In the context of the unit, lines of research result from the existence of recurrent issues in the coursework from the first through the fifth year. These issues evolve over time, with the different teams and diverse experimentations in research, and have, in the recent history of the unit, developed coherent, characteristic positions through the emergence of innovative subjects. These lines are the primordial interfaces between the teaching and the introduction to research, active throughout the different programs. They open possible circulations for the students, nurture a transversal connection between art and design, and foster encounters and adherence to shared scientific objectives.
Values and excess
Bringing together these two notions – value and excess – first starts with an observation: the difficulty of finding measurement values for grasping movements and phenomena whose scales are more and more difficult to imagine. This lack of familiar bearings, which can be qualified as excess, impacts the public sphere as much as the individual.
The space-time of the action of artistes and designers
What subjective and/or collective temporalities are induced by the emergence of new territories – or the continuum of older ones – engaged in by art and design, whether they be isolated, connected, or structured using geopolitcal coordinates, from precise sociotechnical spaces that are virtual and/or related to precise mediums? More globally, it is the acceleration of time that makes us concentrate on such concerns. The problem of urgency frequently comes up in our research, requiring new economies and innovative organization of production.
The productions of art, design and objects as knowledge
From the anthropology of techniques (Marcel Mauss, Gilbert Simondon) and the emergence of critical design to the circulation of models and the conditions of their full use, in this era of Open Access and globalization, we are witnessing a widening of the issues belonging to this field: the movement of the Makers, or again the discussions, in the public debate, on the common points, for example in France with the “Loi Numérique.” The reconfiguration of existing social models and legal frameworks through the advent of new forms of production is also increasingly questioned by the research at EBABX.