8 to 19 September 2021

The exhibition of graduate work starts a new cycle of exhibitions at ÉSAD Orléans for the  2021-2022 school year. The title, Search Bar, in French  “Barre de recherche”, is an  invitation to share some facets of research in art and design as it now stands in our school and beyond. 

The previous cycle of exhibitions, Uncool Memories, born in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, reminded us of how being able to show work is absolutely vital for artists or designers. It is not only for graduates to gain visibility but also (and especially) to keep track of research. This interval calls to write a new phase in the life of those who were still students a few weeks ago. It is only through sharing the other’s sensitivity, looks, words and intellectual exchange that this new phase of artistic and creative research can be forged.

Whether the research is personal, collective, collaborative or falls within the four programmes of the school research unit (l’ECOLAB), it is always in art and design, interacting with its time. Thus, the 2021 graduates embody design in response to current topics, spanning our digital environment, which seems to greatly depend on our social, economic, political and private life today. In the students’ work, we understand how it touches reading, writing and the way children see; it influences our representation of time and space, our landscapes, forms, data culture, our live and read-only memory. Henceforth, sounds, images, texts, objects and bodies register in the same way. The projects which create a dialogue between music and graphic design, image and code, perception and action, interaction and performance, clearly demonstrate this. In an effort to not give into the world of the past, the projects tackle the ecological transition. They also deal with the political questions which lie in the heart of typography.

with Lucie Bretonneau, Alice de Oliveira Reis, Hugo Du Roure, Éléonore Fines, Nicolas Lemaitre, Yen Chen Lin, Amélie Samson et Eva Vedel

Scenography Olivier Bouton

Coordination Catherine Bazin


Lionel Broye, Emmanuel Cyriaque, Sylvia Fredriksson, Maurice Huvelin, Didier Laroque, Gunther Ludwig, Uli Meisenheimer, Sophie Monville, Nicolas Tilly, Caroline Zahnd

Practical Information

Exhibition from 8 to 19 September 2021
Galerie de l’ÉSAD
14 rue Dupanloup – 45000 Orléans
Monday to Friday 10.00 a.m. to 8.00 p.m. 
Open on Saturday 11,18 and Sunday 19 September from 2.00 to 6.00 p.m.
Extended opening hours Friday 17 to 9.00 p.m.
Free access on presenting the sanitary pass