Booklet Brochure de la rumeur, 2015.

Launched in October 2010 at the initiative of the European School of Visual Art, the post-graduate program Document and Contemporary Art, in partnership with the École nationale supérieure d’art de Bourges, is open to art or film students, young curators, art critics or theorists seeking to prolong their studies through a three-year, post-graduate research program at the crossroads of the document and contemporary art, irrespective of media or technique.

The aim of the post-graduate program is to foster theoretical and practical reflection on the function of the document and the archive both in the field of art and the broader social world. Participants are expected to follow the program’s collective activities and to undertake individual research that combines artistic production and theoretical reflexion. The individual research project enables participants to obtain, after successfully completing the three-year program, a PhD-level Degree in artistic research.The first diploma will be awarded in October 2015 with a personnal exhibition of Gaëlle Cintré at the galerie La Box in Bourges entitled Geopoetics of a Catastrophe with a one-day seminar on The imagination of Disaster on October 2nd 2015.

The program’s activities are condensed into once-monthly meetings of approximately one week. For these meetings, the program functions as a seminar, inviting artists, theorists or curators. Participants are required attend the collective research seminars and to engage in a regular writing practice in the form of reports and correspondence.

After a sustained inquiry into the concepts of “performative documents,” “paper films,” “scriptology,” and “methodological slippage,” the program focused during the year 2014-2015 on the idea of Rumor as artistic perfomativity..
An annual journal, Cahiers du post-diplôme, provides an account of the program’s activities by bringing together writing and other work from the participating artists and invited guests. The 5th issue of the Cahiers du post-diplôme will be published in October 2015 with contributions by Joan Ayrton, Hugo Brégeau, Érik Bullot, Gaëlle Cintré, Christophe Hanna, Louis Henderson, Ana López Luna, Mónica Restrepo, João Vieira Torrres and Stephen Wright.

The partnership with the Film and Critical Studies departments at CalArts (California Institute of the Arts, Valencia), will be renewed once again this year.
The program’s recruitment is international. English and French are the principal working languages.

Exceptionnally, there will be no recruting of post-diplôme post-graduates this coming year. Hugo Brégeau, Louis Henderson and João Vieira Torres will continue to participate in the program while Thibaut Gauthier will take part as an associate researcher for one year.


Program director
Érik Bullot, filmmaker, professor at the École nationale supérieure d’art de Bourges.
Academic advisors
Stephen Wright, theorist, professor at the European School of Visual Art.
Joan Ayrton, artist, professor at the European School of Visual Art.
External advisors 2015-2016
Rebecca Baron, artist and film-maker teaches experimental and documentary cinema at CalArts (California Institute of the Arts, Valencia), School of Film / Vidéo ; Yann Beauvais, film-maker and art theorist ; Arne de Boever, art theorist, professor at CalArts, Head of the MA Æsthetics and Politics program ; Lucía Kuschnir, artist ; Rabih Mroué, artist.