplinary workshop: AP Narration

This course is focused on practice. One third of the sessions is devoted to the presentation of fixed and moving images that offer a wide variety of narrative forms: inventory, list, picture book, interviews, loop, repetition, fable, hyper-narration, endless narration, discovery of the narrative dimension of various documents: administrative, medical, architectural documents, police reports… Guest speakers will come and discuss their personal practice.



Art Practice – Critical Tools – Art and Context

The pluridisciplinary workshop within the Masters in Art offers a regular, in-depth follow-up of the students’ work as well as sessions devoted to writing, discussion, and spatial presentations in relation to their work. These activities aim to enable students to have a better grasp of the issues of their practice, to develop critical tools, and to position their practice within heterogeneous contexts. Additional exhibition visits, lectures, discussions with actors from the art world and discussions will be organized. The Masters in Art Pluridisciplinary workshop organizes the external jury examination and prepares the students to this examination. The objectives of this workshop are multiple: - Accompanying the students in developing a personal practice apt to question the artistic issues of the contemporary world. - Allowing the students to develop critical and reflexive tools in order to situate and discuss their work in various contexts - Contributing to the students’ autonomy: increasing their capacity to develop a proper artistic identity and giving prominence to their work through the means of definite criteria and modalities. - Encouraging and accompanying students to exhibit and introduce their work within diverse contexts.

Artistic courses related to the AP :Dialogues

Dialogues around the students’ artistic practice, in small groups or individually, ad hoc, upon request, and according to their needs. The dialogues will offer opportunities for discussing and analyzing methodologies, strategies, forms, presentations, and so on, and occasionally for studying the practice of artists working in or passing through Brussels, meeting with them in their studios or in their exhibition.

Seminar: Making a Fecund Portal / Artistic Practices – Social Criticism

Being present and thinking tomorrow’s history in a pluralistic way. Africa is everywhere, and yet its citizens always have to struggle in order to vanquish anonymity, to surpass stereotypes, to unceasingly reclaim their part in humanity. In today’s world, otherness has become manifest; cities – from Brussels to Paris, from Johannesburg to Lagos by way of Kinshasa, Toronto, Medellin or Berlin – brim with the diversity that shapes our planet. The (political) systems of governance as we know them – incessantly promoting relationships of power and domination – are increasingly losing their barriers and are challenged by the awakening of civil consciousness. But within the tears of its changes/transformations in ways of doing and of thinking: what form of becoming must we choose? How do we make our present moment? Miscellaneous event, artists, or artworks will all be the starting point of a performative discussion, a free and open commentary. We will not dwell on historical answers and solutions; we will seek questions that remain to be asked.

Narratives and Experimentation / Speculative Narration

This Master is dedicated to the research, initiation and production of narratives that tell and transform the world – narrative as a propositional force, narrative as creating universes that introduce new ways of approaching the world. This Masters progressively brings each student to develop and give shape to an original, personal narrative practice, encouraging them to complete it and to circulate it outside the school. Through a dynamics of exchange and sharing, as well as specific courses focusing on contemporary narrative forms and practices that echo, confront and extend the productions of each student, the workshop aims at formulating and articulating each student’s singular universe. The productions will be put to the test of the specific research axis articulated around the notion of speculation.

Artistic course related to the AP : Narratives and experimentation / video seminar

This film and video course is focused on the fruitful relations that unite narration and experimentation, two terms that are too often described in opposition to each other. Placing ourselves at the intersection of the (mainly but not exclusively experimental and documentary) film and video traditions while keeping a close eye to the fields of art, music and performance, we will explore how the experimental approach leads to the disarticulation and reconfiguration of narrative, narrative and formal invention, the re-appropriation and re-invention of reality, an represents of way of worldmaking. Following a thematic/a-chronological progression through the works of visionary storytellers, inventors of forms and brilliant mythmakers, but also in the company of several invited artists, we will approach the many dimensions covered by the terms of narration, experimentation, screening, fiction, and myth.

Seminar : Speculative Gesture

Editorial Politics, erg.edit

The growing number of diffusion platforms has generated a great diversity of content mediation processes. Languages, forms and materials are evolving, adapting themselves to the multimodal sources of information access. The goal of this Masters in graphic mediation is to involve students in a research project centered on the issues of editorial mediation, to be considered in a plural sense in terms of practices, and, in a pluridisciplinary sense, in terms of fields of reference. Editorial intention will be favored over editorial formats. On an individual level, each student will progressively define and circumscribe a specific field of research leading to a critical (the state of the question) as well as artistic (its realization) project. Each project will also question and implement the conditions of its reception and circulation. Erg.edit Masters students will organize a yearly, collective workshop seminar articulating the ongoing research axes, and will be responsible for its public account. They will furthermore organize a public event associating their own productions with those of external authors, publishers and other figures. Graphic Practices and Scientific Complexity

The Politics and Graphic Experimentation / Graphic Practices and Scientific Complexity pluridisciplinary workshop is devoted to the completion of a personal project that will be regularly followed throughout the Masters up to final external jury examination. (Bi-weekly meetings, in-depth follow-up, oral presentation/project conceptualization sessions, conversations with invited guests, notably from the field of sciences.) The personal project is one of the central stakes of erg’s educational approach. What is it about? In what way is it significant? How should it be approached by the students? A personal project is a work autonomously carried out by the students, who progressively define its objectives, formulate the criteria pertaining to its completion and its issue, analyze the political, historical, artistic context, and so on. The working methods do not rely on assignments, and there is no compulsory pathway. Preferably connected to the theoretical dissertation, the project may be formal (focused on visual or plastic research), introspective, documentary, theoretical, militant… and even a bit of all of that at once. All types of practices are welcome: mediation, communication, narration, artistic practices… A vast field of investigation indeed!

Artistic courses related to the AP Politics and graphic experimentation Seminar : Visual Culture (in English)

My proposal will start from Michael Stevenson’s approach to artist publishing broadly, looking in particular at Celebration at Persepolis and Art of the Eighties and Seventies, but I would like to take his very fine art of imitation as a first moment, and then also think with the students about drag, disappearance, parody in relation to other forms of cultural production.

Dernière modification effectuée le 28 août 2018.