Call for applications 2018

Application deadline : January 26, 2018

Art by Translation is open to young artists and curators seeking to further their research through a postgraduate program dedicated to ⇾ Translation in the arts.

Art by Translation is a research and exhibition program initiated by the École Nationale Supérieure d’Arts de Paris-Cergy and the École Supérieure des Beaux Arts TALM Angers directed by Maud Jacquin and Sébastien Pluot, founding directors and Jeff Guess, pedagogical director. It is supported by the French Ministry of Culture and collaborates with a host of international academic and art institutions.

For the 2018–19 session: California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) and the MAK Center for Art and Architecture in Los Angeles. For a full list of partners consult ⇾ Institutional Partners.

Art by Translation proposes an experimental platform allowing projects to develop organically in various contexts and in different forms: artworks, architectural constructions, exhibitions, study sessions, symposia and publications with prominent invited lecturers. Its model breaks with the classical “research-exhibition-publication” chronology and aims to reconfigure the traditional boundaries between disciplines. The program stimulates collaborations and exchanges, encouraging the redistribution of roles and competencies. Projects are not considered as final results but rather as stages in a process and points of departure for further elaborations.

A main project will act as case study or research model:

The House of Dust by Alison Knowles, a seminal work from 1967 involving the translation of a computer-generated poem into architectures and events is reinterpreted in the present by contemporary artists, architects and researchers. A session at CalArts including seminars, performances and a symposium will inaugurate a year of collective research leading to an exhibition at the MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House in Los Angeles.

Associated researchers for 2018–19

Clélia Barbut, Julien Bismuth, Loïc Blairon, Anthony Carfello, Ken Ehrlich, Priscilla Fraser, Mark Geffriaud, Aurélie Godard, Jeff Guess, Hannah Higgins, Maud Jacquin, Alison Knowles, Lou Maria Le Brusq, Sébastien Pluot, Julien Prévieux, Julia Robinson, Janet Sarbanes, Ines Schraber, Joshua Schwebel, Yann Serandour, Daniela Silvestrin, Anthony Vidler, Nicole Woods, Anne Zeitz etc.


Travel and accommodations are paid by the program.

Each participant receives a production budget of 2000 EUR.


The selected candidates will participate in all of the program’s work sessions and exhibitions, produce works and present their practice in various contexts.

The candidates must have a Master’s degree from a university and/or art school (5 years or equivalent).

The program is in English.


Selection is based on the quality of the work and its relationship with the theme of research: translation in the arts. Performance practices will be a major focus point of this year’s work session. A crucial criteria is the ability to work collaboratively.

Application requirements

We invite the candidates to provide the following documents :

  1. A detailed resume.
  2. A portfolio. (if video and/or sound, please send a link to the work on Vimeo or Youtube).
  3. Letter of motivation, max. 500 words describing current research and its relevance to translation in the arts.
  4. A diploma or an official letter attesting to having a Master’s degree.

Applications and questions are to be sent to the following email:

The ten short-listed candidates will be auditioned by a jury on February 9, 2018