Call for projects from doctoral students and research scientists - Research and production stay

Le Fresnoy - Studio national des arts contemporains is calling for applications from doctoral students and scientific researchers who would like to develop a project related to their research activity, while immersing themselves in an artistic environment. This call is in line with the initiatives undertaken over the past ten years by Le Fresnoy to bring artists and scientists closer together (technological support by research laboratories for art students' projects; setting up of mixed art / science research and creation group; exhibition at Palais de Tokyo and symposium at Collège de France on the theme "The dream of forms"). It is expected a project of a scientific nature, or whose issues concern science. The candidate will participate in the curriculum proposed to student artists and will benefit for his project from the same means of production as the latter. CONTEXT AND ISSUES Scientific research, while expressed primarily in publications, is in some cases supplemented by achievements which, beyond being simple illustrations or derived products, participate entirely in the research activity: Examples include the construction of a machine or experimental device for an experiment or empirical study, the invention of a new technique, the experimental demonstration of new properties of matter, or the use of audiovisual means for proof, recording and demonstration purposes. The history of science provides an illustration of their great variety: chronophotography, the study of fluid mechanics, the discovery of Kevlar, holography or X-rays, ethnographic films made by visual anthropology, films on ethology (the study of human and animal behaviour), psychology or psychiatry (the study of autism), the empirical study of dune formation, mathematical models in the form of sculptures with didactic virtues, animal robots with evocative power created by the first cyberneticians, visual modeling of massive data and their manipulation, sonification of the genome to discover genes, observation notebooks in botany or drawings pioneering the invention of a standard for the visual representation of proteins, ecological or economic simulation environments... Scientific inventions often have to implement technical solutions that do not exist or do not conform to industry standards. They are the manifestation of a technical ingenuity that is quite close to artistic and audiovisual operating modes. The spectacular evolution of image and sound production technologies (computer graphics, speech synthesis, augmented reality, etc.) can be used in scientific research and approaches. Moreover, it often happens that dialogue with artists opens perspectives to scientists which they had not considered, being focused primarily on their research objectives. 6 The aim of this call is thus to propose a shift in these practices, which are motivated above all by scientific issues, within an artistic and audiovisual milieu. This new environment allows the candidate to explore the aesthetic dimensions of his work in contact with young artists and to experience its reception by a nonscientific audience.


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