Samuel Bianchini
Audience Works


Samuel Bianchini, Audience Works

 

From Friday January 25 to Saturday March 16, 2013
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Audience Works, mfc-michèle didier latest publication, is an artist’s book that in first instance takes an interest in the work’s public, in other words, in its own audience.

17 interactive installations, produced by Samuel Bianchini between 1999 and 2012, are here considered with the rigorous precision scientists are known for. The  The study concentrates exclusively on the audience, which is both watching and activating the work at the same time. Parallel to the creation of these installations, the artist, who is also a teacher-researcher, has here documented through photography how the audience acts on his works, in order to formulate Audience Works, an individual work on its own.

With Audience Works, Samuel Bianchini extends the reactive character of his works and focuses on the participative dimension of his audience by publishing a book whose cover is responsive to temperature; the ink reacts to the heat of the hand. The title of the publication only appears if the reader is able to handle the object – without any gloves. 

In order to develop this bias in the context of an exhibition, and given that the artist’s book constantly questions the way it is displayed and handled by the public, Samuel Bianchini has conceived especially for this project a “display cabinet for touching”, a glove box, modeled on traditional laboratory equipment. In three of such cabinets a copy of Audience Works will be displayed during the exhibition. Enhancing and, at the same time, distancing the act of touching, the glove boxes encourage manipulation. Samuel Bianchini deeply values experience: one must live and practice the exhibition, and not solely contemplate it.

 

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Samuel Bianchini, Audience Works

Samuel Bianchini, Audience Works

Samuel Bianchini, Audience Works

Samuel Bianchini, Audience Works

Samuel Bianchini, Audience Works

Samuel Bianchini, Audience Works

Samuel Bianchini, Audience Works

 

"Soirée d'étude" - Presentation of Audience Works by Samuel Bianchini and other researchers


Samuel Bianchini, Audience Works

 

Thursday February 7, 2013 at 7 pm

Studying the image is the ambition of Audience Works, a long series of photographs taken of spectators acting and reacting to interactive installations. Today, these photographs give rise to a work of art by Samuel Bianchini published by mfc-michèle didier. This analytical and esthetic work enters into a dialogue with the development of the usage research in the area of information and communication technologies [1]. Belonging both to creation and research, this photographic and editorial work raises an issue and tries to resolve it at the same time: can we propose a “study”, an analysis, developments, a reflexion, only through an image or through a series of images? Reviving old usages such as the ones by Muybridge, Marey or even Charcot, can we also consider this book as an academic publication  in the framework of research? If publishing means first and foremost to render public, can we imagine other forms of publications, now that the arts are more and more required to meet the field of research [2]?

Round table with:

- Anne Bationo (Ergonomist, Part Time Associate Professor at the University Paris 8, Researcher at Orange Labs)
- Samuel Bianchini (Artist, Senior Lecturer at the University of Valenciennes and at EnsAD)
- Emanuele Quinz (Art and Design Historian, Curator, Senior Lecturer at the  University Paris 8 and at EnsAD)
- Jean-Baptiste Labrune (Researcher at Alcatel Bell Labs and affiliated with MIT Medialab)
- Emmanuel Mahé (Director of Research at EnsAD, Researcher in Information and Communication)
- Elisabetta Zibetti (Cognitive Psychologist, Senior Lecturer at Université Paris 8)
- Moustafa Zouinar (Ergonomist, Researcher at Orange Labs)

 

Soirée d'Etude   Soirée d'étude - Audience Works

[1] Cf. for example : Nicolas Nova, Usage-Oriented design: an introduction to the use of ethnography in design, 2010. Course ≠3: observation and photographic investigations. Course given at HEAD (Haute école d'art et de design), Genève. Course material available at the following URL : http://www.slideshare.net/nicolasnova/field-research-and-interaction-design-course-3 Or also : Anne Bationo and Moustafa Zouinar, Le public en action : analyse ergonomique de la découverte d'une œuvre d'art numérique interactive, in Jean-Paul Fourmentraux (under dir. of), L'Ère post-média. Arts, Humanités digitales et Cultures numériques, Paris, Éd. Hermann, coll. Cultures numériques, 2012, p. 181-201.

[2]  Cf. for example: Colloque international Art et recherche. La recherche en art et dans l’enseignement supérieur artistique, an initiative of the Ministry of Culture and Communication (Direction générale de la création artistique) and held by l'École nationale supérieure d’arts de Paris-Cergy, at l’École nationale supérieure d’architecture de Paris-Belleville, February 2012. Or also : James Elkins (under dir. of), Artists with PhDs: On the new Doctoral Degree in Studio Art, Washington, New Academia Publishing, LLC, 2009