The laboratory research programmes of ESADHaR RESEARCH

Several research programmes have been developed within ESADHaR. These are grouped in a laboratory entitled « ESADHaR RESEARCH ».

The laboratory programmes of ESADHaR RESEARCH are the following:  


Édith research, Edith publication, Edith exhibition.
Édith is a research group initiated by ESADHaR in collaboration with the Cneai (National Centre of Publishing and Printed Arts) and the University of Haute-Alsace, Mulhouse.
Édith develops an inventory of the publications of artists and graphic designers form the 1980s to the present and explores the different editorial forms of authors’ publications.
The team consists of artistic researchers, graphic designers, art historians, graphic design historians, librarians, curators and screen printers. A dozen students and graduates also contribute to the Édith laboratory. The site of EDITH (link is external)    


Since the late 1960s, contemporary art has seen the development of artistic attitudes seeking to move away from traditional creation and exhibition places. Working outside the walls of the workshop and gallery, the artists wanted to experience reality through practices called « contextual » and « in situ ». The research group « Cabinet des Écarts Singuliers » was created on 20 January 2004. It operates in this line of work, seeking to examine the role of in situ and/or context in the current creation, to understand how develops this practice and which interactions operate between the site, the work of art and the people linked to these sites. The context of Le Havre or Rouen particularly rich in urban transformations, historical trauma, geographical particularities (the estuary of the Seine, the axis of the Seine) and economic particularities (uninterrupted development of the harbour area over the centuries, population migration) is ideally suited for such research.

The research focus lies in the tension of the relation Art/Nature/Heritage, which is divided into several topics:
- The wasteland and the industrial landscapes
- The space of art and the garden space
- The writing of the context

Interactivity, Design & Art

The École Supérieure d’Art et Design Le Havre-Rouen via its laboratory IDeA (Interactivity, Design & Art) wishes to initiate a collection of works that focuses on the specific problem of the manipulation, learning and digital tools for creation: programmed, generated and interactive graphics, digital installations and online publication.  


As a part of the INTERREG support to border cultural projects, we would like to invite English and Norman students to develop art projects around the Channel, its means of transport and its sites. The expression of common educational needs and the geographical location lead us to wish a project on this sea that brings us together. This extended border is not a limit but a place: The Channel. The Water_Share project proposes to design a workshop to be held regularly on the Channel and the territorial axes serving the coastal line (Hinterland) collaborating in two languages as a symbol of the common area. The sea becomes a geographical space of sharing. The marine resources are the shape of future prosperity. Collaborating on several axes, art schools and English and French universities and laboratories use the Channel as a place of creation.

Exposing Graphic Design, Acts & Research

« A graphic season » is a manifestation gathering graphic exhibitions in several places in the city of Le Havre. It seemed appropriate to create a research group combining several teachers from ESADHaR and founding partners of a graphic season. The objectives of EDGAR are numerous: First of all provoke and brighten contemporary graphic design and accompany the guest graphic designers in the graphic design of their exhibition. But also questioning the practice of the exhibition of graphic design, participate in an inventory of its relevance, develop intellectual and logistical tools that meet its particularity and reflect on the position of the Le Havre town in creating these devices. Finally, organize conferences and seminars, constitute photographic, graphic and written reports of the past seasons, consider different types of publications on contemporary art and its connection to the exposure of this area.



Sociology & graphic design. For several years, Roxana de Filippis and Rozenn Lanchec offer courses to students, so far those of bachelor’s degrees in sociology at the University of Le Havre and those of third year in graphic design for ESADHaR. These interventions took place in the second semester and consisted of the observation, in small groups made up of students of both disciplines, of a “subject” of their choice in Le Havre (the homeless, the wild visiting room of the prison, bus shelters, bus lines, a square, tags and graphs, a walk along the seafront, the maternal ward, a kindergarten class are examples of chosen subjects). We now wish to give more breadth and visibility to this common work and give it a more complete form by focusing on research work with a few students of 4th and 5th year. Look at what is outside: A much bigger picture for wanting to realise its complexity. Show more rather than demonstrate. Go and be elsewhere.  


The museum laboratory is located in Le Havre in the Art School. It examines via images the city of Le Havre and the axis of the Seine to Paris. It compares by associating Rouen, the historic town from the Middle Age, with Le Havre, a unique town from the post war period. This experimental laboratory conducts live experiments and activities of urban dimension and generates an audio, image and multimedia production to process the image of the present time that is running. The resulting production is distributable in shows and on digital networks.  


This research network was formed in 2010 starting from the following observation: The practice of painting and its historical and theoretical developments now require a pooling of potentials and a research policy of which artists, art critics and art students in schools are the natural vectors. Initiated by five organisms, ESAD Grenoble-Valence, EESAB Rennes, ENSA Bourges, ENSA Dijon and the University of Rennes-2, this project has been strengthened by the support of another research network, Paint Club, which is already established in London in the structure of the University of the Arts, andis our constant partner in projects. In September 2012, four art schools joined the research network, the Institut Supérieur des Arts of Toulouse, ESADHaR Rouen-Le Havre, the École Européenne Supérieure de l'Image, Angoulèmes-Poitiers.
What painting is done today and how is it performed? What practices denote the news of painting in the contemporary world? "What is thinking in painting?" This research is presented as an investigation, which invites to explore the codes and models operating today, trace the areas of painting and identify the new movements and the circulations of images.



The main objectives that the Research Laboratory could determine would be:
- document creation devises and understudied forms of creativity and develop a thorough examination on experimental practices where individual and collective creativity intermingle.
- articulate theory and practice through seminars, conferences, exhibitions, experiments conducted in studios and research and creation workshops.
- give strong coherence and visibility to these actions by the organisation of study days, workshops and conferences, by publishing and by the creation of a resource centre.
- vitalise the educational curriculum of the students of ESADHaR. On the basis of shared experiences in recent years in research and creation workshops and studios, and in view of the exhibitions planned under Art Sequana.  


The research objective of CLUB is the questioning of the connection between the creative spaces and the spaces for presentation of art. This questioning takes a particular form in this period of history, in France, where the economic decline gradually affects any part of the distribution network of contemporary art. If the 60s saw the birth of an In-situ art and then the claim of a contextual art, where artists desired to break with the conventions of the exhibition space and interfere differently with the public, this second decade of the twenty-first century may push creators to reinvent the form and manner of their creation due to a lack of a stable meshwork of spaces reserved for the presentation of contemporary art. These still existing spaces are they suitable for new forms of creation? Do they allow a real mediation with all audiences? How can artists imagine the most suitable spaces for the presentation of their creations? All spaces are they potentially places of exhibition? What forms and what economy for new venues of contemporary art? Crossing the theoretical questioning, practical and visual research, interfering with the public space, with the public and the policy makers, this research group wants to be an open platform, which outlines what could be tomorrow’s new places of contemporary creation.


Research Laboratory « VOIR »

The vast field of reflection which is that of visual studies (field of study that appeared in the Anglo Saxon countries in the 1970s and that is focusing on all events in the field of « visible ») has significantly opened perspectives in the field of the study of images. This laboratory « VOIR » will be the place of theoretical reflections including practice and it will address different aspects of this connection with the visual.