General public’s taste for contemporary prints

March 12, 2018 § Leave a comment

An experimental exhibition is currently running at Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Angers : 6 to 23rd of March. The aim is to gather general public’s artistic sensibility through a three-stage participatory design:
(1) a-priori choice of cards representing the prints
(2) exhibition visit
(3) impression and modified choices

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Results of the study will be delivered in Automn 2018.

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Q-method teaching

September 18, 2017 § Leave a comment

Q-method offers many opportunities to study others’ subjectivity as well as one’s own subjectivity. Many fields can be investigated through this lens: environmental economics, care studies, art, among others.

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Art & Subjectivity – Work-in-progress

May 30, 2017 § Leave a comment

One of my last project pertains to the subjective appreciation of art, and more specifically contemporary prints. Stephenson’s Q-method of scientific study of subjectivity is implemented. Fieldwork is currently ongoing with exploratory results expected in next september.

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Residency at Frans Masereel Center

October 11, 2015 § Leave a comment

Following my sabbatical period (2014-2015) dedicated to the study of contemporary prints valuation, I will be spending a writing period at the Frans Masereel Center. The objective is be to exploit the qualitative material that has been gathered during last year, trying to make sense of what is happening to contemporary prints in France. Staying at FM will also be a wonderful opportunity to confront my analyses to the views of other international resident artists.

Intensive Q-study of Mobile App’s Non-Users

January 27, 2015 § Leave a comment

Information and communication technology use is a matter of societal importance. These technologies are developing at a rapid pace and absorb significant investments from the part of governments, companies and even individuals. Their adoption and use in everyday life constitutes a challenge as the potentialities of ICT are plentiful: education, business, health and culture are a few of the many sectors impacted by IT. This is even truer with mobile technologies. Interestingly, a recent meta-analysis of mobile internet usage underlines the scattered and fragmented nature of academic research dedicated to the use and non-use of mobile technologies and services (Gerpott and Thomas, 2014).

The reasons why people accept and adopt or not these technologies remain a vast domain of research. In this project, instead of focusing on the reasons for accepting and using ICT, we adopt a reverse viewpoint, trying to investigate the subjectivity of one “non-user”. Indeed, a recent ACM working group – Association for Computing Machinery – calls for more research in both conceptualising and investigating non-use (Baumer, Ames, Brubacker, Burrell and Dourish, 2014). This research group also points out the methodological challenge associated with the study of non-use. In this context, we advocate that Q-method offers a timely methodological option.

Building upon the avenue suggested by Stephenson that a single case study might be as rich as studies with several individuals, we conduct an investigation using nine conditions of instruction with the same participant. Our research findings exhibit that 4 viewpoints can be distinguished and that “non-use” is far from being a homogeneous concept.

Thanks to Q method, the different shades of technology acceptation, adoption and appropriation can be documented and brought into light. “Non-use” can be pictured as a changeable geometry between different aspects. A hexagon sums up the different significant dimensions as they appear from this single-case. Depending on circumstances, this hexagon varies across dimensions leading to different use-behaviour patterns (such as use, non-use, and partial use) as pictured below.changeable hexagonThis research will appear in Operant Subjectivity, 37/4.

Sabbatical period / contemporary prints valuation

November 6, 2014 § Leave a comment

pourblogThis year, I will have a sabbatical period that will allow me to investigate an exciting area : contemporary prints’ valuation processes. This topic remains largely unexplored whether in the field of cultural ecnomics  or in the one of arts marketing. Interviews with different actors – curators, institutions, buyers, artists, galeries, editors etc. – are being conducted and will be qualitatively analysed in order to draw a exploratory picture of the topic.

Updates will be published periodically 😉