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Round Table

Round Table

Saturday, March 21 at 09:30 a.m. – Maison de la Culture / Salle Boris Vian

What is digital artwork?

The panel discussions provide an opportunity to think about and debate common art/science/technical/digital and societal issues. Several projects are presented on a defined theme, and the audience and participants are invited to react. An artist, teacher and researcher (philosophy, sociology, ethnology, art history…) and a digital professional (company, programmer…) make up the panel.
The panels are organized in a partnership with the Service Université Culture, and the participation of Transfo (art and culture in the Auvergne region).

For its 30th anniversary, VIDEOFORMES wishes to invite professionals and the public to think together about the difficulties to define digital art. History, assessment, attempt at a definition, what criteria? Esthetics of contemporary art trends, media, diversity of forms, aid, distribution methods, spectator’s role, questions, and controversies.

Moderator : Elise Aspord, Ph.D. in Art history (thesis on Art and Intelligence, artificial life and robotics, Paris X, 2007).

Panel members:

David-Olivier Lartigaud is a professor specialized in digital theory and practices at ESAD (school of art and design) in Saint-Etienne. He is also coordinator and co-chair of the Open Research in Art, Design and New Media [RANDOM (lab)] in the same institution. He has a Ph.D. in Art and Art Sciences (Esthetics), and is a lecturer in the Master “Art and Digital Technology” at UFR 04 of Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. Recent publications: editor of the book ART+++, éditions HYX, Orléans, 2011. David-Olivier LARTIGAUD is co-organizer with Samuel VERMEIL of the exhibition A-T-T-E-N-T-I-O-N of the next International Biennial Design Saint-Etienne from 12 March to 12 April 2015.

Jean-Paul Fargier : television director and producer, author and journalist, art and movie critic, professor of cinema, he lives and works in Paris. He has written for La Tribune socialiste (1967-70), Cinéthique (1968-73), Les Cahiers du cinéma (1978-89), Le Monde (1980-82 and 1993-1996), Libération (1982-83), Art Press, Turbulences Vidéo… In addition to several works, including two novels, he has published collections of articles such as Tivi ou Tivi pas and various texts in collaboration, like Où va la vidéo ? that he has also managed. He has organized an exhibition with the same title at the Avignon festival in 1986, an exhibition that had an impact on video art history in France. More recently, he wrote a book and directed a film about Bill Viola during the retrospective at the Grand Palais in 2014.

Philippe Franck : Art historian, sound/interdisciplinary artist, essayist and art critic, Philippe Franck (Belgium) is the director and founder of Transcultures. He is the founder and director of the international sound art festival City Sonic (since 2003) and Les Transnumériques, digital arts & cultural biennale(since 2005). He has curated many sound/multimedia/interdisciplinary exhibitions, events and festivals in Belgium, France and abroad. Since 2010, he has also been in charge of the urban music, sound art and interdisciplinary arts for le manège.mons. He is the representative of the European Pepinieres for young artists in Europe for the French speaking part of Belgium. He also teaches on digital arts at the National Visual Art School La Cambre since 2006 and Saint-Luc (Brussels).

Jacques Urbanska : trained as an actor/director, Jacques Urbanska lives and works in Belgium. In charge of Media Arts and Network Art projects, he is involved in the development of projects that are related to digital art. He brings his experience and support to project creation and the implementation of different Transcultures programs in addition to being a curator. He maintains the web presence of Transcultures and reinforces its network on the Internet. In 2007, he turned more clearly towards performance and digital arts. His projects go from multimedia performance to network art. Since 2010, he has built a very large network of information on digital arts (, but also on various political and societal themes (see his Twitter account: revolution_info, occupy_USA, Belgique_info, sarkozy_info…). He is a “Web Strategy” consultant for different public and private structures. He is also in charge of the web presence of the NGO Echos Communication.


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