Graduation project & thesis
In a world where the digital universe is as omniscient as difficultly understood, choosing whether to reveal or to hide and what to reveal or hide is not just a choice : it is a commitment.
My ongoing graduation project revolves around the question of mankind’s self-formatting in the Datasphere society. My goal is to build tools that will allow people to hack their self-fulfilling prophecy. Through this project,
I’m exploring matters such as the underlying structures of the web, the philosophy of the web, the impact of the digital on our identities, on our mental and social schemes, and how metaphors can be a leverage for actions.
An algorithmic oracle analyses the data you leave behind on the web, tells you what your online doings say about you, and predicts how the building of your identity will be impacted by them. If you wish to know what his magic is, you can download it as a browser plug-in. It will allow you to dive into the web underlying structure and discover how the algorithms beneath your interfaces work. Once you know enough, time for action! The last layer of the plug-in as well as a poetic device will guide you through changing your digital behavior.
Here's my full french thesis. Here's an english abstract of my thesis.
I am currently doing a residency at the CNIL (French National Commission for Computing Liberties), in the digital experimentation and innovation lab: LINC. I am also supervised by researchers from INRIA (French National Institute for Computer Science and Applied Mathematics).
Here's a link to a french article that was published about my ongoing work.
Cross section thesis collection ☄ 01.2017
Book / 195 x 125 mm / 80 pagesLayout system and grid conception of the 2017 ENSAAMA school of art & design cross section thesis collection. Supervised by Yorel Cayla. Team work with Florian Michelet, Catherine Benini, & Domitille Debret.
Set in Archive Pro Regular and Mono.
Thesis browsing website ☄ soon to be
Team work with Domitille Debret.
Revealing the web underlying structures through metaphores ☄ 12.2016
Blender / 3Dprinting / Virtual Reality / Threejs
The web no longer solely consists of 2D pages behind flat screens, it is now a complex universe intertwined with the physical world. Nevertheless, a lot of users still are not truly aware of how a code can embody a philosophy, of how behind each interface lies an intention.
Explore the online version here or right here →
Or try the virtual reality version on your phone!
A reflexion on orientation through interface
This project is an experimentation on interface design. The interface gives very few indications to the user, its design and orientation are transparent. A game of presence versus absence, a strong concentration of brightness amid the darkness is sufficient to guide the wanderer.
Thoward a poetic of the interface
Processing + Arduino
Wearing a little Arduino on your arm, each of your moves is read by Processing and turned into digital pictures through a program I wrote. At the crossing point of new media art & generativ design, this work explores relations and interconnections between body and technology.
It is part of a broader research I'm doing on the concept of interface and virtual space. This research studies how we position ourselves into space, what place it allows to our physicality, what mental picture we make of it and what kind of ambiguous relationship we have with it.
Publishing / 3D / Textile printing
What are the remainings of the World Wide Web early days? This project is an attempt to put under the spotlight some virtual fragments that I believe to be precious. The ones from the web of my childhood as well as the childhood of the web 2.0. It is about claiming a legacy that has been given little consideration, a vernacular language and esthetic that is the mirror of an open-source, human-centered technological philosophy. These starry background pages and “welcome to my homepage” banners are the digital fossils of an amateur culture that makes us wonder where have radicalness, transgression and individuality gone to in the web we know today.
But, unlike the thousand-year-old fossils and antique temples, these virtual architectures know the most dramatic fate of all. Threaten by the very own place that allowed them to exist in the first place, they are often condemned to a permanent digital obsolescence. So how do we draw attention on the need to preserve this new kind of heritage of mankind?
By being given a tangible shape, these pages become their own ghosts. Just like the Wayback Machine try to catch them before they definitely disappear, they are an illusion, the shadow of an ancient place. They are beautiful, and yet so frustrating to look at, because there is no way you can really navigate them anymore. They tell the hard truth of a web that doesn’t exist anymore, if it ever existed. Because a web page only exists at a certain moment on a certain browser, because it’s very existence is conditioned by an interpretation, there is no such thing as the true version of a web page.
At the beginning was a desire, an urge to give a tangible shape to the very disturbing nature of the web: things that are made possible, useful, impacting and therefore very real still seem so unreal to people, because they are not tangible. But virtual is far from being the opposite of real, virtual means “being such in power, force, or effect”. The virtual is an augmented version of the reality, it’s what could be, it is reality in all its mightiness.
The theoretical background was greatly inspired by the affluent and thorough work of Olia Lialina.