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The Lamplighter:

"Every man in his night goes to his light"
Victor Hugo

The Lamplighter: Architecture - Campus Mana
The Lamplighter: Architecture - Campus Mana
The Lamplighter: Architecture program questions the place of light in the natural environment.
Darkness gradually takes over the surrounding plains and forests. The Ma.Na campus is transformed into a chimerical and dreamlike space. The light becomes a guide and we discover the surroundings with a new eye, outside of reality and without landmarks.
How can we make our mark on a natural and delicate environment? How can we demonstrate our presence without denaturing it?
After the symbolic and dreamlike study of light, and the discovery of the different surrounding and driving forces (rivers, forests, plains, ponds, paths, etc.), the participants are invited to work with metal to create an outdoor luminous device.
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Designers : Kiki Van Eijk et Joost Van Bleiswijk
Artisan : Tristan Colafrancesco
Théoricien(ne) : TBA

Content and forms of teaching

Ma.Na’s innovative pedagogy is based on the contributions of renowned designers/architects, craftsmen specializing in their discipline and theorists who enlighten and put into perspective the creative itinerary of the training. This triptych, enriched by numerous other experiences provided on campus, guarantees participants a complete training program combining conceptual contributions and technical learning.
Ma.Na's team accompanies the participant through a range of complementary activities:
  • A time of reflection and research to document the subject
  • Hours of work in the workshops as well as on the field
  • Various highlights: conferences, visits, masterclasses
  • Individual and collective scenarios
  • Conversations and guidance from tutors and speakers.

Typical day and week schedule

General learning objectives

The program is designed to support the participant on four levels : creation, technical acquisitation, professional project and collective work.
  • The mastery of knowledge and techniques related to lighting and brassware
  • The ability to develop and present one's work,  practice and ideas
  • The ability to pursue a subject
  • The ability to work collectively.

Training tools / materials

  • Access to references, preparation documents, recommended readings, filmography, etc. before the beginning of the training.
  • Technical acquisition via your own selection of hand, stationary and power tools. Includes a brief introduction to the history of these tools, an introduction to their maintenance and use.
  • Creation of your « technical passeport » including evaluations and refresher courses on the use of the different tools & assembly techniques, notably through fundamental practical exercises.
  • Personalized follow-up of your work at the Ma.Na, regular check-ups, intermediate reports and collective presentations at the end of the training.
  • Individualized meeting on your current practice, notably around the portfolio, allowing you to reinforce, correct, and redirect the different questions.
  • The work can be individual, in small groups or collective.

Assessment methods

  • production of an object or family of objects / one or more pieces
  • documented and well-argued final project
  • collective presentation before a jury
  • weighting criteria of the evaluation : 30% training tutor / 30% craftsman / 30% peers / 10% self-assessment
    • using a learning assessment grid
    • the acquisition of knowledge and experience during training, the progress of work and the final rendering are taken into account
  • training validated by a Ma.Na certificate of achievement.

Admission criteria / prerequisites

Self-taught or graduate of the discipline, the experience is assessed during the admission process.
 Selection/admission process:
 Step 1: submission of a portfolio
 Step 2: motivation interview/more precise presentation of the student's artistic project/ practice
 Step 3: validation of the application by the admission board, who ensure the adequacy between the profile and the requirements of the training.

Program details

Material(s): Metal
Domain: Architecture / Light Design
Duration: 2 weeks
Language: French & English

Price: 3500 € inc VAT

Includes tuition fees & full board

Dates : Upcoming Sessions
From 13/03/2023 to 25/03/2023
From 21/08/2023 to 02/09/2023

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