The MAPS – Arts in Public Spheres Master program is a 2-year degree in the visual arts, addressing artists and professionals wishing to question the contemporary artist’s relation to the public sphere.
The course offers both practical and theoretical platforms for considering the public sphere in a pluri-disciplinary perspective. It combines a focus on the students’ artistic practice and research projects, workshops offering practical experience in realising projects and interventions in the public sphere, yearly seminars contextualising the students’ theoretical reflection and participation in exhibitions, publishing projects and study trips. The objective is to consider how art addresses different publics, the nature of public participation and collaborative production, approaching a critical analysis of space, and finally the role of the exhibition and curating in the above questions.
Located in the Valais region of Switzerland, the striking natural environment and its location, away from the country’s major urban centres, provide an ideal site for detailed on-the-ground studies in the following areas: environmental and land art, socially-engaged and community projects, site-specific artistic and curatorial interventions in the public space, art and the natural sciences, artistic research practice, and work on the dialectic between periphery and centre.
The network of HES-SO Masters of Visual Arts studies has been designed around three sites: the Haute Ecole d’Art du Valais (ECAV) in Sierre, the Haute Ecole d’Art et de Design in Geneva (HEAD) and the Ecole Cantonale d’Art in Lausanne (ECAL). Each school offers specific areas for in-depth studies:
MAPS – Arts in Public Spheres , ECAV, Sierre
WORK.MASTER – Contemporary artistic practices, HEAD, Geneva
TRANS – Teaching mediation, HEAD, Geneva
CCC – Critical Curatorial Cybermedia, HEAD, Geneva
European Art Ensemble, ECAL, Lausanne