Brice Ammar-Khodja

Brice Ammar-Khodja is an artist, graphic designer and student-researcher with a Master’s degree from the Haute Ecole des Arts du Rhin. His work questions the ambiguities between fine arts and applied arts as well as the place of the unknown in creation. His work ranges between digital arts, design, materials science and anthropology. Trained in graphic design, his research problems target the relation between form and utility. Through a process of hybridization, he seeks to create interfaces of dialogue between disciplines, at the convergence point of poetry and rationality, experimentation and dream. Specialized in digital arts and print design, he develops interactive installations connecting physical objects to virtual objects. Thereby, he questions the symbolic and spatial relation between active matter and visual information in order to propose new sensory interactions with users. This research work, combining responsive materials, video-projection and soft robotics is developed with ensadLab (France) within the Responsive Matter axis of the Reflective Interaction research group.

Co-director of the typography magazine Pied de Mouche, Brice Ammar-Khodja is also co-founder of the collective of artists and designers 2920g.

Brice Ammar-Khodja also works as an art and mediator with the association Les Petits Débrouillards in which he leads digital art workshops through the development of tools aimed to children and general public.

Website: b-ak.com

Julie Blanc

Julie Blanc is a graphic designer and student researcher. She is preparing a PhD in ergonomics and design at the C3U team (Laboratoire Paragraphe, University Paris 8) and EnsadLab under the direction of Anne Bationo Tillon and the co-direction of Samuel Bianchini. This doctorate is part of the ArTeC university research school (Art, Technologies and Creation).

At EnsadLab, Julie works for the Experimental Publicization axis of the Reflective Interaction research program. Her work and research mainly focuses on the design of multi-media editorial objects, both digital and print. Her main study is on the recent shift from desktop publishing software to the use of web development technologies and methods (HTML5, CSS3, javascript, epub) in editorial chains and particularly in design practices. She also works on the implications of automated typesetting on graphic design.

Julie is part of the collective research of the PrePostPrint and works on the development paged.js, a free and open source Javascript library to make book in browsers.

Website: julie-blanc.fr

Julie Brugier

Julie Brugier is a product designer, currently pursuing a PhD at PSL University, in the Reflective Interaction Research group of EnsadLab. In 2012, she started working on vulnerable populations (touched by poverty, prostitution, migration) and developed an interest for on-the-ground research. All her projects are preceded by a moment of immersion in a specific environment which she documents and from which her design works are inspired. More recently, Julie has been questioning the symbolic, technical and aesthetical renewal of our daily environments in relation to the ecological crisis. Her work concentrates on one tendency of this renewal, which gives value to frugality, poverty and subsistence in design practices. Her work can be divided in several topics: object production which questions our resources and tools, public events designed as experimental moments and eventually some theoretical research.

Website: www.juliebrugier.com

Raphaëlle Kerbrat

Currently an artist and student researcher at the Reflective interaction research program from EnsadLab, Raphaëlle Kerbrat graduated from Beaux-arts de Nantes in 2017. In her work, she is interested in the paradox of digital “immateriality” in relation to the hyper-materiality of the infrastructure that supports it. The artistic devices that she develops attempt to reveal “infra-ordinary” phenomena, stemming from the uses of digital technologies, by a material manipulation of their media. By confronting the information processing systems on their own condition, they reflect the paradoxical and unwavering link between digital and analog, information and matter, language and support.

Website: raphaellekerbrat.com

Olivain Porry

Born in Fort-de-France in 1990, Olivain Porry graduated with a DNSEP from ESBANM in 2015. Firstly interested in painting, he developed, during his studies, a reflection which concentrates on the relationships between the individual and technologies of communication. The main part of his artistic practice is creating programs, machines and generative and participative processes. His attraction to science of communication urged him to envisage a doctorate within the EnsadLab where he works on the notion of perception in networks through the technologies of communication.

Website: olivain.fr