Workshop Week 2019

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Every spring semester the students, faculty, and staff of Paris College of Art take a break from the regular schedule of classes and engage in a variety of exciting and challenging workshops. This is an opportunity for all to step away from the intensity of the academic year and breathe fresh air into their pursuits and develop new ideas.

Mandatory for all PCA degree students.
Workshops are open to all PCA students, faculty, and staff, but not open to the public.

PCA Workshop and Study Week: April 23-26, 2019

Investigating the future: A design fiction workshop with Benoit Renaudin

Fiction, foresight and speculation are alternative ways of thinking and taking action in design. They make it possible to project oneself into future societal problems and to detect future uses, gestures and behaviors.

Design fiction is another way of approaching a project, centered on the user of the future, making it possible to approach a social issue from the angle of an object or service that does not – yet – exist. In this workshop we will invent probable or improbable objects of the future! On the agenda: writing scenarios, prototypes, performances, videos… The important thing is to experience what our societies will experience in a few years by making their artefacts. Please bring a laptop, camera (or camera phone), and notebook.

WHEN: Tuesday April 23-Friday April 26, 2019
10am-5pm (with independent work on Wednesday and Thursday before 16:00 so it can be compatible with a make-up class.
WHERE: Room 406
HOW TO SIGN UP: This workshop is required for MDES students, others may participate on a space available basis.
Email linda.jarvin@paris.edu before Thursday April 18, 2019. Seat availability is limited.

Spatial *Design*: A talk with A U S / Marcos G. Rojo on the Limits of Control
(or the Unbearable Slightness of the Architectural Form)

A U S is Architecture, Unstrictly Speaking: unstable, evolving, non pre-determined mediums for unexpected uses. It is a cooperative structure that offers innovative solutions in the architectural and publishing industries which challenge the limits of design and its traditional forms of materialization. Architecture, Unstrictly Speaking, is a collaborative project to develop a strong, engaged and serious -yet full of humor- agenda for the practice of contemporary architecture nowadays.

Marcos G. Rojo is principal architect at A U S and an educator. He graduated with honors from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid and was awarded a Master of Sciences in Advanced Architectural Design with distinction for Excellence in Design by Columbia University in the city of New York. He has been affiliate student at the Bartlett School of Architecture and Built Environment and Applied Architectural Research fellow at GSAPP. His work and research projects have received numerous prizes and awards such as the Lucille Smyser Lowenfish Memorial Prize, the AAD Exit Lectures Award or the Kinne Research Fellowship Award. He has collaborated with different European architectural practices such as Lacaton & Vassal Architectes, Ateliers Jean Nouvel or Solid Arquitectura and his works were included in the 2009 edition of the «Arquia Proxima» catalog for emerging Spanish young architects. As an educator, he has taught at Barnard and Columbia College, the Graduate School of Design (Harvard University), the Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation (Columbia University) and the Escuela Politécnica de Arquitectura de Madrid (UPM). He currently teaches in the Interior Design department at Paris College of Art.

WHEN: Tuesday April 23, 2019
10-11:15am
WHERE: Room 401
HOW TO SIGN UP: The talk is required for Principle of Branding students.
Open to all, no need to sign up. If you have questions please contact lucrezia.russo@paris.edu

Graphic *Design*: A talk with Etienne Macquet on Time, Matter, Hand

Etienne Macquet opened his own independent graphic design studio in 2016, focusing on art direction, book design, visual identities and more generally printed and digital matters. Looking sideways, he designs singular shapes depicting complex subjects. Recently: books for Renault and Le Signe—Centre national du graphisme, visual identity for the French company Terra 3D, typefaces for Art faber. Meanwhile, he leads a research focused on astrophysics and quantum physics popularisation. He graduated from the École nationale supérieure des arts décoratifs in Paris, and received several awards for his work.

WHEN: Tuesday April 23, 2019
11:30am-1 pm
WHERE: Room 401
HOW TO SIGN UP: The Talk is required for Principle of Branding students.
Open to all, no need to sign up. If you have questions please contact lucrezia.russo@paris.edu

Social *Design*: A workshop with Max Franklin, in collaboration with offschool on Practical Actions Towards Ethical Technology

Privacy, Freedom, Ownership, and Identity: contemporary topics surrounding our every day technologies. Living our lives simultaneously on and offline our concept of what is “private” has been rewritten. Private correspondence with your friends, clients, and the act of engaging with an audience is a seemingly banal activity. The functionality of these actions becoming further effortless, sold as democratic, accessible, connective. Are the costs for these services equally straightforward? Who is actually paying the price for the luxury of our connected lifestyles?

Those exposed to the data harvesting practices of the tech giants, often respond with “I don’t mind, I have nothing to hide”. This position does not take into account what one’s personal data says about others. Data functions as a way to assess, compartmentalise, and oppress the less privileged groups in our society. Police planning, financial support, and professional worth are analysed using “bias free” software, using “anonymous” data to “optimise” systems. These optimisations do not democratise, nor liberate communities. Rather they enforce prejudices, and colonialism through white western aspirations for progress and value in the forms of machine like efficiency, financial worth, and other reductive measures of success.

As empirical data has insufficiently driven change in societies concerning our Environmental Collapse, the creative practices have stepped up to the challenge to illuminate these issues to inspire change. We need creative intervention to expose the unsustainable practices of the tech giants and promote alternatives. In this workshop you will be introduced to open source technology and community, alternative services to replace those supplied by Google, Facebook, Amazon, and explore the inclusive possibilities that open source can provide. For this workshop all you need is a computer, email address, and the will to explore alternative technologies that emphasise inclusion for a broader spectrum of participants.

WHEN: Tuesday April 23, 2019, 2-5 pm
WHERE: Room 401
HOW TO SIGN UP: The workshop is required for UX Design students.
Open to all, no need to sign up. If you have questions please contact lucrezia.russo@paris.edu

Presenting Your Best Artist Self

As artists, it’s important to express yourself through your art. However, it’s also important for you to be able to talk about your work in a professional manner to an audience whether at a school critique, to a jury, at a competition, or to gallerists.

This workshop, organized by Megan Tierney (PCA Admissions) and Yoshiko Shimada (PCA Careers & Student Life), to give you tools for you to improve your presentation skills. The workshop will focus on identifying bad habits and discussing strategies for improvement and techniques you can use.

Bring an artwork with you!

WHEN: WEDNESDAY APRIL 24, 2019 11am-12:30pm
WHERE: Room 206
HOW TO SIGN UP: Email career-development@paris.edu with the subject: PYBAS, by Thursday April 18, 2019.

Working in France

This workshop is aimed for students who want to pursue a professional career in France, but have little knowledge of the French job market. The workshop will cover:

  • Career Planning checklist;
  • Different types of contracts;
  • Visas;
  • Interviewing: culture, follow-up, salary expectations and negotiation; basic do’s and don’ts;
  • Interacting with colleagues;
  • French language: work French vs. colloquial French – starting and ending emails, vocabulary to connect ideas, different ways to politely disagree, different ways to agree, basic office vocab etc.

WHEN: THURSDAY APRIL 25, 2019 11am-12:30pm
WHERE: Room 206
HOW TO SIGN UP: Email career-development@paris.edu with the subject: WORKING IN FRANCE, by Thursday April 18, 2019

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