[ISEA2023] Institutional Presentation: Etienne Armand Amato, Etienne Perény, Noam Assayag & Kevin Beaufils — The Virtual2 LabX Initiative of Avatarial Studies & Creation

Institutional Presentation Statement

Keywords: Avatar, incarnation, immersion, arts, sciences, technologies, creations, transdisciplinarity, contribution, laboratory, virtuality

The ambition of this initiative is to build a transversal “object-oriented” field of research, under the title “Avatarial Studies and Creations”, which can bring together various artistic and scientific theorizations and experiments in order to constitute a virtual laboratory of the Virtual, i.e. a techno-social breeding ground of inventions and emergences.

  • Étienne Perény is an honorary professor in communication and interactive design, a member of the Laboratoire Para-graphe (Paragraph Laboratory) at the Paris 8 University and an associate at the DICEN-IDF laboratory. With initiatives form to study the basis of his original theory on interactive images and video games, he is co-author of Devenez avatar (Becoming Avatar) a scientific method used to study the av-atarisation phenomenon.
  • Étienne Armand Amato has been a senior lecturer in infor-mation and communication science at the Gustave Eiffel University and at the DICEN-IDF laboratory since 2014. He studies interactive audiovisual forms (video games, virtual reality), ludic communication and media avatars. At the Paris 8 University, he trained in film studies, multimedia and ethnomethodology. From 1999 to 2003 he was a con-sultant in futurology at France Telecom. He developed OMNSH and, from 2001 to 2005, actively took part in the seminar, Action sur l’image. For 15 years, he developed re-search programs and workshops with Étienne Perény. He has also been a professor and researcher at Gobelins École de l’Image in Paris, director of the Video Game School (ICAN), training manager at Mastère IDE, and a scientific consultant and facilitator at IHEST.
  • Noam Assayag, Digital Strategist, Writer, Translator https://www.linkedin.com/in/noam-assayag-71a7621b
  • Kevin Beaufils is researcher at the Human and Artificial Cognition Lab (CHArt). He has a master’s degree in Cognitive Psychology from Paris 8 University, where he is currently completing a PhD funded by the Department of Cognition, Language, and Interaction, and he teaches in the Department of Psychology. https://journals.openedition.org/hybrid/2664 (PDF)