Appropriating the Collapse





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Organizing Committee:

Allan Deneuville – PhD Candidate (ArTeC – Paris 8 – UQAM )

Gala Hernández López – PhD Candidate (ESTCA -Paris 8)

Ariane Papillon – PhD Candidate (ESTCA – Paris 8)

Behrang Pourhosseini – PhD Candidate (LLCP – Paris 8)

Ysé Sorel – PhD Candidate (ESTCA-ENS PSL)


This workshop is organised with the support of EUR ArTeC.

“Les images en communs”, 1/5. With Liselotte Mas, Antoine Schirer et Félix Tréguer

“After Social Networks” is pleased to invite you to the launch of its seminar “Les images en communs”.May 25, 2021 at 7pm
The sessions of this cycle of virtual meetings have been conceived as a place for discussion between image practitioners appropriating user-generated content, art and media theorists, activists, or anyone else manipulating UGC.


For this first session, we have the joy of receiving:

Liselotte Mas, journalist
Antoine Schirer, director, designer et journalist
Félix Tréguer, researcher et foundator-member of la Quadrature du Net.


Together, they will question the role played by UGC in open source investigation.
After a presentation and the viewing of investigations made by Liselotte Mas and Antoine Schirer (about 30 minutes), they will enter in discussion with Félix Tréguer. A time of discussion with the audience will also be set up.
To connect to the event, here is the link :
ID de reunión: 932 7678 3736
Link :
Password: communs
Seminar supported by the Fondation de France – grant Dream Big and Grow Fast.

Image from : “How French soldiers risk compromising their security on social networks”,Mediapart, 2020 | 12 minutes
video production, motion design: Antoine Schirer.
Journalist: S. Bourdon
Story editors: M. Hajdenberg, J. Brabant

Call for participants: artistic research workshop Appropriating the Collapse

We have launched the call for participants for our first artistic research workshop on the topic Appropriating the Collapse.


The workshop will be held over 3 weeks, 2 days/week. 10-11; 17-18; 24-25 June 2021


POUSH. Artist incubator hosting more than 200 artists on 15 floors.
6 Boulevard du Général Leclerc, 92110 Clichy. RER C and Metro Saint-Ouen (l.14) or Porte de Clichy (l. 13)


Send a CV, a portfolio (optional) and a short presentation explaining your interest in the workshop before May 15 to Selected participants will be informed on May 25.


This workshop has 15 places and is open to young researchers in the humanities, arts or social sciences, as well as to artists studying at EUR ArTeC member schools and universities, whose personal work resonates with the theme of the Collapse, or who demonstrate a broader curiosity for the Anthropocene, ecology or the artistic appropriation of content generated on the Internet.
The participants will be supervised by artists (working in the field of visual arts, literature, performance art…), curators and academics. They will then work collaboratively for six days, spread over three weeks. The workshop will lead to a restitution.


You can download the complete call for participants here.

MEDIA HOMES artist residency. 2. Jil Gieleßen

The second selected artist was German Jil Gieleßen with her audiovisual project about Instagram aesthetic categories. 
Her residency took place from the 8th of February to the 1st of March 2021 on our Instagram account. Her original creations are available in our Vimeo account too.
Jil published four videos – an introduction, “The Zany”, “The Cute” and “The Interesting” – based on Sianne Ngai’s research about aesthetic categories and made editing content found on her Instagram feed with a voice over.
Here is a short interview about her work that we did during her virtual residency via email.

MEDIA HOMES artist residency. 1. Claudio Beorchia

After Social Networks launched its first call for online artistic residencies for the start of the 2020 academic year. You can download the call here: Call for projects: Media Homes (French).
The selected artist was the Italian Claudio Beorchia with his project Hot Poems. His residency took place from the 7th to the 20th December 2020 on our Instagram account. His original creations are available here in PDF (English). Claudio spent two weeks in residency, and published one poem every day – « Lazy », « Destroy », « The Army »… – made with comments from Pornhub users and accompanied with screenshots of videos from the same platform.
Here is a short interview about his work that we had with Claudio during his virtual residency, via email.

Conference: After Social Networks

Practices, aesthetics and ethics of an ecology of User-Generated Content.


Program of the Conference:


27th JUNE 2019


École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs (ENSAD), room 308.







Opening remarks by Allan Deneuville and Gala Hernández


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I. Perspectives – Chair: Chloé Galibert-Laîné – 9H20-11H00


Ervina Kotolloshi, ‘The modularity of digital ready-mades in the theatre: between dilution of sources and erosion of content’

Alice Lenay, ‘Thinking about “domestic videos”. On some contemporary documentary works (“In the midst of new media”, Number 30 of the ‘Revue Documentaires’)’

Edmond Ernest AKA Alban, ‘Collaboration or Confrontation? CGU management in the Otaku media mix (1990-2010)’

Questions and remarks


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11H00 – Coffee break


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II. Publications – Chair: Allan Deneuville – 11H10 – 12H20


Bérénice Serra, ‘PUBLIC: a release of abandoned anonymous portraits’

Rémi Forte, ‘Poetic program, typographic system’

Questions & remarks


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12:20 – 13:10 Lunch break


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III. Curation – Chair: Allan Deneuville – 13H10 – 14H20


Natacha Seweryn, ‘Making films with videos that one has not shot: challenges of the distribution of atypical audiovisual works in France since 2012’

David Desrimais, ‘Practice and poetics of publishing in the digital age’

Questions & remarks


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14H20 – Conference by Franck Leibovici + Q&A


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15H20 – Coffee break


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IV. Identity(ies) – Chair: Gala Hernández – 15H30 – 16H40


Françoise Chambefort, ‘My little identity, an example of generative transformation of UGC: illegal but ethical ?’

Seumboy Vrainom: €, ‘Roaming for a rare earth’ (performed conference)

Questions & remarks


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16H40 – Closing Remarks


17H00 – End of the Conference


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18H00 – Film screening at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris (Amphithéâtre des Loges).

Presentation: Chloé Galibert-Laîné and Gala Hernández.


Remy by Guillaume Lillo (France, 2018, 30min)

(Self) Exhibitions by Florencia Aliberti (Spain, 2015, 14min)

Sitting in Darkness by Graeme Arnfield (United Kingdom, 2015, 15min)


To close the conference we propose the screening of three short-films that use User-Generated Content by adopting very different strategies. While Guillaume Lillo diverts videos from YouTube into a tragicomic fiction in a subjective camera using a first-person voice-over, Florencia Aliberti builds constellations of eximate images from teenagers’ webcams to identify the gestures and words of an overexposed youth online and Graeme Arnfield tries to identify a past event based on the traces that his witnesses have left on the Web. How and why did these artists appropriate these images to create their films? The directors will be present to discuss with the audience after the screening.


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Organizing Committee:


Allan Deneuville
PhD Candidate (ArTeC)


Chloé Gallibert-Laîné
PhD Candidate (PSL-ENS)


Valérian Guillier
PhD Candidate (Labex Arts H2H)


Gala Hernández López
PhD Candidate (ESTCA-EDESTA-Univ. Paris 8)


This study day is organised with the support of EUR ArTeC.


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