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Art & Science: an innovative new team

Contemporary Art | Art and science have always developed in tandem, with revolutions of form corresponding to other world visions and visions of the world. Modern times have witnessed the creation of institutional Art&Science connections and the advent of training networks adapted to the experiments of the future. An overview of the institutional frameworks in France.

Lia Giraud, doctorante SACRe 2012-2015, Circuit (3-31-051), série ’’cultures’’ © L. Giraud / EnsAD, 2011
Lia Giraud, doctorante SACRe 2012-2015, Circuit (3-31-051), série ’’cultures’’
© L. Giraud / EnsAD, 2011

Art and Science now make up a portmanteau word : artscience, coined by David Edwards, professor-researcher at Harvard and founder of the Laboratory in Paris. Artscience, art as innovation and science as experimentation - a process of creative thought which synthesises aesthetic and analytical approaches - is currently a catalyst for innovation.

There is more to the art&science association than the fashionable term, despite its presence in all conversations. It highlights the importance and the consideration given to crosscutting elements in research. The initiatives arise from both public and private entities. The Laboratory combines the creative processes of artists and scientists in the same project with the aim of new inventions based on design or urban, digital and social considerations. Fabrice Hyber and Robert Langer worked together on Food for Thought while Mathieu Lehanneur and David Edwards worked on Bel-Air. He also runs a workshop with where he discusses a fundamental question with students such as the energy of the future.

On the public side of things, the creation of the Labex (art/digital/cultural industries) and the Paris-based Idex (sciences and arts) by the Ministry of Higher Education and Research has established frameworks for the development of laboratories and initiatives of excellence with collaborations between art schools, universities and top-level higher education establishments. The EnsadLab research unit at the school of decorative arts gathers research communities among its seven art and design programmes. The ENSAD has also highlighted its research policy by appointing Emmanuel Mahé as director and creating a new SACRe doctorate with the aim of « bringing science and the arts closer together, creating an environment where designers and scientists can work and invent together, viewing research as creation and creation as research. This is the goal of the Sciences, Arts, Creation, Research doctorial training ».
Art and science, an axiom of innovation in the midst of global transformation and on a path towards a new form of humanism.

Virginie Bertrand / Nina Rodrigues-Ely
Publié le 17/01/2014
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Lia Giraud, doctorante SACRe 2012-2015, Circuit (3-31-051), série ’’cultures’’ © L. Giraud / EnsAD, 2011

Lia Giraud, doctorante SACRe 2012-2015, Circuit (3-31-051), série ’’cultures’’
© L. Giraud / EnsAD, 2011

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