We have been able to build cathedrals by overcoming problems of thrust; in its early days photography was mostly a question of chemistry. Inversely, was it not a ‘poetic’ vision of Man’s place in the universe that inspired the Renaissance, opening onto an era where science and technology have triumphed? The history of our cultures is made up of exchanges between art and science and the mastery of the digital medium is clearly establishing itself in this perspective. But are these exchanges anything more than exchanges of good techniques between users of the same ‘object’? Does the researcher, who puts objectivity in the heart of his approach to universal knowledge, and the artist, who attempts to give his subjectivity universal range, exchange harmoniously, or more prosaically, barter? Cannot an exchange be made only when each of them steps out of his usual ways joining together simply to contribute to the meta-project of progression of the ‘conscience’?
MODERATORS : Florent Aziosmanoff & Karine Douplitzky
- Florent Aziosmanoff (France) was an audio-visual director before becoming co-founder and the editorial director of ART3000, where he directed, among others, the Interactive Writing Department and the magazine NOV’ART. As a multimedia author, he is interested in the production of behavioural systems in documentary application programs and interactive fictions.
- Karine Douplitzky received an education in both engineering, at the Ecole Centrale de Paris, and in film directing, at FEMIS. Director, she is a screenwriter and directs documentaries. She is also a writer, a critic of new media and, in this capacity, a member of the editing committee of the media journal Cahiers de Mediologie.
- Jean-Francois Colonna is researcher at the Applied Mathematics Centre of the Ecole Polytechnique de Paris, and at France-Telecom R&D. He has been making synthetic images for around thirty years for the purpose of fundamental research and teaching. Some of these images have been shown and awarded in several artistic events.
- Edmond Couchot is Professor and Director of research and projects at the Universite Paris 8 where he directs the Arts and Technology of Imagery (ATI) programme. He is interested in particular in the relation between image-related arts and computer technology. He was originally a visual artist and, as early as 1965, had created interactive systems asking for the viewer’s parti¬cipation. Computer resources in real time have allowed him to continue and develop this research.
- Jacques Perriault is Professor in Information and Communication Sciences at Paris X Nanterre University. His work concerns the various uses of communication machines, both from an historical and contemporary point of view.