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Ecole Camondo competitive entrance examination 2017-2018

camondo entrance exam

22/05/2017

The table-based tests for the Ecole Camondo competitive entrance exam took place on Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 May 2017. Find out about the subjects.

Saturday 13 May 2017
The piece that does not exist… yet

“Alain Bublex immersed himself in the utopian dream of Peter Cook – a member of the Archigram architects’ collective – who, in 1964, designed the plans for a modular city supported by a superstructure. Composed of standardized and interchangeable cells, giving pride of place to household appliances, this city was designed to reconfigure itself according to the needs of its inhabitants. Reimagined by Bublex, this city under permanent construction is given form through retouched photographs. The editing is obvious; the artist plays with the ambiguity between reality and fiction. Instead of Cook’s cells, Algeco containers are added to the framework of a structure on a housing estate or at a seaside resort. Architecture becomes hybrid, the city is built by extension, constantly changing its structure. In the distance, a helicopter carries a cell, and the metamorphosis continues.”

Excerpt from the Alain Bublex exhibit at ‘La Chambre – espace d’exposition et de formation à l’image’ press release, 16 September to 13 November 2016, Strasbourg.

 

1- Production: the piece that does not exist… yet (on the cardboard base)
With the help of paper (cut, glued, colored, or perforated) and the materials that you have brought with you, create a device giving form to your additional piece, the one that you miss, a piece that is ideal and dreamed, without any material constraints. A cut-out silhouette of a person should give scale to your device. It must fit completely on the base and in the cardboard box provided; the box must remain intact (the box must be closed once the piece has been placed inside).

2- Quick memory sketches (on an A4 sheet)
Using a single monochrome tool (ballpoint pen, lead pencil, felt pen or charcoal, etc.) make a quick sketch from memory of three objects belonging to your imaginary piece, on a single sheet of A4.

3- Observation drawings
On two A4 sheets of paper, make at least two sketches: of your production (the piece that does not yet exist… yet) placed on the table as an object and by carefully choosing your point of view, your production, seen from the inside. The tools are left to your choice.

4- Written exam
In a maximum of one page (one side), describe your additional piece, justify its function and explain how you translated it spatially.

Sunday 14 May 2017
Les fenêtres – “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- Production (on a cardboard base)
With the help of paper (cut, glued, colored, or perforated) and the materials that you have brought with you, create a device giving form to a real or imaginary space that is behind the window of your choice. A cut-out silhouette of a person should give scale to your device. It must fit completely on the base and in the cardboard box provided; the box must remain intact (the box must be closed once the piece has been placed inside).
2- Quick memory sketches (on an A4 sheet)
Using a single monochrome tool (ballpoint pen, lead pencil, felt pen or charcoal, etc.) make a quick sketch from memory of three objects that might be behind the window, on a single sheet of A4.

 

Behind the window

 

3- Observation drawings
On two A4 sheets of paper, make at least two sketches: of your production placed on the table as an object and by carefully choosing your point of view of your production, seen from the inside. The tools are left to your choice.
4- Written exam
In a maximum of one page (one side), describe, explain and justify your production and how you spatially translated what is behind the window.

 

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