[ISEA2023] Paper: Edwige Armand, Anne Asensio & Don Foresta — Art-science and world shaping/forming


Short Paper Theme: (Re)invented Alliances  Sub theme: Symbiotic Organizations

How do art and science participate in writing a world of signs and symbols? What do these two human faculties and capacities seek and how do they differ radically? Science has progressively freed itself from its purpose (the search for the why) to model, imitate and master a world in an increasingly abstract manner. If science and art are performative, what world do they draw and what do they tell us (in terms of discourse) about the human? As science gradually becomes techno-science and produced by industries, does art have a singular role to play in the interrelation of these two poles, science and industry, in order to re-inhabit the ethical questions and meanings that were originally in these other two creative capacities? Can it and should it?

  • Anne Asensio joined Dassault Systèmes in 2008 as Vice-President Design Experience, after 30 years in various executive and design management positions in the Automotive industry, Managing Director at General Motors in charge of Design for the group’s eight brands, and Renault Design Director for the Twingo, Clio and Scénic ranges. She created the “Design” function of Dassault Systèmes and the Design Studio, bringing together a multidisciplinary team in innovation strategy through design, Design of the experience, “Up Stream Thinking” of design research, design management and advice. Advocating a participatory approach with regard to new technologies and virtual universes, the Design Studio supports Dassault Systèmes customers in fast-growing industrial sectors in their needs for transformation, digital and sustainable innovation, towards new business models for a circular economy, towards virtuous design processes, as a manifestation of their value proposition to their end customers. Imagining alternative scenarios to transform the world we live in into a more sustainable and desirable one, the studio engages in reflection, experimentation and confrontation of cross-approaches between social and technologies through creation and, ultimately, the installation of the value of design for the well-being of users, citizens and society. [Translated from French by Google Translate]
  • Edwige Armand (FR), Social, Environmental and Biodiversity Sciences, École d’Ingénieurs Purpan, Toulouse, France https://www.purpan.fr/team/armand-edwige
  • Don Foresta (US/FR), MARCEL Multi-Media Art Platform (MAPP), Paris, France https://donforesta.net