Esadse students in the Biennale


par Raphaël Pigeat

Meeting before Stefania, an exhibition designed by Esadse students, Biennale 2019

The Biennale Internationale Design Saint-Étienne was originally born at Esadse (Saint-Étienne Higher School of Art and Design) in the 1990s of discussions between its teachers and the Director.
They had a vision of an event that would be open to the world of object creation, where there were players from every continent.
The students, the essential driving force behind this original event, were from then on involved in every dimension of the of the design of the Biennale: exhibition curatorship, scenography, visual identity, setting up, production of the catalogue and communication.
This history has undeniably formed the crucible of Esadse's identity.

In a context where research in design and it’s attachment to a local area are major issues and where design is widening its scope to encompass services, representative bodies and governance issues, Esadse is again at the forefront for this 12th edition. Le Monde, sinon rien, the School's exhibition in position in partnership with the Learning Planet Institute, deals with new ways of learning. Sophie Pène and Benjamin Graindorge, accompanied by lecturers and students, propose a variety of experiments on this subject. The School has also been involved in two other exhibitions, Singulier plurielles and At home, by taking part in workshops.

Co-organised with the Ministry of Culture, the second edition of the Dzing Dzing conference on research in schools of art and design will be taking place on 18 & 19 May 2022. It proposes a reflection on drawing as a tool for participating in and transforming research.

Finally, the School is represented in several venues and events programmed around Saint-Étienne Métropole.
The Espacements exhibition, curated by Alexandre Quoi, Director of the Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain de Saint-Étienne Métropole, is an event which will feature a selection of student's final year projects, revealing where their five years of experimentation and research have led them.
This selection will be presented on the Cité du design site and in several galleries in Saint-Étienne: Ceysson & Bénétière, L’Assaut de la menuiserie, Le Garnier des arts and Les Limbes.

By placing Esadse back at the centre, the 12th edition is reconnecting with the origins of the Biennale and heralding a future for it that belongs to the young.

par Raphaël Pigeat

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