EMERGENCE OF NEW INSTITUTIONS FOR ART/SCIENCE COLLABORATION IN FRANCE AND COMPARISON OF THEIR FEATURES WITH THOSE OF A LONGER ESTABLISHED ONE

Coordination: Christian Jacquemin (LIMSI-CNRS & University Paris-Sud)
Possible contributors: Nathalie Delprat – to be confirmed (LIMSI-CNRS & University Pierre and Marie Curie), Jean-François Depelsenaire or Emmanuel Mahé – to be confirmed (ENSAD Lab), Hugues Vinet (IRCAM), Roger Malina – to be confirmed (IMERA), Eliane Sausse – to be confirmed (Atelier Arts-Sciences)

Interestingly, there has been several recent initiatives in France to promote collaborations between artists, scientists, designers, and engineers. They have emerged from the serendipitous collaborations between institutions which shared common interests for this domain, or from local non-standard initiatives. Contrary to the now well-established and internationally acclaimed IRCAM research laboratory, most of these local initiatives are small, are only supported by small to medium-size budgets, and have small human resources, made mostly of part-time personnels who spend the rest of their time on other activities.

The purpose of this publication is to analyze the conditions of emergence and development of three recent institutions in arts/sciences collaborations: ENSAD Lab (a research laboratory in an applied arts school), l’Atelier Arts/Sciences (a collaboration between a National Theater and a large industrial company operating in nano-technologies), and VIDA (a research theme on arts/sciences collaborations in a Human Computer Interaction research laboratory). We will discuss their mode of funding, support, and their organization in comparison with IRCAM and try to highlight the contributions, strengths, and weaknesses of these newcomers to the area of arts/sciences collaborative research. In addition to general considerations, we will illustrate the dynamics of these institutions through some of their past or current projects.