Call for Applications: Master of Arts in Public Spheres (MAPS) Program


Deadline: 3 April 2020


MAPS—Master of Arts in Public Spheres—is an agile multi-sited program which foregrounds travelling and displacing as part of its experimental approach to artistic research. The two-year program is part of the HES-SO University of Applied Arts and Sciences and is geared to artists, who wish to explore the relationship between art and environmental, political, cultural, and media-related dimensions of the public sphere.

The program is composed of eight stations per year, each consisting of 7–10 days, in which the student’s work becomes a starting point for continuous reflections and artistic exchange. These fluid node points with their various forms of (un-)learning, include research activities, seminars and workshops, screenings, performances, exhibition making, collective discussions and face to face discussions. Stations are conceived by visiting lecturers, students and tutors and foster highly concentrated and convivial moments during which the participants interrogate the public spheres by intervening artistically, investigating environmentally and socially engaged art practices, considering writing and publishing as an artistic practice, working with postcolonial, queer and feminist theories, and adopting alternative approaches to pedagogy. In between the stations, the artists continue their research individually or within self-organized Study Groups, a process that is supported by tutors. Due to the program’s pluri-national context, collective exchange usually take place in English. However, Arabic, French, German, Italian and Spanish are frequently spoken languages among tutors and students and navigating in-between linguistic spaces has become a common practice.

Current research questions investigated by the faculty include art and labour, politics of attention, environmental crises, speculative narratives, transformation through repetition, critical site-specificities as well as feminist, post and decolonial art histories.

Collaborations with art residency programs offer a fluid transition between the program and the ensuing artistic career. The program’s sustainability is also founded on the regular contributions of alumni whom MAPS support as artists, cultural agents and co-researchers.

Applications and requirements
Required qualification: Bachelor's diploma in visual arts and/or equivalent training and experience. Applicants must submit their application in English or French by April 3, 2020.

All information on the EDHEA  website