Pedagogical Info

TEACHERS & TUTORIALS

LABZONES
Calla Henkel & Max Pitegoff
Reba Maybury
Lili Reynaud Dewar
Fabrice Gygi
Bastien Gachet
Labzone autogérée en collectif par les etudiant-e-x-s

WORK.MASTER SEMINARS
Marie-Laure Allain Bonilla
Giulia Bini
Clovis Maillet 
David Zerbib

PRACTICAL TUTORS
Mabe Bethonico, Bastien Gachet, Fabrice Gygi, Marlie Mul, Mai-Thu Perret, Lili Reynaud-Dewar, Laure Marville 

THEORY TUTORS
Marie-Laure Allain Bonilla, Giulia Bini, Jill Gasparina, Christophe Kihm, Krzysztof Kosciuczuk, Clovis Maillet, Iléana Parvu, David Zerbib, Emmanuelle Pireyre, Lili Reynaud Dewar, Mabe Bethonico

EXTRA PROJECTS
– Methodology Seminar (mandatory for WM1)
– Reading workshop with Krzysztof Kosciuczuk
– Artist talks by various guests throughout the year
– Bureau des Interventions Publiques (BIP)

INDIVIDUAL TUTORIALS
We are fortunate in the Work.Master to be able to welcome various tutors and guest artists with whom we strongly encourage you to meet for individual tutorials, to discuss your practice and your theoretical reflections through diverse views and experiences.

In 2022/2023, you can sign up for meetings/tutorials with: Dorine Aguerre, Marie-Laure Allain Bonilla, Mabe Bethonico, Giulia Bini, Constance Brosse, Bastien Gachet, Jill Gasparina, Calla Henkel, Krzysztof Kosciuczuk, Donna Kukama, Reba Maybury, Marlie Mul, Clovis Maillet, Laure Marville, Ileana Parvu, Emmanuelle Pireyre, Max Pitegoff, Lili Reynaud Dewar, David Zerbib.

Appointments for tutorials can be made here. These appointments are a real commitment by both tutor and student therefore if you are unable to attend an appointment, it is essential that you inform the tutor concerned well in advance by e-mail.

TUTORING
From the second year of the Master (WM2), each student must choose a practical and theoretical tutor from the lists proposed. These two tutors are your main interlocutors to discuss your work throughout the year and to follow the evolution of your practice towards your diploma.

PRACTICAL TUTORS
are chosen by the student at the beginning of the second year of the Master (WM2). The deadline for this year is 3 October 2022.

THEORY TUTORS
are selected during the spring semester of the 1st year (WM1) (the deadline will be communicated later in the year).

Note: Each tutor has a limited number of students that they can take on. You should meet with the tutor to discuss and so they can confirm their tutorship with you.

You can meet for individual tutorials with all tutors, not only the tutor that you will mainly work with!

COLLECTIVE MOMENTS

WORK.MASTER STUDENT MEETINGS

For two years now, regular discussions have taken place within the programme to address issues such as student participation, possible (delegate) representation and in general to give space to different desires and demands coming from the students, as well as to improve the collective and participative dynamics of the programme. 

We strongly encourage you to continue these discussions and to meet regularly, for example if you want to present any ideas and requests you may have for the programme to the coordination team. The assistants are here to help you organise this initially and to listen to you, but the idea is that this should be primarily a student initiative!


STUDIO PRESENTATIONS
In the Work.Master calendar you will see that some Wednesday afternoons are dedicated to "Studio Presentations" (16 Nov, 7 Dec, 1 Mar, 15 Mar, 17 May). These moments are a space to meet, to in small groups discuss your work, your projects in general, technical or conceptual issues, research topics: all topics related to your practice, in a relaxed way, with a group of students and tutors in your studio. The work you present does not have to be finished, it can also be work in progress. This year we will focus on the fundamental issues of hanging, displaying and communicating your work. All students are of course welcome!

Practical tutors, theory tutors, and assistants participate on these Wednesday afternoons according to their availability at the time. These moments are not critical sessions, nor are they workshop visits or tutorials. The idea is to reserve space in the weekly programme for more flexible times, and to remain open to whatever might happen during these sessions. However, if you do attend, we ask that you stay for the entire afternoon of talks and presentations, in order to keep the group dynamic.

If you wish to discuss your project during one of these times, you can email the assistants so that we know we should come to visit you in your studio, but we will also walk around on these Wednesday afternoons and ask you spontaneously if you wish to participate.

Student critique sessions are also part of the programme, you are free to organise them yourself, in the building or outside, and to inform the rest of the master if you wish. If you need help in organising a self-organised discussion group, please email the assistants.

SEMESTER EVALUATIONS

WINTER MEETINGS
In the Work.Master the Winter Meetings replace the January juries and last for a full 2 weeks for all students. Participation in the Winter Meetings does assign credits (like the juries) but the spirit is quite different than a 'classic' jury moment. On the one hand, because students actively participate in the discussions about the work of fellow students (whereas during the juries they are not invited to speak, it is just the jury speaking), and on the other hand because they are encouraged to organise themselves in small groups of 5-8 students per afternoon (both years WM1 and WM2 combined): these groups present a joint exhibition and follow the whole afternoon with discussing the work presented. Each group of students functions as a small workshop: the group must choose a person from outside the school, preferably from the Geneva scene or not located too far, who will be invited to follow and comment on this afternoon alongside the other students and one or two members of the teaching staff. The idea is to think of this January as an intense moment of exchange and discussion, a moment in which the students play a central role. If students have suggestions for alternative formats during these 2 weeks of Winter Meetings, this can be discussed beforehand in the Student Meetings.

END OF YEAR AND DIPLOMA JURIES
Juries in their 'classic' format take place in June. They consist of a presentation of the work with a hanging to a jury composed of artists, curators and other contemporary art personalities, who do not necessarily know your work beforehand. A discussion takes place after the student-led presentation of the work. The practical tutor is also present for the diploma juries. It is compulsory for graduating students to bring a copy of their portfolio and a version of their written thesis to the jury presentation.

Students that will be presenting their diploma have the possinbility to choose one of the members of their external diploma jury via a collective discussion and a form that will be validated by the school at a later stage. This person should be based in Europe, in Switzerland, or in the countries bordering Switzerland. The choice for this external jury member should be decided on among all students doing their dilpoma jury and announced to the coordination sufficiently in advance.

Practical information:
- It is important to book the rooms as soon as you receive the diloma schedule (via your HES email), taking into account the set-up and dismantling time of your work/installation.
- We advise you to book equipment from the audiovisual desk as far in advance as possible.
- If your presentation requires an incompressible length of time (film, performance) that goes over the normal jury presentation time, it is possible to ask for an exemption, by making the request at least 4 weeks in advance to the assistants.
- There will be Student Meetings prior to the jury/diploma, where all these practical questions will be dealt with!