Research in Pavillion Bosio

Research has been part of the school project since its inception. The place it occupies in the curriculum reflects the desire to associate a scientific dimension with the pedagogical aspect.

Research at the Bosio Pavilion is carried out in several ways:

  • Through the elaboration of Research and Creation Workshops in Art & Scenography and partner projects, which serve as a basis for the work of plastic and theoretical investigation of all students, especially those in the project phase (4th and 5th years).

  • By regularly inviting artists and theorists for conferences, seminars and workshops.

  • Through the organisation of an annual colloquium, an event which is continued by the publication of the journal Pavillon.

  • Through the promotion of experimental practices, by accompanying learning and through personal work time. These moments are also an opportunity, during meetings with teachers, to encourage spontaneous dialogue based on forms, situations and clashes, where sensitive experience and intuition play a full part in the construction of coherent thinking.

  • Through the creation of research programmes :

▶ From 2012 to 2015, and as a continuation of the work carried out in 2011/ 2012 around the performing arts, the research programme “Object off Stage” has questioned the place of the object on stage. How does the object intervene on stage today? What functions does it cover and what aesthetics does it produce at a time of associations between animate and inanimate, DIY and mass production, fetishism and denial of materiality? These were the various questions that ran through it. The UDK in Berlin, the Toneelacademie in Maastricht, the ENSAV - La Cambre in Brussels were actors in the course of working sessions that brought together students from each school, as well as numerous speakers. This programme was developed from theoretical perspectives as well as from the analysis of the experiments carried out by the Master and post-graduate students. It gave rise to the organisation of a colloquium, followed by the publication of number 5 of the journal Pavillon, entitled “The Stage Object”.

▶ From 2015 to 2017, the “Living the exhibition” programme was implemented. It continued and deepened the research and experiments begun several years ago on the exhibition formats. Breaking with a classic conception of the museum, the idea of inhabiting the exhibition reflects a dynamic, temporal, lively and social vision of the relationship between the work and the spectators. Practical projects were developed until their realization and presentation to the public. This programme included seminars, workshops, exhibitions, the annual ESAP (La Place des corps) colloquium and publications. Around moments of reflection and historical and theoretical perspective, it brought together on the one hand the University Paris-Sorbonne (Paris 4) and the ESA of Avignon, on the other hand the NMNM (Monaco), alone or with the Master Exerce Etudes chorégraphiques of the International Choreographic Institute (a partnership with the University Paul-Valéry - Montpellier), and finally the MAMAC (Nice).

▶ From 2017 to 2019, the programme focuses on the animal in the exhibition and the performing arts. It questions both the artistic processes and the works produced. It was initially materialized through a collaboration with the Master pro “Contemporary Art and its Exhibition” of the University Paris-Sorbonne (Paris 4), for the curating and the scenography of a fictitious exhibition, Humanimal, an edition of which retraces all the aspects. The philosopher and ethologist Vinciane Despret also spoke on the aesthetic, ethical and scientific issues related to the presence of animals in artistic projects, in preparation for ESAP’s annual symposium, entitled Still Alive (December 2018).