The great thing about art schools is that all the stereotypes that they carry along are
true. The lazy idler, the oversensitivity, the abstruse psychobabble, it’s all true. And
it’s the best part. The very last leftovers of the artist’s lifestyle have been perverted by
our late capitalist society, which has naturalized its vocabulary of performance and
personal achievement, emptying their meaning. Can the art school still be a place for
resisting the dominant values, and all that is taken for granted? This is what we would
like to discuss publically in collaboration with the International Art Residency
CAPACETE and the School of Visual Arts Parque Lage.
François Piron is an art critic and a curator. He runs the post-graduate program at the
art school in Lyon (France), an artists’ residency within an art academy.
He will share experiences with the five resident artists of this year: Sophie T. Lvoff
from the USA, Irene Melix from Germany, Lou Masduraud and Georgia René-
Worms from France, and Maha Yammine from Lebanon.