Jean-Paul Fourmentraux (Fr)

Jean-Paul Fourmentraux (Fr)


Artists Laboratory: Research and creation in the digital age

What does “creation” mean in an interdisciplinary context hybridizing arts, science and digital technologies? For twenty years the digital challenges the boundaries between fields of artistic activity that were previously relatively compartmentalized: visual arts, literature, performing arts, music and audiovisual.

Number of artistic projects related to IT and multimedia tech-nologies implement multidisciplinary partnerships coexists where theater, dance, film or video and sound. Artistic creation and technological research, which were once clearly separated areas and virtually permeables are now entangled at this point that any innovation in one interested (and bends) the development of the other. Hybrid works that result from their interpenetration make irreversible fragmentation of old boundaries between art and science. The unique way in which they are recomposed raises questions in part on the joint that, allows research and creation to interact, and secondly on the redefinition of figures the artist and the valuation methods specific to this context works.

For more than just transform the terms of creative work, an equally important stake in these partnerships is a necessary redefinition of (or) purpose (s) of what is produced there. The crucial question then becomes that of the closing of the work and its artistic set values between logical (aesthetic quality, exhibition project) and technology (research and development, industrial transfer). The monitoring of “business” research-creation in digital art (Fourmentraux 2013) will allow us to inform these renewed challenges that cause transformation of modes of allocation and reclamation works, shared between art, science and development technology.

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Jean-Paul Fourmentraux

Master of Conferences in Information Sciences and Communication in the Department Culture, DECCID UFR, University of Lille 3. Doctor of Sociology, accredited to supervise doctoral research by the University Paris V Sorbonne, he is also an associated researcher at the École des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris at the Arts and language Centre for Research. His research examines in particular mutations worlds of art-related developments and the growing use of the Internet and digital technologies, creative activity democratization process. He has published several books including recently L’oeuvre virale (La lettre volée), Laboratory Artists, research and creation in the digital age (Herman) The post-media era – Digital Humanities and Digital Cultures (Herman) Art and Science (Harmattan).