Work.Master is devoted to contemporary artistic practices. It is organized around projects, developed by students together with artists, curators, writers, art critics, researchers… Rather than offering a formatted curriculum, Work.Master takes the risk of proposing a heterogeneous programme. Work.Master aims to adapt to the sensibility of each personality it gathers, to the inventiveness of each methodology it helps building, and to the non-orthodox, emancipated propositions of its students. It is the ambition of the Work.Master to support the development of highly personal languages and questions around what it means to produce art today.

The course offers various Lab.Zones, experimental and collective situations that are created to help craft steady relationships between the students, visiting teachers and faculty members. These are not just temporary encounters but exchanges that will last during the course of the two-year programme and often beyond that. The idea is to be able to wander and ponder, to take walks and trips, to extend conversations beyond their reasonable length, to produce books, exhibitions, and many other formats apt to challenge the conditions of reception and production of art, to get involved with Geneva's art scene and to present one's work and various projects both locally and internationally. 

In the same spirit, seminars are led by different teachers who are theorists, curators or artists, all coming from various backgrounds. They enrich and complete an educational philosophy that aims to place the development of students' practices at the centre of the curriculum and to shape artistic positions that are supported in the form of text, critique, and writing in general as well.

Besides promoting discursive formats and modes of communication, Work.Master also conceives its pedagogical role as one of producer, in collaboration with local and international institutions, independent spaces and selected individuals. Past and recent projects include, among several others: Making TV-shows with the American Berlin-Based artist Vaginal Davis; A performance by students for the closing days of Mai-Thu Perret’s exhibition The Blazing World at Spike Island in Bristol; Making and performing a Dance piece with the Swedish choreographer Mårten Spångberg, a documentary with the Scottish artist Morag Keil, or a study trip and performance with the London-based Anthea Hamilton to Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo; making a movie together with the French artist Lili Reynaud Dewar in Rome or in Marfa, Texas; creating and launching the magazine Pavillionesque #2 with the Polish artist Paulina Olowska; A study trip with Paris and New York based writer and editor Catherine Chevalier from May Magazine, building of a functional canteen with the French artist Marie Angeletti to serve daily lunch to the whole department at a reasonable price, fully run by students, or making of the movie Radical Chic together with Vienna-based artist Verena Dengler in between Vienna and Geneva, as a few examples.

Work.Master offre des espaces – physiques et conceptuels – dédiés au développement de votre pratique artistique, sans distinction de médium, d’esthétique ni de format. Ouvert à la mise en partage, à l’enrichissement et à la précision de votre territoire de recherche, le programme vise à amplifier vos idées, à les mettre en question et en forme, ainsi qu'à en générer de nouvelles. Il s'agit d'élargir vos horizons pratiques et théoriques, de réaliser des projets très divers et hétérogènes, au contact des autres participants, mais aussi bien sûr, d’artistes, de curateurs, de théoriciens, d’acteurs artistiques d'envergure internationale.

L’équipe enseignante, composée d’intervenant-e-s réguliers et de nombreux invité-e-s, travaille avec vous, collectivement et individuellement. Le travail artistique et la recherche individuelle sont placés au centre de la pédagogie. Votre pratique se développe à l’échelle 1/1.

La pédagogie de Work.Master se fonde sur trois piliers. Les Critical Sessions, tout d’abord, sont l'espace dans lequel vous vous appropriez les moyens de présentation et d'analyse de votre travail. Les Lab.Zones, ensuite, sont des projets autour d’un thème ou d’un questionnement, des laboratoires à géométrie variable, orientés vers l’expérimentation, et mobilisant des énergies collectives. Elles sont animées par des artistes ou des théoricien-nes, des enseignant-e-s ou des invité-e-s du Work.Master. Enfin, les séminaires, offrant les bases d’une réflexion théorique et méthodologique, sont animés par des théoricien-ne-s venus d’horizons divers (philosophie, histoire de l’art, anthropologie…) et engagé-e-s dans des activités non moins diverses, le plus souvent liées à la critique, l’écriture, la recherche, mais aussi la production d’expositions ou de formats éditoriaux.