The EXECAL Residency in La Becque grew out of a partnership between ECAL and La Becque, an artists’ residency launched in September 2018 by the Françoise Siegfried Meier Foundation on the banks of Lake Geneva, between Lausanne and Montreux.

This was the first cooperative venture between La Becque and a School of Art and Design, and sought to promote outstanding research projects in the field of art and design.

Consequently, from summer 2019 onwards, the EXECAL Residency in La Becque offers three former ECAL students the opportunity to participate in a four-week residency and explore La Becque’s main thematic areas, namely the intersections between nature and technology, and benefit from its unique facilities. Projects resulting from the residencies, regardless of discipline, will be included in a digital catalogue of EXECAL Residencies in La Becque.

Applications are welcome from all ECAL alumni, regardless of discipline, providing that they graduated at least three years prior to the start of the EXECAL residency in La Becque.

Call for applications for 2021 Residencies: open from 2 December 2020 until 17 January 2021.

Photo : ECAL/Calypso Mahieu
2020 residents

ECAL/University of Art and Design Lausanne is happy to announce the laureates of the second EXECAL Residences at La Becque I Artists residency. 

Each will be granted with a month-long residency program, between July and early October 2020, with the objective to develop a project connected to their practices but also to the thematic focus of La Becque, the exploration of the relationship between nature, the environment and technology as seen through the prism of art and design.

Therefore, the jury composed of Catherine Othenin-Girard (President, EXECAL – Association des anciens étudiants et des amis de l’ECAL), Luc Meier (Director, La Becque) and Alexis Georgacopoulos (Director, ECAL) selected:

Charles-Antoine Chappuis (BA Graphic Design, 2014) 

is a Swiss-Brazilian multidisciplinary artist, living and working in Amsterdam. He investigates textile structures and handmade processes to create sculptural objects and installations; playfully referencing the archetypal forms of the home and the experiences linked to these. After his studies at ECAL, Charles-Antoine specialized in textiles under Anne Masson at La Cambre in Brussels. He researches materials for various artists and designers in The Netherlands and his personal work has been exhibited and sold internationally through galleries and design shops. 

> La Becque Archives

Julien Mercier (BA Graphic Design, 2012) 

is a computational artist and designer from Switzerland. He collaborates with various institutions across Europe involved in design and artistic research. His core topics of interest are ethics and accountability in Deep Learning. His work ranges across installation, sound, and video, and aims to unravel the mystifying capacity of artificial intelligence, as following both material and conceptual concerns. His artistic research de-situates notions like human vs non-human intelligence, nature vs culture, or authority vs autonomy. It manifests itself as simulacral spaces or artifacts where concepts of power, possession, truth, original and copy are shown to be obsolete. In 2019, he completed an MA in computational arts at Goldsmiths University of London.

> La Becque Archives (to come?)

Matheline Marmy (BA Photography, 2016) began her studies at ECAL and HFBK Hamburg in Photography and completed a Master degree in Fine Arts at the Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam in 2019. Her current research engages forms of observation and recording of temporal traces left by living organisms- whether human, chemical, or bacterial. With a mainly process-based production pattern, her work involves experimentation with material transformations, from phenomena such as growth, invasion, corrosion and sedimentation. Additionally, she runs the non-profit space Cabinet in Rotterdam as well as co-organizes the publication Exhibitions on Paper. Matheline recently received the Prix de la Relève Photographique of Pro Helvetia - Swiss Arts Council. She works between Geneva and Rotterdam.

> La Becque Archives

Program dates: 

The four-week residencies will be offered to these three ECAL alumni:   

  • July 8 - August 5, 2020
  • August 7 - September 4, 2020
  • September 8 - October 6, 2020

Photos: Charles-Antoine Chappuis - David Williams - Léonard Rossi
2019 residents

The successful candidates enjoyed each a month’s residency between July and September 2019 with a view to developing a project related to their own practice which also falls within La Becque’s chosen theme, namely the exploration of the intersection between nature and technology.

Consequently, a panel comprising Catherine Othenin-Girard (President, EXECAL), Luc Meier (Director, La Becque) and Alexis Georgacopoulos (Director, ECAL), selected:

Aladin Borioli  (BA Photography) - July 2019

Since 2014, Aladin Borioli has been pursuing, DYI “Apian”, a research project examining the links between bees and humans and how each group shapes the other. As Aladin's interests are close to those of the human sciences, he completed a course in visual anthropology at the Freie Universität in Berlin in 2018. His “Apian” project is closely aligned both with art and anthropology. 

> La Becque Archives

Pauline Lemberger and Iris Andreadis (BA Industrial Design) - August 2019

In 2015, Pauline Lemberger co-founded the “Bouchée Double” studio in Brussels. Here she explores the culinary world through scenography, photography, object design and drawing. She adopts a global approach to cuisine that she has developed during her residencies in Japan and Mexico and in her numerous pop-up restaurants. Iris Andreadis is currently studying architecture in Paris. Her fascination for smart buildings and objects created with an economy of means, as observed in Greece and during her residency in Hong Kong, underpins her practice.

> La Becque Archives (video)

Thomas Grogan (BA Industrial Design) - September 2019

After training in industrial and prospective design, Thomas Grogan, based in London, has developed a research-led artistic practice in which he examines current and future social issues related to new technologies through various artistic media including sculpture, installations, video animation and digital platforms. His works visual language is clearly influenced by corporate marketing strategies, and the production and re-appropriation of industrial products.

> La Becque Archives (video)
Photos : ECAL/Aladin Borioli, Pauline Lemberger, Thomas Grogan