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May 2017 entrance exam subjects

camondo entrance exam

22/05/2017

The written part of the Camondo entrance exams took place on Saturday the 13th and Sunday the 14th of May 2017. Find out the subjects.

Saturday May 13th 2017
The room that doesn’t exist… yet

“Alain Bublex immersed himself in the utopian dream of Peter Cook – member of architect association ‘Archigram’ –  who imagined and designed a modular city built on a superstructure in 1964. Composed of standardized, switchable units and granting great importance to household appliances, this city’s aim was to adapt itself to the needs of its inhabitants. A city under perpetual construction emerges from Bublex’s modified photographs. The digital enhancements aren’t hidden, as the artist plays on the blurred line between reality and fiction. Instead of Cook’s units, Algeco containers are grafted on the shell of an allotment or beach front hotel. The architecture is hybrid, the city is made of evolution,eternally changing its own structure. In the distance, a helicopter is carrying a unit, the metamorphosis goes on.”
Excerpt from the Alain Bublex exhibit at ‘La Chambre – espace d’exposition et de formation à l’image’ press release, September 16th to November 13th 2016, Strasbourg.

 

1- Tridimensional creation : the room that doesn’t exist… yet (build on the cardboard foundation)
With paper (which may be cut, glued, pierced, coloured… ) and your own supplies, you will build your extra room, the one you are missing, an ideal, dreamed space evading all material constraints. A cutout silhouette will give scale to your creation. This creation will need to fit on the cardboard foundation supplied to you and inside the box (it is mandatory to be able to shut the box once the model is inside).

2- Quick memory-based sketches (on A4 paper)
With a single monochrome tool (ball pen, black felt-tip pen, crayon, charcoal, etc… ) you will draw three objects from your imaginary room by memory on a single A4 sheet of paper.

3- Observation drawings
On two A4 sheets of paper, you will sketch at least two drawings : one of your imaginary room placed on the table, by carefully selecting the angle of view and one of your room, from the inside. Your tools are free of choice.

4- Written exam
On one page maximum (one side only), you will describe your missing room, you will justify its function and explain how you translated the concept as a tridimensional entity.

Sunday May 14th 2017
The windows

Looking from outside into an open window one never sees as much as when one looks through a closed window. There is nothing more profound, more mysterious, more pregnant, more insidious, more dazzling than a window lighted by a single candle. What one can see out in the sunlight is always less interesting than what goes on behind a windowpane. In that black or luminous square life lives, life dreams, life suffers.
Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867), Short prose poems, 1869 (excerpt)

 

1- Tridimensional creation (build on the cardboard foundation)
With paper (which may be cut, glued, pierced, coloured… ) and your own supplies, you will build a real or imaginary space, which lies behind a window of your choice. A cutout silhouette will give scale to your creation. This creation will need to fit on the cardboard foundation supplied to you and inside the box (it is mandatory to be able to shut the box once the model is inside).
2- Quick memory-based sketches (on A4 paper)
With a single monochrome tool (ball pen, black felt-tip pen, crayon, charcoal, etc… ) you will draw three objects which might be found behind the window, on a single A4 sheet of paper.

 

Behind the window

 

3- Observation drawings
On two A4 sheets of paper, you will sketch at least two drawings : one of your tridimensional placed on the table, by carefully selecting the angle of view and one of your creation, from the inside. Your tools are free of choice.
4- Written exam
On one page maximum (one side only), you will describe and explain how you translated the concept for what lays behind the window as a tridimensional entity.

 

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