Intensive Course Module: Marseille/Aix-en-Provence 2-11 July 2018

Open Call for Participation

European Academy of Participation proposes an intensive course module on participation in the arts in Marseille and Aix-en-Provence under the topic:

Métissage des cultures

Artists, working across all disciplines, are increasingly interested in developing a more collaborative practice and responding to complex social environmental and political issues by engaging with different communities through a process of mutual exchange and reciprocity. Therefore EAP in collaboration with the University of Aix-Marseille offers students of third year bachelors, masters and PhD the opportunity for reflections on participatory artistic practice through a process of creative and critical enquiry. The course module in Marseille will take mainly place at the University of Aix-Marseille. It will focus on the fields of fine art, theatre and literature and especially on social engaged art. It will also give insights into cultural mediation, administrative aspects and art in public space. These topics will take into account the local characteristics of the culturally rich Mediterranean port city with its cultural and social diversity. Immigration and colonial history has shaped the city over the last centuries and made it to a cultural melting pot (which can be translated into French with “métissage des cultures”). In order to get a deeper understanding of the citys texture, visits of local cultural structures that are working in the field of participatory art are offered, e. g. to La Friche la Belle de Mai.  To guarantee a horizontal knowledge exchange, you are invited to present your own participatory art projects or future ideas to the other participants. A diploma of successful participation on the course module will be delivered to all participants by the end of the course. 

Learning Outcomes: With this course participants will

  • Gain a deeper understanding of the historical and contextual perspective and current debates around participatory artistic practice including ethical practice
  • Become aware of and able to draw on appropriate strategies and methodologies to work with diverse and collaborative approaches and co-creation
  • Enhance their own participatory arts and/or curatorial practice ranging from generating the original  ideas in partnership with others, to initiating and facilitating appropriate activities, to reflecting critically on their own process. 

 Costs: Travel and accommodation is covered by the project for foreign students coming to Aix-en-Provence/Marseille. There are limited places available.


Profile of the participants: students of third year Bachelors, Masters or PhD in fine arts, art history, art theory, literature or theatre.


Requirements: English language level B2, speaking basic French is a plus.


Please send a motivation letter in English (max. 1 Din A4 page) explaining your interest in participating to this course module or a short CV highlighting relevant studies, artistic practice and/or cultural work experience until February 15th 2018 to lena.birkhold[at]goethe.de . Participants will be selected according to their profiles and experience and will receive an answer in the first week of March 2018.