Igor Galligo

Igor Galligo initially trained in humanities, leading to three master’s degrees: contemporary philosophy and aesthetics at the University Paris 1 Sorbonne, and political science at the “Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales”. His investigation of abstract painting influenced his theoretical studies, giving in turn new impetus to reflection to his artistic practice.This new dialogue between poïetic and theoria led him to a fourth master in the Department of Arts and Sciences of Art at University Paris 1.

Since late 2012, he has developed his reflection on the topics of ambiance devices and scattering of attention, under the direction of Bernard Stiegler, director of the Institute for Research and Innovation Centre Pompidou. In 2013, he joined the research program of DIIP at the EnsadLab, led by Samuel Bianchini. He is also a member associated with GERPHAU member search site MCC UMR / CNRS - LAVUE (Laboratoire Architecture Ville Urbanisme Environnement), and a member of Ars Industrialis, association led by Bernard Stiegler which reflects on an industrial policy technologies of mind. He has been a teacher in philosophy and semiotics of design at the Ecole de Condé since October 2013.

Galligo is currently finishing editing a collective work bringing together artistic and scientific contributions on the theme of artistic devices and situated interactions. He leads with Bernard Stiegler at the Pompidou Centre an international and interdisciplinary seminar research on the topic of Ecology attention commencing November 2013. In April 2014, from an artistic direction of this research theme, he will coordinate a seminar with Yves Citton, for students of master Critical Curatorial Cybermedia at the High School of Arts and Design in Geneva. A symposium in ENSAD on the subject of ’ambiance devices’ will take place in spring 2014.

His artistic production and design mainly focuses on the realization of experimental light installations. Photography, experimental movies, electronic music and painting are additional media utilized. In autumn 2013, a contract for lighting design from the SARL Batofar for the redevelopment of the outer part of this Parisian nightclub was received. A partnership of research and creation between ENSAD and the School of Industrial Physics and Chemistry of the city of Paris is in progress for the production of a light device in connection with his research on the scattering of attention commenced in November 2013.

Description and research issues

Galligo’s activities crosse a research and a production in art and science. These deal with about the devices and effects of attentional and semantic scattering produced by light and sound streams broadcast in our environments.

Nowadays, we live with ambiant devices with which we are surrounded (supermarket, airport, train station, subway) or in which we immerse ourselves for pleasure (nightclub, bar atmosphere). From an attention focused on a single element and governed by deep attention, we have developed attentional distributed and scattered forms, also sparking a valuation of coenesthetic attention (attention to internal general feeling of our body). These new ambiant devices create a new sensory relationship and a new sensibility that transform our cognitive capabilities, our relationship to the world, others and our experiences. The aesthetic becomes aesthesic, because it is more fundamentally linked to feel in all its forms, including the most shapeless, leaving then seeing a new determination of abstraction.

Through the concept of device, this research takes on a political dimension in considering the concepts of bio-power and psycho-power developed by Michel Foucault, Giorgio Agamben and Bernard Stiegler. This philosophical heritage opens a reflection on the consequences of the scattering of attention on the faculties of conscience and the constitution of meaning in the subjects affected.

This reflection is the responsibility of the artist and designer, who is both an analyst of the aesthetic fact, who may moralize the political effects, but also a designer of devices and may cause other effects, including it should equally think the scope and political effectiveness.