Brice Ammar-Khodja

Born in Colombes in 1992, Brice Ammar-Khodja graduated from Haute École des Arts du Rhin with a design specialisation. He questions the ambiguities between fine arts and applied arts as well as the place of the unknown in creation. His work ranges between art, design and scientific research. Trained in graphic design, his research problems target the relation between form and utility. He had to get rid of his convictions built during his design practice before he stepped in a laboratory and let himself trust chance discoveries. The word “serendipity” imposed itself to him. It is a combination of art, imagination, science and investigation. It encourages you to meet with the strange, with the unknown and requires you to hop from research to research to finally open the way for the paradox that is to find what you are not looking for. By using a research laboratory, he reinvented his practice. On the bench his productions are embedded in an experimental process that transform them, and bring them far from his initial intent. His first lab experiment was led within the IS2M (Materials’ Science Institute of Mulhouse) in a group specialized in the interaction between surfaces and water. Since then, water fuels his imagination. Influenced by its movements, 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. Artistic lab, science poetry? He keeps memories, images, atmospheres, and dream and narrative universes from his first relations with the world of sciences. Now that he is a research student at EnsadLab and part of the Reflective Interaction group, his research questions the symbolic and spatial relation between active materials and envisioned projects as well as the relation between environment and users through the scope of happenings and improvisation.

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