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Thesis Info

LABS ID
00106
Title
OPERATING IN MEDIA REALITY - FOR A CRITICAL PRACTICE IN INTERACTIVE IMAGES
Author
Samuel Bianchini
2nd Author
3rd Author
Degree
Ph.D.
Year
2004
Number of Pages
315
University
Université Paris 1 - Panthéon-Sorbonne
Thesis Supervisor
Anne-Marie Duguet
Supervisor e-mail
Other Supervisor(s)
Language(s) of Thesis
French
Department / Discipline
Arts and Art Sciences
Languages Familiar to Author
French, English
URL where full thesis can be found
Keywords
Art, cooperation, image, installation, interactivity, media, operation, reality, representation, network.
Abstract: 200-400 words
How do individual and collective interactive imaging practices entail new methods of representation, production, and use, and does it change our relationship to a reality that is increasingly mediated by technology? With interactivity, we become the "users" of media, in particular of images. Activating the image and becoming active in front of the image: representation no longer occurs just on the screen, but rather it is also played out before it and beyond, in relation to the images and in the relationships that they mediate. Coupling operation with representation and physical reality with symbolic reality, at the confluence of devices and uses, interactive images, whether local or in a network, are caught up in an array of activities and operations of different nature: human, both individual and collective; and technological, software and hardware. As representation, the image is a tenant-lieu [it takes the place of something]; when interactive, it is also a donnant-lieu [it makes something take place]. Modes of operation and representation engage a work shared between the initial author and the spectator, between "formalizing" and "performing," between the "information-image" and the "experience-image." On the basis of our artistic research and those of other artists, two forms of practice are analyzed with a view to better understand and situate them, to generate new ones, and to learn to lay down conditions that are propitious to a critical practice in interactive images. Far from simplistic communicational or cybernetic models and reassessing the status of the recorded sequence of images, the interactive image†as a plan of action, of representation, and of reflection†can entail exercising consciousness in accordance with a time and representation depth, a "bathmology." A node of varying activities, this image configures an environment and stages power struggles, affective and effective participation, and tactics and strategy. In sum, it forms a theater of operations, which, once situated, localized, interconnected, shared, distributed, and disseminated, defines a mediated reality to be grasped and invested.