UPDATE (02.2021)

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

Wataru Kumano is a Japanese product designer. After studying at Aalto University (FI), Kumano worked for Jasper Morrison’s Tokyo-based studio. He has now founded his own design office « kumano ». In 2021, he was nominated Associate Professor at Musashino Art University. His simple and functional designs are inspired by Finnish woodworking techniques as well as traditional Japanese craftsmanship. Kumano will be a guest lecturer in the Bachelor Industrial Design and Master Product Design throughout the spring semester 2021. For his residency project, he will examine the Swiss and Japanese artisanal woodwork techniques to conceptualise new shapes, at the intersection of nature, tradition and daily convenience. 

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

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. 

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.

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.

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 2021

Iskander Guetta (BA Industrial Design) explored the reception and housing conditions of homeless people with his diploma project ABRI+, finalist at the Swiss Design Awards 2019. He undertook a trip to Morocco to explore design practices outside the neo-liberal Western world and an internship at the SELCO Foundation in Bangalore (IND). It allowed him to gain a better understanding of design in the Global South, in order to better perceive the intersecting issues of ecology and decolonization, which he tends to bring to bear in his practice. At La Becque, he will explore the potential and use of atomic shelters in the face of contemporary urban issues (project developed in collaboration with Tanguy Caversaccio, architect).

Mélanie Courtinat (BA Media & Interaction Design), artist and interactive, creates virtual spaces and speculative environments using mediums such as virtual and augmented reality, video games or 3D. By questioning the technical and narrative particularities of the technologies she uses, she actively participates in the mediation and perpetuation of these mediums in the art world. During her residency, she will develop a reflection on digital creation tools and the representation of natural elements to create a series of open access digital materials.

Caterina De Nicola (MA Arts Visuels) resorts to fiction, writing, sound and object investigation, to shape formal and discursive patterns, by developing an analysis of symbols and motifs, as well as their circulation in a larger cultural system. As a dj and producer, she is mostly affiliated with the Zürich based music label and collective Czarnagora. In her residency project, straddling fictional writing and sound investigation, and focusing on techniques of mythopoiesis, she will aim to generate tales of extreme horror and gore, influenced by a historical and social survey of the local surrounding.

Laureates 2020

Charles-Antoine Chappuis (BA Graphic Design) 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) 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) 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.

The call for applications for the EXECAL Residence at La Becque 2021 is now closed. The call for applications for the EXECAL Residence at La Becque 2022 will open in the last quarter of 2021. 


Wataru Kumano, MAS, Karimoku (Photo by Tomooki Kengaku).

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

Mario de Vega, Résident ECAL à La Becque d'octobre 2019 à février 2020.

Audio performance (Studio Cinema) curated by Thibault Walter Professor, ECAL: The Invisible Other. Chapter 1. Vibrancy. When the Divinity Manifests. For visual obstructions, time-based media, light and signal refractions.

Mitch Paone and Meg Donohoe, ECAL Residents at La Becque from February to July 2019.

ECAL/Calypso Mahieu

Iskander Guetta, EXECAL Resident at La Becque in July 2021. Portait: ECAL/Vincent Levrat.

Iskander Guetta, Flmika (credit Iskander Guetta).

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.

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.