Month: November 2013

Joseph Cornell and surrealism in New York

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Some of us are used not to move from our wonderful campus. Indeed, what for? We can eat, sleep, party, practice sport, get an haircut, get girls, (work), attend to lectures… But this is a shame. “You al engineel now” (private joke), please open your eyes and be curious! We have the opportunity to live close to one of the biggest cities in France, with a higly rich cultural history, bars with exotic drinks, cheap restaurants, tons of events, and in a word an infinite number of things to discover. So, what are you waiting for? Here are some propositions that might guide you for your outings in the city and broaden your horizons…



Joseph Cornell et

les surréalistes à New York : Dali,

Duchamp, Ernst, Man Ray…


Joseph Cornell, Original Collage for Surrealisme Exhibition catalogue Julien Lévy Gallery 1932 – Collection



6 years have been needed to prepare this exhibition, which turns out to be

agreat success. From October, and until February, 10th, some 269 works of arts are exposed at the ‘Musée des Beaux arts’. Mainly focused on the American artist and sculptor Joseph Cornell, one of the pioneers and most celebrated exponents of assemblage, it deals with the period of surrealism in New York. Among Salvador Dalí, Marcel Duchamp, Max Ernst and Man Ray, you’ll be amazed by the enigmatic, inexplicable, unjustifiable principle of these works. A lot of private collections from New York have never been seen in France… It’s a must see!

Musée des beaux-arts, 20, place des Terreaux, Lyon. From wednesday to monday, from 8 to 18. 6 €.

Conception Projects

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    In the second year, INSA students are confronted to a new type of exercise : Conception projects. Their aim is to make students develop a prototype AND build it with the production tools available in Premier Cycle (Usinage, Construction métallique et prodution automatisée). The nature of the projects are really different across the years, and even across the different groups ! However, we can distinguish 2 kind of projects : one where different groups compete against each other with prototypes respecting the same rules, and the more isolated ones where there is no competition, the only goal to achieve is to make it work (as well as possible…). The second one can seem less interesting but in fact some students have the luck to work with professionals making the work of real research units. For example, our SCAN Second have 3 projects: A 3D printer, a tennis ball launcher, and a nut crasher.

    This year’s competition is called “PC-BALL” and consists in creating a tennis ball launcher that is accurate enough to aim a trash bin at 5 meters or a person at 7 meters (This person will catch the ball with a net).
The video below is last year project, a vehicle controlled by a phone or a joystick.

       The idea behind it is to reuse all the knowledge about conception and production we have accumulated during the first and the beginning of the second year (conception lectures are important). These project are really relevant in an engineering formation, this is the time when you come the closest to your future work. This kind of project is what separate the first cycle of INSA of the other classical Prepas (with the level in Math), i.e. much more “applied” subjects: not only pure Math and Physics.

WISC Pictures 2013

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SCANing the WISC ! What a wonderful week-end, and we think that after a little while studying (and maybe getting bored?) it could be a nice idea to have a new look on these two days 🙂 and be sure we do not say “new” without any meaning 😉

Time to re-discover the awesome SCAN section in all its magnificence !

Abracadabra !

Scan the world!

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Every year, lots of (awesome) Scan students travel around the world for their internship or just for fun. Indeed, during summer 2013, they went to Ireland, Bolivia, India, Bali, Spain, England, Romania, Germany and they managed to leave the Scan footprint like indicated on the pictures.

But these trips can also be organized by the students themselves. For instance, a group of 13 Scan firsts went to Barcelona for four days of milk with honey.