“Behaviors” Seminar (2012-2015)

directed by Emanuele Quinz

A research seminar is proposed within the framework of the Diip program, to bring together student and external researchers working on the program. The seminar objective is to call into question the program’s underlying practices, by situating them in relation to a broad analytical and theoretical background. Regular participants at the dialogue-based seminar will come from the fields of research, art and design, to share their experiences and learnings.

The 2012-2013 session will be organized around the notion of ‘an object that behaves’, within the framework of the research project “The behavior of things” and involving a group of external researchers from affiliated partners laboratories and institutions (Industrial Futurecasting Service at the MNAM- Pompidou Center, Laboratory CHART
 Human & ARTificial cognition-Lutin/Université Paris8-Cité des Sciences). The program is supported by Labex Arts-H2H


- Wednesday 14th November 2012 14:00 -19:00 / JEAN-PAUL LAUMOND, robotics scientist and Research Director at the LAAS-CNRS.
Jean-Paul Laumond is the leader of the Gepetto research project that works on the fundamental calculations of anthropomorphic movement in both human and artificial systems (humanoid robots and numerical models). He teaches robotics at ENS and held the Liliane Bettencourt Chair of Technical Innovation for 2011-2012 at the Collège de France. Coordinator of two European projects devoted to movement planning algorithms and their applications, he also founded Kineo Cam, which won the Innovation Award 2000.

- Friday 7th December 2012 11:00 -13:00 / ZAVEN PARÉ, artist, uses robotics and behavioral science in performances and pioneered an electronic marionnette that he staged for the first time in 1999 in the play “The Theatre of the Ears” by Valère Novarina. He has collaborated with artists such as Mauricio Kagel, Edouard Lock and Marie Chouinard. Awarded a residency by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), he is today Research Fellow with Professor Hiroshi Ishiguro’s “Robot Actors Project” (JP). He lives and works in Rio de Janeiro.

- Friday 14th December 2012 10:00 -13:00 / ARMANDO MENICACCI, Professor at the School for Art, Media and Design, Chalon sur Saône. After studying music and dance, he created Mediadance, a research, pedagogical and creative laboratory at University Paris 8 that explores the relationships between dance and digital technology. He has published several books, notably La Scena Digitale. Nuovi media per la danza (2000) that he co-edited with E. Quinz. He advises and collaborates with numerous choreographers including Rachid Ouramdame, Alain Buffard, Vincent Dupont.


- Thursday 17th January 2013 / JOELLE BITTON, artist and designer. After graduating from the Sorbonne and the ENSBA (National School of Fine Arts) she continues her research at Media Lab Europe in Dublin and is currently preparing a thesis at the Graduate School of Design. In 2000 she cofounded Superficiel.org, an experimental platform for digital projects that explore interactive systems. Her projects consider cultural identity and the relationship between design and the public sphere.

- Friday 1st February 2013 / JEAN-PAUL LAUMOND.

- Thursday 14th February 2013, 18:30 during the ENSAD Atelier de rencontre, a public lecture by ELIO CACCAVALE / http://atelier-rencontre.ensad.fr/

- Friday 15th February 2013 / ELIO CACCAVALE, Italian designer, based in Glasgow (UK). Also a teacher at Glasgow School of Art and at the Royal College of Art, Caccavale explores the links between design and science, bioethics in particular, via a methodology that he outlines in the book Creative Encounters. His projects have been included in international exhibitions, notably “Design and the Elastic Mind” and “Talk to You”, at MoMA (NY). He created the studio Elio Caccavale and works on projects for companies such as Orange, Dmagic Mobile China, Alessi, LG electronics.

- Thursday 28th February 2013 / CELESTE BOURSIER-MOUGENOT, artist. Trained as a musician, he produces autonomous installations made from diverse objects that generate sound, often directly. Each work is a listening experience that accentuates the musical process. Key works include From here to ear (2008), in which birds alight on electric guitars plugged into powerful amplifiers, and Untitled (1997), where porcelain bowls chosen for their unique sonority, tinkle as they float and gently collide.

- Friday 15th March / SÉBASTIEN NOEL, designer, is a founding member of the London-based studio TROIKA DESIGN, a highly interesting international group known for its cross-disciplinary approach combining design, architecture and art. Troika’s works have been presented at institutions such as the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, The Art Institute of Chicago, Tate Britain and MoMA New York. Their best-known works include the permanent installation Cloud at Heathrow Airport Terminal 5 and Palindrome, shown at the V&A in 2011. Troika has also authored a book on contemporary design practices, “Digital by Design”, Thames and Hudson, 2008.

- Friday 28th March 14:00 - 17:00 / JAN BOELEN, Belgian art critic and curator. Founding Director of the Z33 centre for art and design at Hasselt (http://www.z33.be/), he is at the origins of exhibitions as “Designing Critical Design”, “Architecture of Fear” and “The Machine”, featuring new design trends. Co-Director of Manifesta 2013, he is also Director of the Masters in Social Design at Design Academy Eindhoven.

- Friday 5th April 10:00 -13:00 / JEAN-BAPTISTE LABRUNE is a researcher specialized in the creation of man-machine interfaces, developing systems that allow users to document and explore their own creative processes. To do so, he applies innovative interfaces, control technologies for robotic gestures and mecatronic devices. As well as his research position at MIT Medialab, he manages the Bell Labs laboratory where he develops cross-disciplinary research projects involving teams across human sciences, design and technology.

- Friday 19th April 10:00 -13:00 / NICOLAS NOVA is Professor at HEAD-Genève (Haute-Ecole d’Art et de Design) and consultant at the Near Future Laboratory (Geneva). He conducts field studies to inform and evaluate the creation of innovative products and services. His thesis on man-machine interaction was completed at EPFL (Lausanne) and he was guest researcher at the Art Center School of Design (Pasadena). He is the author of "Joypads! Designing videogame controllers” (Les Moutons Electriques) and "Technological flops: understanding failure for innovation” (FYP éditions).

- Friday 19th April 15:00 -17:00 / ARIK LEVY, Israeli designer and cross-disciplinary artist. Levy’s furniture and light designs are edited all around the world, his hi-tech clothing and accessory creations are fabricated in Asia. After meeting Pippo Lionni in 1993, the design duo created a limited series for the French RATP and for the l’Espace Jeunes Créateurs de l’APCI (Agence pour la Promotion de la Création Industrielle). In 1997 they founded the agency L Design. Today, Arik Levy lives and works in Paris and continues his decade-old collaboration with the prestigious Vitra. He has also created specific animated software for his own research.

- Friday 24 Mai, 16-18h, Galerie Nationale du Grand Palais, visite of the exhibition DYNAMO by
MATTHIEU POIRIER, curator and art historian.

The behavior of things: Strategies and aesthetics of behavior, between art, science and design


This symposium is organized as part of the research program BEHAVIORS whose aim is to question the notion of behavior, a concept that is increasingly fundamental in contemporary artistic creation. The event is supported by the Laboratoire d’excellence Arts-H2H in association with Paris 8 University, the ENSAD (École nationale supérieure des Arts Décoratifs) and the Pompidou Centre. Instead of situating behavior in the realm of the living, where it is usually found, our project undertakes to explore this dimension for works, objects, dispositifs or environments: how can we understand, theorize, experiment and conceive works that incorporate a behavioral dimension, by which we mean, having the capacity for actions and reactions (mainly ‘physical’) in relation to their environment and, more specifically, their audience?

After discussing the first, historical, cybernetic creations, the symposium will open a debate between researchers from different disciplines (art, design, science) as well as designers, creators and artists, around the notion of The behavior of things – a hybrid concept between man and machine, artistic work and design product, object and subject.

Guests will include: ANNE-MARIE DUGUET (Paris 1 University), BERTRAND DUPLAT (Editions Volumiques), JEAN-PAUL LAUMOND (LAAS-CNRS), SIMON PENNY (University of California, Irvine), ANTOINE PICON (Harvard University), MARGIT ROSEN (ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany), EVA RUCKI / TROIKA DESIGN (United Kingdom), NICOLAS GAUDRON + VIRGINIA CRUZ, ISDL, Paris)


- Wednesday 12th June, related program, Pompidou Centre, cinema 2
The Behavior of Things: Animate objects, automatic desires and cinema
Screening introduced by OLIVIER SCHEFER (Paris 1 University)
(program includes scientific archives, publicity, films from the collection, extracts, works by contemporary artists)

Since the very first cinematographic image, the world of things has jumped and jived along with the unfurling film. Often used by burlesque, science fiction and fantasy films, programmed or spontaneous automatism has been the cinematographic partner of modernism, with all its failings. As Marx noted, an ordinary object endowed with mystical properties is a commodity fetish, like a table “not only standing with its feet on the ground, but, in relation to all other commodities, standing on its head and evolving out of its wooden brain grotesque ideas, far more wonderful than if it were to begin dancing of its own free will”.

- Jeudi 14 Novembre 2013 - de 10h à 13h, HELEN EVANS / HEHE
Duo formé à Paris en 2001, HeHe se compose d’Helen Evans (GB) et Heiko Hansen (DE). Ensemble, ils cherchent à agir par les moyens de l’art sur le contexte social. Depuis leurs débuts, ils collaborent régulièrement avec des chercheurs et des scientifiques. Leurs projets ont été présentés en France et à l’étranger. Leur installation lumineuse Nuage Vert a remporté plusieurs prix prestigieux - comme le 2008 Golden Nica en Hybrid Art d’Ars Electronica, le 2008 Green Prix du festival ZeroOne, et le 2009 Award du Environmental Art Foundation de Finlande.


- Jeudi 28 Novembre 2013 15h30-17h30 / ANTOINE PICON, Professeur Université Harvard
Antoine Picon est ingénieur, architecte et docteur en histoire. Il est professeur d’histoire de l’architecture et des techniques à la Graduate School of Design de l’université Harvard et directeur de recherche à l’Ecole des Mines. Il a notamment publié L’Invention de l’ingénieur moderne (1992), Culture numérique et architecture, Une introduction (2010) et Ornament: The Politics of Architecture and Subjectivity (2013)

Suivra à 18h30-20h30 - Conférence plénière (en amphi, ouverte à toute l’école), Atelier des rencontres :
L’ornement architectural contemporain, entre subjectivité et politique

Après avoir été banni, du moins officiellement, par le mouvement moderne, l’ornement est de retour en architecture. Mais sous sa forme contemporaine, il diffère sur plusieurs points essentiels des ornements qui animaient autrefois les édifices. Il ne peut plus être considéré comme un ajout, ou plutôt un « supplément » de l’édifice, au sens donné par le philosophe Jacques Derrida à ce terme. Rejetant d’autre part une riche tradition iconique et symbolique, il se veut d’autre part sans signification. Partant du constat de ces différences, la conférence s’appuiera sur les dimensions de la subjectivité et du politique afin de proposer une nouvelle théorie de l’ornement en architectural. Par-delà le cadre de la discipline architecturale, les enjeux liés aux pratiques ornementales éclairent utilement certains aspects cruciaux de la société d’aujourd’hui.


- Jeudi 12 Décembre 2013, 10h-13h / ANTOINE SCHMITT, artiste. Antoine Schmitt crée des oeuvres sous forme d’objets, d’installations et de situations pour traiter des processus du mouvement et en questionner les problématiques intrinsèques, de nature plastique, philosophique ou sociale. À l’origine ingénieur programmeur en relations homme-machine et en intelligence artificielle, il place maintenant le programme, matériau artistique contemporain et unique par sa qualité active, au coeur de ses créations pour révéler et littéralement manipuler les forces à l’oeuvre. Avec une esthétique précise et minimale, il pose la question du mouvement, de ses causes et de ses formes. Antoine Schmitt a entrepris, seul ou à travers des collaborations, d’articuler cette approche à des champs artistiques plus établis comme la danse, la musique, le cinéma, l’architecture ou la littérature.


- Jeudi 12 Décembre, de 14h30 à 16h30 (au Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers) /
LUC COURCHESNE, artiste canadien. Pionnier de l’usage de l’informatique dans l’art, développe déjà à partir de la fin des années 1980 des travaux qui portent d’abord sur le portrait interactif, une grande tradition artistique qui cherche sa nouvelle expression. Plus récemment c’est sur le paysage quil porte son attention. Inventeur d’un dispositif qui permet l’immersion visuelle, il contribue par ses installations et ses images «panoscopiques» à transformer le spectateur de l’ouvre en visiteur, acteur et même habitant de ses dispositifs expérienciels. Il est membre fondateur de la Société des arts technologiques et, depuis 1989, professeur à l’Ecole de design industriel de l’Université de Montréal ou il initie les étudiants à la médiatique et aux problématiques du design expérienciel. Il est aussi administrateur au Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ) et membre de l’Académie royale des arts du Canada.


6 Décembre
Visite de l’exposition ARCHILAB


9 Janvier 2014 / NICOLAS REEVES

23 Janvier, visite LAAS Toulouse

6 Février, Christophe Kihm + Les Testeurs

17 Avril / Simon Penny