Data-based Aesthetics: Modeling Visual Interpretation
Rosemary Lee
Lecture and Workshop
May 30 - June 2, 2023

Surveillance / Screen-mediated Archives
Paula Albuquerque & belit sağ
Lecture and Workshop
April 5-6, 2023

Simulated Atmospheres
Justine Emard & Damien Baïs
March 27-31, 2023

Drawing as a way of knowing
Gemma Anderson
Lecture and Workshop
March 15-17, 2023

figure-figure ground-ground
March 30-31, April 1, 2022

Natural history of images
Alice Leroy & Jérémie Brugidou
Lecture and Workshop
March 22-23, 2022

Space art ☀ Neurosciences
Daniela de Paulis & Guillaume Dumas
Lecture and Workshop
March 8-9, 2022

High tech affects & collapsed futures
Cindy Coutant
February 14-18, 2022

Chiasm (vision according to Merleau-Ponty)
Lambert Dousson
February 2, 2022

I see you
Magali Daniaux / Cédric Pigot
November 29 - December 1, 2021

White noise
Joris Guibert
Lecture and Workshop
October 25-29, 2021

Théo Chikhi, Léa Laforest, Manon Maës, Danielle Garrison, Olivier Perriquet
July 1-10, 2021

Tethering / Seeing through synthetic touch
Danielle Garrison
June 21-25, 2021

The eye listens
Eric Maestri
Lecture and Workshop
May 31 - June 2, 2021

Underground / Aboveground
Lecture and Workshop
May 17-20, 2021

A snapshot of that moment when we wondered who we were
Ina Mihalache
May 10-12, 2021
April 12-16, 2021

A history of colours
Bernard Maitte
March 22, 2021

Wild images. Tinkering with perceptions
Lucien Bitaux
Lecture and Workshop
March 9-12, 2021

Hacking Hooke
Julien Maire
Lecture and Workshop
February 24-26, 2021

Grey and green
Ilanit Illouz
February 8-12 2021

Deep Voyeurism
Gwenola Wagon / Stéphane Degoutin
Lecture and Workshop
January 19-22, 2021

Informed light
Julien Clauss
Lecture and Workshop
January 11-14, 2021

Together without seeing (each other)
Boris Nordmann
December 8-10, 2020

Disaster Porn
artists students from the Media/Art school
November 18-27, 2020

On foreseeability
Laurent Goldring
October 19-24, 2020

At the doors of perception
Dmitry Gelfand & Evelina Domnitch, Ivana Franke, Claire Sergent, Thomas Köner, Alessandro Sarti, Xavier Querel, Yann Beauvais
Exhibition and Conference
October 16-17, 2020

Cédric Poulain
June 17, 2020

Gwenola Wagon / Stéphane Degoutin
June 3-5, 2020

Performance lighting : giving (in)sight
Annie Leuridan
May 11-15, 2020

Pastoral wolf (chronology of the investigation) & Blind Trip
Boris Nordmann
Body Fiction and Workshop
May 5-7, 2020

History of Earth and Life
Emmanuel Fara
March 10, 2020

If I were the point of view
Hélène Marcoz
Lecture and Workshop
February 24-28, 2020

Invisible landscapes
Anaïs Boudot
February 10-12, 2020

amateur activities
December 18, 2019

Touching with the eyes
Ferdinand Dervieux
December 9-13, 2019

Capture / Transmit
Sarah Brown
December 9-13, 2019

Color production and perception in birds
Vinod Saranathan
Lecture, Workshop and ornithological excursion
November 28, 2019

Inner perception: the meaning and imagination of the overflow
Shang Lin Wu
November 5, 2019

The routines of retina
Nicolas Malevé
Lecture and Workshop
October 15-17, 2019

Visual Worlds
Olivier Perriquet
October 10-11, 2019

Spy spirit
Nicolas Gourault
March 4-8, 2019

Animal wildness
Christine Vadrot
June 8, 2018

Mars 500
Bertrand Dezoteux
December 18-22, 2017

Neuromimetic systems for artistic creation
Fred Voisin
March 6-10, 2017

Silvi Simon
December 12-16, 2016

Groupe électrogène
Jean-Marc Delannoy, David Lemarechal, Olivier Perriquet, Antoine Rousseau
April 13-18, 2016

Light matters & Sensory augmentation
Joost Rekveld
Lecture and Workshop
March 21-25, 2016

Visual Worlds is a transdisciplinary research and creation programme that focuses on the multiplicity of visual phenomena and the variety of their modes of production and perception, in living beings, within artificial vision systems and in the interactions between them. It is animated by a large number of guests from a variety of fields of knowledge and creation, by a research team composed of young artists and researchers, and will conclude with an international artistic and theoretical restitution in the summer of 2023.

What is seeing? This is what this research programme intends to explore. Spontaneously, a set of satellite questions arise: Who sees? Who sees what? In what context, at what intensity, with what frequency? Intentionally? With what intention? With what organ? With what algorithm? What certainty? ... This programme of research and creation aims to explore the sensory experiences that vision provokes, the narratives that these experiences generate or that accompany them, the worlds they create, as much in living beings as in artificial vision systems or in the interaction between one and the other.

Visual arts and their study traditionally focus on the notion of image, in other words on a manifestation, real or virtual, which seems to be able to be kept at an objective distance. The methodological orientation of Visual Worlds is that of the primacy of perception over the image. The programme adopts an ecological approach to perception, where a wide variety of vision regimes, with no necessary common denominator (of time, scale, space, spectrum, etc.), can interact and coexist. Humans, in that context, are no longer always the primary standard to which these vision experiences relate.

Faced with the silent transformations of the world, first and foremost those related to the rise of artificial intelligence and the progress of technology, the evolution of geopolitical power relations, and the imminent ecological catastrophe, Visual Worlds proposes an alternative narrative, which is neither a moral injunction nor the expression of fear, but an invitation to consider the human being in a broader perspective through the relationships they maintain with their human and non-human environment, and within a time span that goes beyond their own existence.

As a transdisciplinary project, Visual Worlds finds its references as much in lens-based visual arts (photography, cinema, video), media arts and technology, contemporary art and art history, as in the humanities, sciences and techniques, philosophy, and society in general. It develops its methods of working, presenting and sharing by taking advantage of this diversity.

Head of research: Olivier Perriquet

The following people contributed to the programme: Paula Albuquerque, Gemma Anderson, Damien Baïs, Yann Beauvais, Davide Bertocchi, Lucien Bitaux, Sarah Brown, Jérémie Brugidou, Julien Clauss, Cindy Coutant, Magali Daniaux, Daniela De Paulis, Stéphane Degoutin, Jean-Marc Delannoy, Ferdinand Dervieux, Bertrand Dezoteux, Evelina Domnich, Lambert Dousson, Guillaume Dumas, Justine Emard, Emmanuel Fara, Ivana Franke, Sarah Garcin, Danielle Garrison, Dmitry Gelfand, Laurent Goldring, Nicolas Gourault, Joris Guibert, Jared Hawkey, Ilanit Ilouz, Thomas Köner, David Lemaréchal, Marc Lenot, Alice Leroy, Annie Leuridan, Eric Maestri, Julien Maire, Bernard Maitte, Nicolas Malevé, Hélène Marcoz, An Mertens, Ina Mihalache, Boris Nordmann, Sofia Oliveira, Cédric Pigot, Cédric Poulain, Xavier Querel, Joost Rekveld, Gaëlle Rouard, RYBN, belit sağ, Vinod Saranathan, Alessandro Sarti, Claire Sergent, Silvi Simon, Christine Vadrot, Fred Voisin, Gwenola Wagon, Shang Lin Wu.

Young artists enrolled in the programme: Julie Carré (2022-23), Théo Chikhi (2020-23), Emma Cozzani (2020-21), Hsiao-Mei Hsu (2022-23), Léa Laforest (2019-23), Manon Maës (2020-23), Valeriya Malinova (2022-23) and Marion Phalip (2020-21).

Ecole Media Art
7 rue Leschenault de la Tour, Chalon-sur-Saône

Artistic and académic partners:

The programme is supported by the General Direction of Artistic Creation at the Ministry of Culture (DGCA), by Grand Chalon and by the Burgundy-Franche-Comté Region.