UPDATE (12.20)


EXECAL Residence at La Becque 2021

The call for applications for the EXECAL Residence at La Becque 2021 is open. ECAL/University of Art and Design Lausanne, in partnership with La Becque | Artists Residency, offers the opportunity to three alumni to participate in a residency program during summer 2021 in La Tour-de-Peilz, Switzerland.

The EXECAL Residence at La Becque aims at fostering the development of projects and promoting excellence in art and design education. During summer 2021, the EXECAL Residence at La Becque will offer three ECAL alumni the opportunity to each participate in a four-week residency to develop a project in an exceptional setting. The call for applications is open to all ECAL alumni, coming from all disciplines, who graduated at least three years before the beginning of the residency programs at La Becque in summer 2021.

The dates of the EXECAL Residences at La Becque are the following:

  • 1 – 29 July, 2021
  • 3 – 31 August, 2021
  • 3 September - 1 October, 2021

Application deadline: 17 January, 2021, at 11:59 pm CET via the form.

Information and requirements   



ECAL Residence at La Becque

The ECAL Residence at La Becque offers an international guest the opportunity to conduct a personal project at La Becque while guest lecturing at ECAL over the course of a semester.

Academic year 2019-2020

Danielle Lessovitz, screenwriter and film director based in Brooklyn (New York), has been invited to teach in the Cinema department of ECAL for the fall semester 2020-2021. She will simultaneously work on her future film projects. Her practice varies between filmmaking and artistic or video installations. Her projects typically focus on marginalized communities and she often stars non-professional actors. See Danielle Lessovitz’s Masterclass at ECAL here (27.10.20).

Academic year 2019-2020

Mario de Vega, sound artist from Mexico City currently based in Berlin, was the second ECAL Resident at La Becque, from October 2019 to February 2020. Sonority, presence and invisibility are the starting points of his artistic work and research. He taught in the BA and MA Fine Arts as well as in the BA Media & Interaction Design.

Simone C. Niquille, Swiss designer and researcher based in Amsterdam, joined us from February to July 2020, in collaboration with François Zajéga, a software artist living in Brussels. Simone C. Niquille's practice, Technoflesh, investigates the representation of identity & the digitisation of biomass in the networked space of appearance. She taught in the MA Photography and BA Media & Interaction Design, as well as participate in the research project Automated Photography. François Zajéga started his carrier as a designer and web-developer in the early 2000. He later joined the numediart institute, a research lab from to the University of Mons (BE), as a specialist in image processing and human/machine interaction. In the same time, he started to exhibits his work across Europe in festival and galleries. Highly involved in libre software and libre culture, he’s teaching programming for art and videogames in several schools. 

Academic year 2018-2019

Mitch Paone, partner and creative director at renowned Brooklyn-based creative design agency DIA Studio. Specialized in kinetic identity systems, graphic design and typography, Mitch Paone spent four months at La Becque developing his own research project while guest lecturing during the entire spring semester at ECAL, in the Bachelor Graphic Design and Master Type Design programmes. See Mitch Paone’s Conference at ECAL here (17.04.2019).


EXECAL Residence at La Becque 

The EXECAL Residences at La Becque 

awards three alumni with a month-long residency program, every year between July and September, 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:

Laureates 2020

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. 

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.

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, Matheline co-organizes the publication Exhibitions on Paper and recently received the Prix de la Relève Photographique of Pro Helvetia - Swiss Arts Council. She works between Geneva and Rotterdam.

Laureates 2019

Aladin Borioli (BA Photography)

Since 2014, Aladin Borioli has pursued his DYI research project "Apian", looking at the links between honeybees and humans, and at how both beings mould each other. Being drawn closer to the humanities, Aladin graduated in 2018 with an MA in Visual and Media Anthropology at the Freie Universität Berlin. "Apian" has been then presented in artistic contexts as well as in anthropological forms.

Iris Andreadis & Pauline Lemberger (BA Industrial Design)

In 2015, Pauline Lemberger co-founded “Bouchée Double”, in Brussels, a studio where she explores the culinary world at the intersection of scenography, photography, product design and illustration. She investigates cuisine through a global approach, enhanced during residencies in Japan and Mexico but also through the conceptualization of pop-up restaurants. For her part, Iris Andreadis is currently studying architecture in Paris. At the heart of her practice lays her deep fascination for building processes and structures, as well as for smart objects and their economy of means, all of which she had the chance to observe during stays in Greece and Hong Kong. 

Thomas Grogan (BA Industrial Design)

With a background in industrial and speculative design, Thomas Grogan, based in London, has developed an artistic practice that investigates current and future social issues around emerging technologies through various artistic outputs like sculpture, installation, animation and digital platform. His work uses a visual language that is strongly influenced by corporate branding, manufacturing and product hacking.


Call for applications: EXECAL Residence at La Becque 2021. Submit your application until 17 January 2021. ECAL/Arthur Seguin

La Becque, ECAL/Calypso Mahieu

Danielle Lessovitz, ECAL Resident at La Becque from October 2020 to January 2021. 

Simone C. Niquille, ECAL Resident at La Becque from February to July 2020. 

Simone C. Niquille/Technoflesh

Mario de Vega, ECAL Resident at La Becque, from October 2019 to February 2020. 

Galeria Sztuki Współczesnej Bunkier Sztuki

Mitch Paone, ECAL Resident at La Becque from February to July 2019.

ECAL/Calypso Mahieu

Charles-Antoine Chappuis, EXECAL Resident at La Becque 2020, Seed Instrument - Stills.

Image: Charles-Antoine Chappuis.

Julien Mercier, EXECAL Resident at La Becque, summer 2020.

Performance: Paper Synths, Julien Mercier with Raphaël Théolade, SET, London, 2019. Photo: David Williams.

Matheline Marmy, EXECAL Resident at La Becque 2020, Feeders.

Photo: Matheline Marmy.

Aladin Borioli, EXECAL Resident at La Becque, summer 2019.

Beehive, in the framework of his project "An intimacy machine" which explore the age-old interspecies relationship between bees and humans Photo: ECAL/Achille Laplante.

Iris Andreadis and Pauline Lemberger, EXECAL Residents at La Becque, summer 2019.

"Souper Solaire" video.

Iris Andreadis and Pauline Lemberger, EXECAL Residents at La Becque, summer 2019.

"Souper Solaire" research.

Thomas Grogan, EXECAL Resident at La Becque, summer 2019.

"Piqûre-Lunaire": a prospective fiction exploring the role of emerging viticultural techniques which initiate a new positioning of the human species as part of this threatened ecosystem. 

Thomas Grogan, EXECAL Resident at La Becque, summer 2019.

"Piqûre-Lunaire": a prospective fiction exploring the role of emerging viticultural techniques which initiate a new positioning of the human species as part of this threatened ecosystem.