“Images in commons” (5/5). With Dominic Gagnon & Marie-Pier Boucher


For this fifth session of the seminar, and the first one in person, we are pleased to welcome the Quebec filmmaker Dominic Gagnon and the researcher Marie-Pier Boucher for a meeting about Dominic Gagnon’s next film, life in space and in extreme environments, weightlessness, documentary science fiction, but also confinement.
The meeting will take place in the screening room of the University of Paris 8 Vincennes-Saint-Denis at 5pm on 25 May.



Born in 1974 in Quebec, Dominic Gagnon has been directing some twenty short and feature films since 1996, and since 2009 and Rip In Pieces in America, he has been developing what he calls “saved footage”. To put it in a few words, it is the editing of non-viral videos retrieved essentially from YouTube and targeting a specific subject. Saved”, both for the extremely marginal character of these videos and for the fact, as he frequently explains, that their saving is partly motivated by the high probability of their deletion by the host. With Of the North, released in 2015, Dominic Gagnon began a cycle devoted to the imaginary of the cardinal points, which has found a recent extension in Going South and Big in China.



Marie-Pier Boucher is an Assistant Professor of Media Theory at the Institute for Communication, Culture, Information and Technology at the University of Toronto. Prior to joining the University of Toronto, she was a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Art, Science and Technology + Program in Science, Technology and Society at MIT. Her research focuses on the design of life-sustaining habitats in extreme environments. She is currently working on a book project that investigates the relationship between health, architectural design, and perceptual activity in a range of extreme environments (physical and symbolic) to examine how changes in direction and orientation induced by levitation and microgravity can inform the design of earth-based habitats. She is also working on an umbrella project, Interplanetary Habitation: The Earth, the Moon, Mars and the City, which investigates the socio-technical future of planetary life in relation to growing concerns about health and biotechnology, mobility and artificial intelligence.

bArTeC #2, “En quête d’enquêtes”, May 17th, Gaité Lyrique

This second meeting of bArTeC, a series of meetings organized by EUR ArTeC and “After Social Networks” in the forum space of the Gaité Lyrique, will focus on the theme of enquiry in contemporary poetic, artistic and journalistic practices. Particular emphasis will be placed on open source investigative approaches (OSINT).

For this session, we are pleased to invite you to discuss with poet Franck Leibovici, scholar Aline Caillet, and Francesco Sebregondi, ex-member of Forensic Architecture collective and foudator of INDEX.


bArTeC #1, “Internet dans le boudoir”, February 1st, Gaité Lyrique

For the first session of bArTeC, a series of meetings organized by EUR ArTeC in the forum space of the Gaîté Lyrique, ArTeC and the association “After Social Networks” are pleased to invite you to discuss with journalist Judith Duportail (author of the books L’amour sous algorithme and Dating fatique), digital sociologist Jessica Pidoux, and Adrien Péquignot, doctoral student at ArTeC, about the Tinder application and its political issues.

“Images in commons” (4/5). With Emmanuel Van der Auwera & Jason Middelton



***Us Reacting to a Discussion about Reaction Videos***

We are pleased to invite you to the next session of its seminar “Images in Commons”. On next Monday 24th of January at 6pm (Paris time), we will welcome researcher Jason Middleton and artist Emmanuel Van der Auwera to discuss the phenomenon of reaction videos. How can we understand this process of filming oneself watching something else, and posting it online? What relationship do we have with these faces engaged with something that we can’t see? What are the politicial, social and aesthetical amplitudes of these videos of faces?
The discussion will be focused on the film of Emmanuel Van der Auwera, A Certain Amount of Clarity (30’), presented in the light of Jason Middelton research on reaction videos. Our goal is to raise a couple of strong hypothesis on this phenomenon.
Jason Middleton is a reasearcher is Associate Professor of English and Visual and Cultural Studies at the University of Rochester, and director of the Film and Media Studies Program. His work focuses on the horror dimension in film and media objects. On the subject of reaction videos, he dedicated the chapter « Awkward Extremes: Reaction Videos and the “Reactive Gaze” » in his book Documentary’s Awkard Turn, 2013.
Emmanuel Van der Auwera is a belgian artist doing filmmaking, but also theatre, printmaking, and other media, dealing with found images. He’s questioning our « visual literacy: How do images of contemporary mass media operate on various publics and to what end? ». He made A Certain Amount of Clarity (30’) in 2014.
The session will be held in English via Zoom. The public link will be posted here the day prior to the event. Open to all, no registration needed.
The sessions of this cycle of virtual encounters have been conceived as a place for discussion between image practitioners, art and media theorists and activists working with and appropriating online “user-generated content”. The seminar supported by the Fondation de France – Dream Big and Grow Fast grant.

Recalling our workshop: photos of APPROPRIATING THE COLLAPSE

“Images in commons” (2/5). With Nilgun Bayraktar, Philip Scheffner and Stefan Kruse

“After Social Networks” is pleased to invite you to the second session of its seminar “Images in commons” on the 18th October at 20h (UTC+2). 
The sessions of this cycle of virtual encounters 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.
Recording available in the “Publications” section of our website.

For this second online session, in English, we were pleased to welcome:

– Nilgun Bayraktar, researcher and professor at California College of the Arts;
– Philip Scheffner, German artist and filmmaker;
– Stefan Kruse, Danish artist and filmmaker.

Together, they questioned the political and poetic stakes of visual, vernacular and media representations circulating on the internet, of immigration and the so-called migratory “crisis” in Europe and the Mediterranean.

After a presentation by Nilgun Bayraktar and the viewing of some fragments of the documentary films “Havarie” (Scheffner, 2016) and “The Migrating Image” (Kruse, 2018) a time of discussion between the three guests, and eventually with the audience, took place.

Seminar supported by the Fondation de France – Dream Big and Grow Fast grant.

Appropriating the Collapse





Download the program in pdf here.


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.

“Images in commons” (1/5). With Liselotte Mas, Antoine Schirer and Félix Tréguer

“After Social Networks” is pleased to invite you to the launch of its seminar “Images in commons”on May 25th, 2021 at 7pm (UCT +2).
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 : https://zoom.us/j/93276783736
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 ecologiedescgu@protonmail.com 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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Download the poster